Imagine you are in the zone writing your essay or creating that unique content for your followers online. You are already on the 1000+ words and you can feel the rush of writing your thoughts into that document. Then suddenly your laptop screen goes black. Blank. The battery is drained empty. You can see your furious and rather shocked face on the black screen staring back at you. Did you forget to save the file. Sure, you are a professional and losing your cool isn’t an option. You plug the power cable and turn the laptop back on hoping that all your hard work is miraculously still available. But no, its gone, it must be written again.
I know that has happened to you at least once. And I’ll tell you, I know exactly how that feels. So just like you, I also wondered how to prolong the life of my laptop battery so that I do not experience frustration due to laptop problems.
Most laptops sold in Australia have a typical laptop and notebook battery capacity between 2000 to 6000 mAh. A Milliampere (basic unit for measuring electrical current), denoted by mAh is a standard unit used to denote the 1000th part of an ampere hour. Basically, mAh is a quantity used to calculate how long a particular battery would last and battery capacity with more mAh then would mean it will hold charge longer.
The good news is that you can get even more usage from your laptop battery, including per each full charge. Let’s see what we can do for better laptop maintenance 🙂
First of all, if you are a content creator (or a student who needs to write many assignments) then CTRL+S is your friend. Its a shortcut key for Windows Operating System. That means, if you use Microsoft Word for your writing tasks, make a good habit of pressing on CTRL+S on your keyboard so that your work is saved more often.
Second insight we can share with you is Windows has a folder which may become useful to recover certain files. Here’s what to do:
Search for %temp%
Or just use this path C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp
I remember the relief when I found what I thought was lost in that folder many times. So now let’s see what else we can do for prolonging our laptop battery life.
Change Your Power Settings
Whether you use your laptop normally like many Aussies or whether you are a gamer who needs full performance out of your laptop computer device. One of the easiest things to do is to change your PC power settings. It is by default set at Balanced mode.
Click > Start
Click > Control Panel
Click > Power Options
Select one of the Preferred Plans (Balanced – High Performance – Power Saver)
(or create your own power plan according to your own usage needs)
Create a power plan (left hand menu)
Click > Change plan settings
This is one of the best option for extending your laptop’s battery life. Since you can create your own custom plans, it’s wise to create different power plans according to your usage requirements. For example: if you write content often, then you can create a plan that uses the least power (i.e. adjust CPU usage to be 80%). Then, you can also create another plan which can be set to use high performance settings.
In all cases, explore this option for better maintenance. Remember, if you do live in Brisbane Queensland Australia and your laptop battery is not working, or needs replacement, simply locate The Electronic Fix laptop repair store in Brisbane. We can also tune up your computer device (at affordable rates) so that its setup uniquely just for your own unique needs.
Switch to Airplane Mode
Just like a smart phone having airplane mode option, your laptop device can turn on airplane mode to save the laptop battery from draining fast. Switching to this mode also keeps distractions away such as unnecessary push notifications and updates that run in the background and eat away your battery power. This is also a great when you want to just relax listening to your favourite music or simply focus on reading your favourite novel.
To turn airplane mode on or off, select the Network icon on the taskbar, then select Airplane mode.
Don’t Drain the Battery Empty
Don’t let your laptop batter be drained empty. Frequent draining of the battery to 0% could lead to a faster discharge. Most laptops today in 2022 use Lithium-Ion batteries which usually discharges at 1% every month. If taken for granted, this discharge rate could plummet thus leaving your battery capacity less than the expected mAh. Furthermore, if your laptop has removable battery, you can remove it and just use the power plug from the wall (especially if you do not move your laptop around).
Laptops Maintained Tuned-Up and Repaired
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