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Extend Your Laptop Battery Life

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Modern graphic intensive operating systems and resource hungry applications are cutting down the life of your laptop’s battery every day.

The average battery life per continuous use still stands at a maximum of three to four hours. How do you keep your battery going for as long as possible?

Here you can follow these 14 easy steps to do so:

1. Defrag regularly The faster your hard drive does its work – less demand you are going to put on the hard drive and your battery. Make your hard drive as efficient as possible by defragging it regularly.

2. Switch off the wireless card if you do not plan to access your network or Internet connection. For Mac laptops, there is a button for powering on and off your wireless device is found on the toolbar at top.

3. Reduce the LCD's brightness level. If you use your laptop in a well-lit area or outdoors on a sunny day, try setting it at two or three bars. Turn the volume level down, or mute it, if you do not plan to use it.

4. Cut down external devices USB devices including your mouse & Wi-Fi drain down your laptop battery. Remove or shut them down when not in use. It goes without saying that charging other devices with your laptop when on battery is a sure-fire way of quickly wiping out the charge on your laptop battery.4

5. Learn to single-task. ITunes, Desktop Search, etc. All these add to the CPU load and cut down battery life. Shut down everything that isn’t crucial when you’re on battery.Instead of leaving multiple applications and windows open, use only what you need at any given time.

6. Run simple applications that don't use much RAM, disk drive or processing power. Need to write a letter? Use a basic text editor rather than the processor and RAM heavy Microsoft Word. Graphics heavy applications like games or movie watching are especially hard on the battery.

7. Avoid extreme temperatures. Batteries rely on basic chemistry and will die faster extreme temperatures. Try to charge and use the battery at room temperatures. Use a cooling pad when using a notebook computer on your lap. Avoid propping your laptop on a pillow, blanket, or other soft surface that can heat up.

8. Use the power management settings on your computer that come built in. On Windows XP, click "Power Options" in your control panel. On a Mac, look for "Energy Saver" in System Preferences.

9. Shut down or hibernate the laptop rather than using standby, if you plan on not using it for a while. Standby continues to drain energy to keep your laptop ready to go when you open the cover.

10. Clean your battery contacts. Clean the battery's metal contacts with rubbing alcohol on a damp cloth. This keeps the transfer of power from your battery more efficient.

11. Take care of your battery exercise the Battery. Do not leave a charged battery dormant for long periods of time. Once charged, you should at least use the battery at least once every two to three weeks. Also, do not let a Li-On battery completely discharge. Batteries leak power if they aren't used fairly soon after charging. If you use your "full" battery 2 weeks after you last charged it, you may discover it is empty.

12. Avoid using a CD or DVD. If you store a copy of data you need on an optical disc, copy it to your laptop's hard drive or a thumb drive before traveling. Optical drives consume large amounts of power to spin up CDs and DVDs. Try to avoid applications that keep your hard drive or optical drive spinning.

13. Turn off ports, by disabling unused ports and components, such as VGA, Ethernet, PCMCIA, USB, and yes, your wireless, too.

14. Create Power-Saving Hardware Profiles. Configure your laptop for the various scenarios in which you use it . You can do this through the Hardware Profiles menu by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Preferences or by using a freeware utility such as SparkleXP.17 (TIMExplore.com)

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