How frustrating is it to encounter the ‘low battery’ alert while immersed in a critical project? The universal scramble for chargers and power outlets follows this ominous sign. Yet, various laptop functions significantly impact battery life and can be optimized for prolonged usage.
Whether on a PC or Mac laptop, factors such as power settings, running applications, and ambient temperature wield influence over your device’s battery life.
Windows Performance Management Tool:
This exclusive PC tool, found on the taskbar slider for Windows 10 and in Settings under Systems and Power & Battery for Windows 11, consolidates battery-affecting functions. Ranging from Best Performance to Battery Saver modes, it allows users to prioritize power over efficiency, limiting resources for background apps.
MacOS Battery Settings:
On MacOS, energy-saving features are accessible through the System Preferences app. Optimize battery life by slightly dimming the display and disabling Power Nap. Recent MacBook Pro models adjust brightness to 75% when unplugged, enhancing energy conservation.
Airplane Mode and App Management:
For offline work, activating Airplane mode conserves battery life by eliminating background app usage. Limit app usage to essentials, close energy-hogging apps, and prevent auto-launching apps during startup.
Adjusting Graphics and Display:
Powerful graphic processors contribute to battery consumption. On Windows 11, customize graphic processor usage for specific apps, optimizing performance for tasks like gaming. Similarly, macOS users can select “Automatic graphics switching” for efficient energy use.
While advanced, laptop batteries can overheat without proper ventilation. Ensure optimal airflow by using laptops on firm surfaces. Dust and obstructions impeding internal fans can hinder battery ventilation, leading to damage.
Efficiently managing these aspects empowers users to extend laptop battery life, enhancing productivity without frequent interruptions.