Tips and Tricks: Drastic Steps to Improve Laptop Battery Life

You're sitting at an airport and you don't have your charger. Your boss called and he needs you to finish that report by the end of the day. Your battery is already half drained, how are you going to get it done in time? For just these racing against the clock scenarios we've tested several ways to get the most our of your laptop's battery.

#1: Turn the Brightness Completely Down
The first thing you probably thought of too, turning down your brightness is an everyday way to get more juice out of your laptop; it probably already does it automatically when your computer isn't plugged into an outlet. Our method is far more extreme and it will make it pretty difficult to read, although not impossible. From this you can save about 6% of your battery life.

#2 Turn Windows 7 Special Effects off
Windows 7 is a thing of beauty, transition effects make it a lot more appealing than its predecessors. These effects come at a cost though, requiring a lot of processor use. Turning them off will lower your power consumption by about 10%, a significant savings

#3 Use a High Contrast Theme
Like the logic behind the Blackle search engine, switching to theme that is white or some other color on black, can save you power. Text is more difficult to read, but it can save you a lot of power, 13% of your battery life.

Combining them all
Combining them all doesn't just linearly increase your battery life, since using a high contrast them automatically turns off Windows' effects. Trying everything gives you about the same as using a high contrast them, about 10 percent.

Verdict:
Next time you are racing against the clock we recommend using a high contrast theme, since that will do the most to increase your battery life while maximizing your productivity.


About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.