Getting the most out of your Laptop Battery....

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Feb 14, 2006, 9:04:40 AM2/14/06
to Laptop Battery FAQ
A question everyones mind, How do you get the most out of the
battery??? What can I do to make it last longer???

* Use the AC adapter whenever possible, but not all the time. Use the
battery on its own as well.
* Set the Windows Power Management settings to maximum savings.
* Lower the brightness setting on the screen backlight.
* Disconnect any unused devices (e.g., modems, wireless LAN cards) when
not needed.
* Disable Auto Insert Notification on the CD-ROM.
* Turn off Autosave features.
* Disable automatic formatters, spell checkers, and autorecalculate
* Add more RAM to lower disk access time.
* If you have a backup battery, use it in rotation with the current
* Use the Suspend or Hibernate feature when taking a break or a long
* Fully drain and recharge the battery every couple of months, this
helps to recalibrate the smart electronics even if the cells are fine.
* Minimize the number of programs running at the same time.
* Check the power save settings under the BIOS. If this is not enabled
then the Windows Power Management settings may not work properly.
* If you are taking the battery out to store it, make sure it has
atleast 40 - 50% charge. DO NOT fully charge it or discharge it before
* Use smaller programs when possible (e.g., WordPad versus Word).
* Minimize game play and DVD viewing.

Battery Wizard

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