Extend Battery life of a laptop or Smartphone!

Battery has a life just like other equipment whereas your laptop may work smoothly for 5-6 years. But the battery merely stays long lasting for 2-3 years. So how we can extend battery life? Anyhow we must replace the battery after 2-3 years. Many of us are always curious to know the tricks to extend battery life of a laptop and smartphone. So go through this article and you will know the tricks to extend battery life for at least 1-2 years more.

Extend battery life of laptop and smartphones

How do I calibrate a laptop battery?

Is it lithium or nickel-metal hydride? If it is lithium, you cannot calibrate it. Lithium has a life that is defined by cycles. A cycle means going from 100% to 0%. If you always charge your lithium from 80% or from 50% to 100% that is not a cycle. It is always best to recharge lithium before it reaches 0%. The other thing with lithium is that if it does not have electrons flowing through it. For long periods of time, especially if it drains to 0% it will shorten charge life. This is why people who store lithium batteries for long periods. Find that they don’t hold a charge as well when they put it in storage some time ago.

Nicad batteries work differently. You can recalibrate them. Nicad batteries want to be used to 0% before recharging. If you have an old nicad battery you can re calibrate using a special charger/ discharger. The one I own is made by Maha. It will slowly trickle discharge a nicad, then slowly recharge to refresh it. It also has chips inside it to read currents and do. This most efficiently for whatever battery you are trying to refresh. Lithium can’t do this though.

How does calibration of a laptop battery work?

Most secondary cells (rechargeable) tend to maintain a continuous output voltage right up the point of going flat.

While some such cells have minor voltage deterioration during their discharge cycles, Lithium based cells tend to exhibit this effect to a far lesser degree. This means that a chip is inserted into the battery to monitor usage and the charge circuitry relies on the information from this chip to estimate the remaining capacity of the battery.

Even assuming that Lithium cells are capable of infinite cycles, the chip can get “out of sync” with the cycles of the battery. Calibration is the act of running the battery to full discharge so that the monitoring chip resets itself to “zero”. That way, the information from the chip that is used for charge control and monitoring is more accurate.

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Unfortunately, Lithium cells begin degrading from the moment of final assembly in the factory. If the chip is not “smart” enough, it fails to recognize the gradual loss of total capacity in the cell and can assume 100% factory capacity when the battery has degraded to only 50% capacity. A calibration reset of the chip will “reprogram” it to provide the appropriate information based on the reduced capacity.

Different Laptop Brands settings to extend Battery life

HP suggests the first charge on their laptops should be for 24-hours – despite the battery showing 100% within a short time – and that this first long charge is essential for long battery life. Isn’t it bad to keep the battery at 100% for so long?

It’s the first time (and maybe the only time) don’t forget. Li-Ion is constricted using very small amounts of lithium. the damage done to li batteries is usually the migration of copper or lithium.

In the early days it was recommended to break in or saturate a battery during the first charge. Most things I’ve read say that’s no longer correct OR that the 20–80% “thing” is more important.

Dell and Lenovo altered their BIOS to include a battery saver mode which inhibits charging to less than 100% (Lenovo use 60% dell 80%) and a couple of months ago HP joined the party with a BIOS update that included a battery saver mode too. So, they are obviously taking that information seriously.

I haven’t had chance to play with an HP – so I don’t know details – but it’s probably going to be hidden in advanced settings – dell you enable advanced which then enables charge mode – so you must dig the option out it’s not immediately obvious. or look in windows power settings. You won’t damage the battery with a couple of 100% charges – it’s a long term “thing” so a couple of times isn’t worth worrying about – but don’t let the grass grow too far. –

App to extend the battery life of a laptop or Smartphone

It is called your operating system settings like Power Management, Screen Brightness, etc.

Yes, you may be able to find a third-party program that will do that for you. Yet, that third party program will run the background and waste your system resources, including your battery.

Everything to manage your power management and other things like screen brightness is in your operating system settings.

The manufacturer of the laptop also may have its own app that can condition/calibrate your battery. Outside of that. Do not use any of the third-party system management software. Not worth it due to it will end up using your system resources instead of helping the system resources.

What are the best methods to extend a laptop’s battery life?

  • Keep your laptop safe from external interference by using a surge protector or a battery backup unit. This will prevent any sudden changes in the power supply, which can cause your laptop to shut down unexpectedly. By protecting your battery from extreme conditions, it will last longer and have better performance.
  • Make sure that you do not set the laptop on a soft surface, such as a pillow or other fabric. The battery should be kept in an upright position to prevent any possible damage due to leakage.
  • If supported by your laptop’s power supply, use the appropriate wattage required for maximum battery life.
  • If the laptop’s internal cooling system is not sufficient for your needs, consider purchasing a cooling pad.
  • The use of hibernate mode will help to conserve power when the laptop is not in use.
  • Remove any unnecessary external devices such as printers or external hard drives that might be connected to your laptop and prevent them from drawing power while not in use.
  • When not in use, disconnect the laptop’s power supply.
  • Consider using the “sleep” or “hibernate” features instead of shutting down your computer each time you are finished using it for an extended period. This will help to conserve battery power when it is necessary to quickly resume your work.
  • Avoid overheating your laptop by using it in an area with blowing air or placing objects on top of it. If your laptop is overheated, the battery will not charge properly, and you are likely to get a shutdown error message.
  • Avoid using the CD/DVD drive when possible. It uses unnecessary power and can increase the temperature of your laptop.
  • Try to keep the laptop’s battery fully charged. If it is almost at full charge, disconnecting from AC power can prolong its life by keeping it in a high state of charge.
  • Avoid using your computer while it is plugged in whenever possible. By running off battery power, when possible, you can increase your laptop’s overall runtime.
  • If you do not plan to use your laptop for an extended period (one month or more), remember to remove the battery from the computer.
  • Keep in mind that using USB devices such as a mouse or an external hard drive will drain the battery. If you must use these devices, then try to use them only when your laptop is plugged into AC power.
  • If your battery drains too quickly under normal conditions, this may be an indicator of a faulty battery. Consider replacing the battery if it is no longer holding a charge.
  • Keep in mind that batteries are not designed to last forever. Depending on how often and under what conditions you use your laptop, it is likely that the battery will need to be replaced every one to three years even if properly cared for.
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