Battery Drain – How to Stop it!

Despite big advancements in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Here are some ways to extend the life of your batteries:

  • Use the power management settings on your computer that comes built in.
  • Switch off the wireless card if you do not plan to access your network or internet connection
  • Disable Bluetooth if you don’t use it.
  • Shut down or hibernate the laptop if you plan on not using it for awhile.
  • Turn off unused ports such as VGA, Ethernet, PMCIA and USB.

  • Reduce the LCD’s brightness level when in well-lit areas.
  • Turn down the screen resolution.
  • If your laptop has an OLED based display, avoid displaying white images. OLED screens consume a lot less power displaying blank. 
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Batteries will die faster at 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.

What is the worst power mode for battery drain?
  • Sleep mode doesn’t use too much power and is useful if you want to stop working for a short period of time.
  • When your computer is in hibernate mode, it uses zero power
  • Connected standby can be more of a drain on your battery than “sleep” or “hibernate” as applications are still running and updating
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