Best Practices for Battery Performance

Want to make your battery last longer? Read this short article on how to get the most out of your battery.

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Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan

  • Battery Life: the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged.
  • Battery Lifespan: the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced.

General Performance Tips

  • Update to the latest software.
    • Software updates include advanced energy-saving technologies, so always make sure your device is using the latest version
  • Avoid Extreme Ambient Temperatures
    • Extremely high temperatures can permanently damage battery capacity
    • Do NOT charge your device in high ambient temperatures because it can damage the device even further
    • (For Apple); MacBooks works best at 50° to 95°
    • (For Microsoft) Surfaces work best between 32°and 95°
  • Remove Certain Cases During Charging
    • While charging, your device may generate excess heat because of the case that the device is placed in.
      • If you find your device tends to overheat while charging, try taking off the case that the device is in first.
  • If Storing it Long-Term, Store it Half-Charged
    • Two factors will affect the overall health of the battery:
      • The environmental temperature and the percentage of charge on the battery when it’s powered down for storage
    • If storing the device when it’s fully discharged, the battery could fall into a deep discharge state- which renders it incapable of holding a charge
    • If storing when fully charged, the battery may lose some capacity- leading to shorter battery life
    • If placing it in a storage area, place it in a cool, moisture-free environment less than 90° F.
  • Preserve Your Battery Charge
    • Remove USB powered devices whenever possible
    • Close all unnecessary programs when not in use
    • Decrease screen brightness
  • Turn Off
    • Whenever not in use, try to turn off your laptop when going to bed or for when you’re not using your laptop for a few hours at a time.

 

Types of Battery

  • Swappable: made of lithium-ion cells that can be easily removed and replaced with a fully charged spare battery. (None of the laptops that we have in store, have a swappable battery)
  • Built-In: These batteries are not easily removable and will require a technician to replace it.

 

Dell/Microsoft: Extending Battery Life

  • For both of these companies, selecting a pre-configured power plan will automatically adjust key settings
  • To extend battery life as long as possible:
    • Turn off wireless
    • Avoid Multitasking
    • Limit Power-Intensive Activities
    • Change the Power Plan
    • Turn on “Battery Saver” in settings
  • Utilities
    • Leaving a laptop plugged in all the time or never allowing your battery to fully charge when it’s plugged can reduce the battery’s charge capacity and shorten its lifecycle.
  • Once a month, recharge when it’s 10% or lower

 

For more info you can search at these websites for more in-depth details:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4023450/surface-surface-battery-and-power

http://www.dell.com/support/article/ba/en/babsdt1/sln85590/how-to-improve-your-dell-laptops-battery-performance?lang=en#3

https://www.apple.com/batteries/maximizing-performance/

 




Keywords:battery, longevity, battery life, battery health, computer temperature, make your computer last longer   Doc ID:82880
Owner:Madison C.Group:DoIT Tech Store
Created:2018-06-12 16:56 CDTUpdated:2018-09-20 13:15 CDT
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