As summer begins and more people are going on vacation and continuing to work off site, we wanted to send you a few reminders regarding ways to increase your laptop battery life.

1. Keep the Vents Clear

Never sit your laptop on a couch cushion, or on a mattress, or anything soft that hinders airflow through the little slots on the bottom and sides of your machine. Those vents can suck up dust and debris, clogging up the fans and causing your laptop to work harder. And, the harder the machine works, the more battery power it is going to require. If you hear a loud buzzing (like a fan spinning really fast), or your laptop base is so hot you could cook an egg on it, chances are you should consider moving to a tabletop or hard surface to work. If this buzzing is consistent, the laptop doesn’t cool down or you need assistance cleaning the dust out of the vents, please contact us.

2. Keep the Screen Brightness Down

When you do not need the screen brightness cranked up, turn it down. The screen is the number one battery drain on any mobile device, including your laptop. Adjusting this setting through the Power Options will prove beneficial. If you are using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, type “Power” in the search field by the power menu. Click on “Power Options,” and notice the slide bar at the bottom of that window, aptly named “Screen Brightness.” You can adjust accordingly from here. Make sure to keep the backlight to a minimum.

3. Unplug When Charged

When the battery is full and the laptop is not in use, unplug it from the charger. Generally speaking a battery will give you 300 to 500 full discharge cycles or charges. Keeping it plugged in can significantly decrease the amount of charges that this battery can take. Keeping that juice flowing when the laptop battery is full can be damaging to some batteries. Current recommendations include operating your laptop between forty and eighty percent battery life to get the most life out of the battery.

Should you have any questions regarding this topic, please email: help@DorsetConnects.com.