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Imagine doing business 30 years ago without a reliable laptop. It’s a daunting thought, especially when you’re faced with an hour’s worth of work and only 30 minutes left on your laptop battery. No one wants to be caught in the dreaded low battery limbo during a crucial meeting or presentation. With a bit of know-how, you can extend your laptop battery’s lifespan and keep it running optimally for years. 

Understanding your battery is crucial. Most laptops today use lithium-ion batteries, which have a limited number of charge cycles. A charge cycle is a full discharge from 0% to 100%, and each cycle reduces the battery’s capacity. 

The golden rule? Avoid full discharges whenever possible. Don’t let the battery run out completely. 

Let’s explore your laptop’s power settings to customize your battery preferences. Hibernation mode is your friend – it activates before your battery hits rock bottom. Don’t forget to enable Battery Saver mode, which is a lifesaver when your battery is running low. 

Next, declutter your system. Close background apps and eliminate unnecessary power drains. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use and dim your screen brightness to save energy. 

What about charging etiquette? Contrary to popular belief, keeping your laptop plugged in won’t harm your battery – modern devices are smarter than you think. Just avoid extreme temperatures and try not to let your battery dip below 20%. 

When storing your laptop for an extended period, store it with around 50% charge. If you’re ever in doubt, battery apps offer real-time insights into your battery’s health. 

Lastly, stay on top of software updates. New patches and upgrades can optimize performance and minimize energy consumption, giving your battery a new lease on life. 

We help businesses get the most from their devices for as long as possible. If we can do the same for you, get in touch