Since I like to plan ahead, I knew that I needed to fully juice my laptop battery the night before WWDC in order to be maxed out for the two-hour live-blogging event the next day. But unfortunately, unlike the new Macbooks that were announced at the Apple keynote, mine does not last for seven hours. I'm lucky to get two and a half! But I'll cut this bad boy a break, cause it works really, really hard. So to preserve power, I shut off all unnecessary programs, and turned down the brightness on my screen to squeeze out every bit of power I could (there were no outlets in the audience). This not only helped get me a few extra minutes blogging time, but it helped to keep the annoyance factor down a notch for the other geeks in the crowd. I mean, keeping your laptop at full brightness during a keynote would be like checking your iPhone for messages during a movie. Bad form, indeed.
From the office of Yes, Really comes this tip for maintaining maximum cell phone and laptop battery life: Real Simple advises you to swipe a cotton swab dipped in alcohol across the battery contacts (make sure it's not dripping with alcohol, I assume).
They say this helps "maintain good battery connections and sustain the charge for a longer time."
Well, hot damn. Anyone ever heard of this? I may have to try it!
With wireless internet being so easy to use in places like coffee shops, my laptop has become my new handbag accessory. Most often, power supply outlets are not as easy to find, and I depend on the longevity of my laptop battery to last me for an hour or two of net surfing. If you are like me and you need to maximize your laptop's battery stamina, I have compiled some tips below to help you get more from your battery.
- Power down the display
Notice how on a Mac laptop, the screen fades when you haven't used your laptop for a few minutes? This is because the laptop is lowering the brightness of the screen to yield more battery life. By manually adjusting the brightness, you may get up to an hour of extra laptop time. For a PC computer, you can do this by going to Start/Settings/Control Panel/Display and clicking the Settings tab.
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