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Extending battery life on my laptop


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#1 chowery2085

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 12:40 PM

I have a multitude of Windows 7 Lenovo X200 Series laptops, and I am trying to figure out what Windows services I can enable/disable to help extend the already fleeting battery life.  Of course, getting replacement hardware is one option, but I am more focused on what can I do with Windows settings to extend battery life due to budgetary constraints.  Anything helps.  Thanks much.



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 07:06 PM

What do you mean by extend battery life - time between charges or lifespan of the battery itself ?

 

If the former, then you could try turning down the screen brightness a little, and turning off the wi-fi except when you need it. If it is the latter, then the advice I got from one battery supplier was to charge the battery to between 95 and 100% of capacity then run the laptop on the battery only until it was down to 10-15% capacity before plugging the charger in again.

 

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#3 DoodleMage

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 10:07 PM

Turn down your screen brightness as much as possible without having to strain your eyes. Avoid doing any tasks that use a lot of power that might cause your fans to have to crank up. Set your screen saver/sleep modes to lower wait periods, so getting up and going to make something to eat will make your computer conserve energy. In the bottom right you should see a battery icon, if you right click it you can set different power plans so your laptop behaves differently if it is plugged in or using battery power. Good luck.



#4 The Feet

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 02:34 AM

In terms of getting the maximum number of years from your battery , best plan is to choose a power option where the battery is only charged to 50% and to run the battery down periodically.




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