It’s happened to almost everyone when using a laptop. You are busy working away, only for the battery to give out. Considering that most modern laptops have a battery life of between 10-15 hours, keeping your battery healthy can be the difference between getting that presentation for work finished on the train ride home, or having to do the task when you get in. Not good for a healthy work-life balance!
So, here are some easy tips to follow to ensure that your laptop battery stays healthy and lasts as long as you need it to.
Analyze Battery Health
Yes, there’s apps and programs on most computers, like Lenovo Linux Laptops, that can show you how healthy your battery is. In some cases, you’ll need to download them, but in other cases, they come along with the machine. Use them once a week and if there’s any indication that your laptop is in trouble, contact a suitable expert for help on replacing the battery or correcting the issue.
Reduce Monitor Brightness
This is a big reason why most people who use laptops for more than six hours a day have migraines! But seriously, the brightness of your laptop screen will have an impact on your battery life, and if your laptop is constantly running on maximum brightness, then your battery will become overheated and is more likely to shut down.
Most people think that you should only charge a laptop when it has died, but this can cause damage to the battery. Most laptop batteries run on a lithium-ion battery, which means that for them to charge successfully without any long-term issues, you’ll need to charge it when it still has some juice left in it.
If you are going out for lunch but want to leave your laptop on, put it into hibernation or sleep mode, unless of course, you’re taking it with you. However, for many brands of computers, sleep mode can cause the central processing unit (CPU) to respond slowly, so in most cases, it’s best to simply put the machine into hibernation.
This will help to keep the battery cool while also ensuring that all the programs continue to run.
Keep It Cool
Batteries overheat, especially laptop batteries. To keep the battery running properly, the best thing to do is to use the laptop on a cool, flat surface, such as a table or desk, and on warm days, turn on a fan nearby. This will draw the heat away from the battery and will help the device to cool down, thus preserving the battery.
Avoid Running Multiple Programs
Not only is running multiple programs bad for the computer’s RAM, but it can also cause your laptop to overheat. This is because when there are multiple programs or apps open simultaneously, the graphics card will be working overtime, putting more strain on the battery. So, use a maximum of five programs at a time, and shut them down when you’re finished.