Optimizing Your Computer’s Battery Life

If you have spent any significant amount of time trying to figure out how you can make the battery on your laptop last longer, you have probably come across a seemingly endless number of (often contradictory!) methods. The explanation for this endless variety of methods for “extending your battery life” is that, quite frankly, the battery on your computer will eventually die no matter what you do (even if you removed your battery and hid it for the next ten years, you could come back to find that it no longer works at all!), and because of this, people are always assuming that the advice they followed was wrong, and that the “other” advice must be right. But while you cannot do anything that will cause your battery to last forever, there are a few specific things you can do to help your battery last longer.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you do not overcharge your battery and also do not undercharge your battery; if you can help it, you should never charge your battery all the way up to 100 per cent, and you should never let it run all the way down to empty.


Heat is another thing that can make your batteries run down, and as the temperatures inside your computer can often reach 110 degrees, this spells trouble for your battery; the best way for you to avoid heat damage to your battery is for you to remove the battery completely when you do not need it (that is to say, when you are simply running off of power).

Of course, there are some laptops these days (such as the newest Apple laptops) that do not allow you to remove the battery; the good news is that these same laptops usually keep the battery in a “cooler” compartment than everything else, and they also use technology that keeps the battery from overcharging – so with such a laptop, you will never have to worry about what you are doing to increase the battery life, as the laptop will take care of all of that on its own!



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