No one wants to change the original laptop battery, but there are some wrong behaviors that can damage the battery and shorten your Laptop Battery Life. To avoid these mistakes and know how to save your laptop battery life just keep reading.
Types of Laptop Battery
Lithium-Ion Batteries: Most modern laptops use lithium-ion batteries, this kind of batteries have an internal circuit that stops the charging process when the battery is fully charged.
A lithium-ion battery shouldn’t get warm while it’s in the charger. If it does, remove it. The battery may be defective.
Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries: Older laptops use nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride batteries. These batteries must be fully discharged and then fully recharged once a month for optimal battery life.
Mac Notebook Batteries: The Apple MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro use non-replaceable lithium polymer batteries.
How to check the health of the battery on Mac?
To check the health of the battery, press and hold the Option key while you click the battery icon in the menu bar. You’ll see one of the following status messages:
- Normal: The battery is functioning as expected.
- Replace Soon: The battery is functioning normally but holds less charge than it did when it was new.
- Replace Now: The battery is functioning normally but holds significantly less charge than it did when it was new. You can still use your computer, but if its performance is affected, take it to an Apple-authorized service technician to replace the battery.
- Service Battery: The battery isn’t functioning normally. You can use the Mac when it’s connected to a power adapter, but you should take it to an Apple Store or Apple-authorized service provider as soon as possible.
How to Save your Laptop Battery Life?
In Windows 10:
- Activate Windows 10 Battery Saver. To find it, go to Settings > System > Battery Saver or right-click the battery icon in the system tray.
- Make changes to the Power Plan screen to preserve battery life. Go to Settings > System > Power & Sleep.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections to save battery power.
- Activate Airplane Mode, at Settings > Network & internet > Airplane Mode (or Flight mode).
General tips to save laptop battery life:
- Charge a new laptop computer for at least 24 hours before using it.
- Lithium-ion batteries last the longest if they stay between 20% and 80% charged.
- Remove the battery if you use the laptop plugged into the wall most of the time.
- If you won’t be using the laptop for a month or more, remove the battery.
- If you don’t have a removable battery, run the charge down to 50% before you put it in storage.
- Occasionally charge the battery during lengthy storage times.
- Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures. Don’t leave your laptop in the car on a summer day or during a winter blizzard.
- Adjust the keyboard lighting, sleep settings, and screen brightness downward for better battery life.