Maintaining laptop battery life is a challenge. Running for an outlet to avoid interrupting an online conference or even having the inconvenience of having your computer shut down in the middle of writing a report is something no one wants to go through.
Increasing your laptop’s battery life ensures mobility and independence, as you get rid of cables and the need to always be close to an outlet. And that’s not hard to do. Windows 10 and 11 themselves have a few settings that will definitely help improve your notebook’s battery life.
Why is my battery life short?
Over time, batteries lose battery life. In addition, there are apps and computer functions that cause the battery to drain faster. You may have heard the term “battery formatting”. This is because, in the past, they were produced with materials that allowed the so-called memory effect. That’s why it was recommended to charge them only when they are 100% discharged.
However, this has become a thing of the past as batteries have started to be made with lithium, which has a longer lifespan. However, like previous generations, over time it loses efficiency and range as a certain amount of lithium is consumed in each recharge cycle. This means that, little by little, the battery life decreases.
How to increase laptop battery life?
The good news is that there is a way to improve battery performance with a few simple tricks. With a few procedures you can easily have longer battery life and save yourself the trouble of buying a new battery or even a new device. See, below, how to do that.
- The first step is to go to “Start Menu”, then go to “Windows System” and click on “Control Panel”. If you can’t see it easily, you can also type “Dashboard” or “Control Panel” into the Windows 10 search field and click the option that pops up;
- With the Control Panel open, look for the “Hardware and sounds” option. Clicking it will open another menu with more options. You need to choose “Power Options”;
- Under Power Options, you will see the appropriate controls to calibrate your battery power consumption. Each plan consists of a preset set of settings to manage your computer consuming more or less power. Click on “Create a power plan”;
- Three basic power plan options will then appear. The first is “Balanced”, which is the one recommended by Windows itself. The other two are: Power Saver, which reduces laptop performance by prioritizing basic functions, and High Performance, which gets the best performance but may consume more battery. Whichever plan you choose, you can change the settings and increase your computer’s battery life. To do this, click on “Change plan settings” or “Next” if you have already chosen one of the pre-configured plans;
- You will now be able to choose what your computer will do when it becomes idle. The options are “Turn off Video” and “Suspend computer activity”. The shorter the time, the more battery will be saved. Remember that some activities are considered idle by Windows. For example, a download or an update, so when you plan to do either of these things, choose the “Never” option from “Suspend the computer”;
- The next step is to click on “Change advanced power settings”. When you get to the “Battery” option, make a few changes. Under “Critical Battery Action” choose Hibernate in all situations. Then, in the “Critical Battery Level” section, choose a maximum of 5% and click “OK”;