As laptops grow in popularity, people are trying to find the best desktop replacements in the market. A good desktop replacement laptop will have a superior processing power, large screen display, decent audio output and a host of other beneficial features that provide a suitable substitute to a desktop computer.
Today’s laptops offer all the features that are found on a desktop besides providing a portable and a lightweight solution to all your needs. Brands such as Apple, Dell, ASUS, Lenovo and Sony have launched their desktop replacement laptops in the market that cater to all kind of tastes and budgets.
If you are looking to get more battery juice out from your laptop, you need to have a look at how you are using your laptop.
The First thing – Determining Your Battery Health
Determine your laptop’s battery health and analyze it from time to time. In case the battery fails to perform as per the company prescribed standards, it is probably time to buy a new battery pack.
The idea of portability is, of course, brought to reality by laptop computers with the help of rechargeable batteries. Without a power source that can function independently, the laptop will be unrealizable.
Achieving mobility for the laptop is greatly influenced by the batteries. With the proper information regarding these power providers, you can make a good choice of which laptop to use.
The older batteries that were previously used in laptops are Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) and Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH).
These suffered for the Dreaded Memory Effect which is the loss of full recharge capability when repeatedly discharged to the same amount and recharged before complete discharge.
Lithium-Ion batteries are typically the choice for laptop computers because of the inexpensiveness and efficiency of the device. Laptop batteries are usually quoted in terms of the cells. When shopping for a notebook computer, you will likely come across the 6-cells, 9-cells and 12-cells specifications.
How Do You Do It?
There are several methods to determine your battery’s capacity with respect to its initial specifications.
1. Some Batteries Have an Inbuilt Status Indicator
Push and hold the status button located below the battery pack. The LED lights indicate the battery’s current charge. Pressing the status switch for over three seconds will show the battery health. If zero LEDs appear, your battery is working healthy and is working at greater than 80 percent of its specified capacity. In case all the five lights appear, your battery is working at less than 60 percent at its specified capacity.
2. Check in the BIOS
You can enter the system BIOS by pressing the F2 function key while the Dell logo appears during the booting process. You can access the “battery health” option under the “system” menu. This gives you a qualitative analysis of the laptop battery.
3. Install a Power Management App
The power management system under FC6 calculates the maximum battery capacity at its full charge. It generates a percentage depending on the factory specification charge. You can view this information by right-clicking on the battery meter and then selecting information and expand the “more” area on the “device information” panel.
The Top Tips to Make your Battery Last Longer
Here are the few things that you can do to make your battery last longer than before.
1. Make it Go Through Full Recharge Cycles
Occasionally drain out the battery fully. This ensures that the battery remains calibrated with your device and you wouldn’t have to worry about instances where your battery level shows 30% but you actually have only 5% juice remaining, which can lead to unexpected shutdowns.
2. Remove the Battery When Not Needed
If you are not going to use your laptop for a while, it is a good idea to charge your device to around 50-60% and then remove the battery. Of course, you could only do it if your laptop has a removable battery.
3. Check for battery performance
We talked about it above, and you could check just how good your battery is compared to the original capacity it came in. All batteries have decreased capacities with age, but proper care is sure to increase its shelf life.
4. Tinker with the settings
What you need to be looking at is improving the battery life of your laptop, and you could do it with a few simple settings.
- Dim the screen light of your device to only what you need. The brighter the screen, the more battery juice do you consume.
- Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when you do not need it.
- Disconnect other peripherals like USB drives when you are not using them; they consume battery too.
- Change your power settings to ‘battery saver’
- Look for efficiency. For instance, SSD drives are far more battery efficient than normal HDD ones.
- Do not keep your laptop plugged in all the time. Your laptop battery needs to discharge to stay calibrated and to leave it at 100% all the time makes it ‘forget’ what it is supposed to do.
5. Check the Applications
Some applications boot right at the start up and start consuming battery. And more importantly, you don’t need them. Check which applications are consuming more power and whether you actually need them. If not, turn them off. You could do so by going to the System settings on your Windows laptop, selecting Battery and finally, Battery Usage by App.
Obtaining a replacement battery
You have the option of purchasing a new laptop replacement battery from the service store. There are few cases in which you can get a replacement battery under the warranty period.
However, in case your battery is degraded, it is advised to purchase a new battery if you wish to make your computer portable.
A laptop battery is considered dead when it is working at below 5 percent of its allotted factory specifications. You might want to change your laptop’s battery when it is operating at 50-60 percent of its specified capacity – it is the right time to replace the battery.