How to Maximize Laptop Battery Backup – Part 2

We have already gone through some of the tips to extract maximum out of your laptop battery. For those who didn’t get to read the tips, here is the link for the same. We are back with the Tip of the Week section with another set of points to remember to optimize the laptop battery.

• Ensure the battery contacts are clean: With time, the metal battery contact points tend to attract dirt, so it is better to clean the points with some soft cloth and alcohol to extract the max battery.

• Ensure proper health of the battery: Make sure that you don’t leave the battery charged for long time; it should be used once every two-three weeks. Doing this ensures longer usage of the battery.

• No Multitasking: Although computers are used for multitasking but you would have seen your battery drying out quickly when you are running several programs at the same time. Thus try to reduce the work load of the system when on battery.

• Prioritize: If you are already running low on the battery and need to maximize the usage then pick your program usage wisely as running email and word processing consume much less power than gaming or playing a DVD.

• Fully charging/discharging: Following the practice of fully charging and fully discharging provides the laptop with healthy and powerful battery.

If you also have some points then do let us know.

One Reply to “How to Maximize Laptop Battery Backup – Part 2”

  1. Hello,
    Most important tips for today’s Lithium-ion batteries are to not fully charge or discharge the battery, you will get more cycles out of battery life by charging near 40% and beginning discharge anywhere below full 100 % for eg 96%. This is an optimal setting based on cycles theory of li-ion
    Heat kills battery life so if you keep battery plugged in and a/c adaptor too you will find battery life shortened prematurely. It is better in most cases of long periods of plugged in laptop to discharge battery level to 40% (studies show this is best level to leave battery charge at if you want to store it for non-use) and use direct a/c power w/o battery inserted as it is exposed to high system temps while being in and a/c power running concurrently.
    Also most laptops will continue to push charge in to battery after it hits 100% thereby shortening life.
    In the end keeping those recommended levels and heat factors in mind, best advice is to use it or lose it.

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