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Laptop Battery Tips Usage Tips If you find yourself with no electrical adapter or power source and need your battery to operate for as long as possible, here are a few tips you can try when your notebook computer is in battery mode: 1. Use the notebook s power management system In !icrosoft "indows the #$ower %ptions& power management application can be found inside the 'ontrol $anel. In the $ower %ptions $roperties tab select the #$ortable/Laptop& power scheme. !any notebook manufactories also pro(ide their own custom power management applications, which help to optimi)e power usage and e*tend battery time. +. ,urn down the display brightness -ou can lower the L'. brightness le(el to use less energy. In fact a lower brightness le(el also strains the eyes less and causes less fatigue. /. 'lose any unused applications 0pplications are a burden on the system and re1uire energy to run. 'losing any unused applications will reduce that burden and any energy consumption down the line. 2. 3emo(e any unused $' 'ards or US4 de(ices from your notebook ,hese de(ices re1uire energy e(en when they sit idle, so remo(ing them can help to e*tend your notebook s battery time. 5. .isable "ireless L06 or 4luetooth network adapter when not in use .itto for the "ireless L06 or 4luetooth network adapters. 7. Increase system memory -our computer stores data for use by the '$U in system memory or as (irtual memory in the hard dri(e. Increasing system memory helps to reduce the system s reliance on the hard dri(e, which uses more energy than system memory. 8. 3educe unnecessary optical dri(e operation/acti(ity 0(oid acti(ities that re1uire your optical dri(e to operate constantly, such as listening to '.s. 9. 0(oid graphics intensi(e applications ,he notebook system will run in a high performance settings when using these applications, causing the battery to run down at a (ery 1uick rate. Maintenance Tips 0lmost all notebooks today utili)e rechargeable Lithium:ion ;Li:Ion< batteries. Lithium Ion pro(ides many benefits o(er earlier 6ickel: !etal =ydride ;6i!=< or 6ickel 'admium ;6i'd< 4atteries, including less mass, better performance, and insusceptibility to the so: called >memory effect>. .espite these benefits you can ma*imi)e your battery s lifespan by following these maintenance tips: 1. 6ew batteries must be fully charged before use ,o put your battery in optimum condition for long:term usage, please fully charge the battery before its first use. ?ery importantly as well, for the first / charge cycles, always fully charge before use and fully discharge before recharging. +. 'alibrate the battery e(ery few months 0lmost all notebook batteries are created with an internal microprocessor, which pro(ides an estimate of battery conditions such as number of charges, discharges, full charge capacity and cycle charge count. ,he full charge capacity will become a little inaccurate after a few months and calibrating it can help restore the battery s performance. Some notebooks pro(ide calibration tools in the 4I%S or a "indows application. If your notebook pro(ides either of them, you can follow these three steps prior to calibration:

1. $lug in your notebook s power adapter and fully charge your battery. +. "hen your battery is fully charged, disconnect the power adapter and use your notebook in battery mode. .isable all battery warning operations in $ower %ptions $roperties such as Shut down, Stand:by or =ibernation. "hen the remaining power is /@, close all running application and allow the notebook to shut itself down. /. $lug your power adapter in and fully charge your battery. -our battery has been sufficiently drained for calibration. /. Use your battery in the proper conditions Aenerally speaking, batteries work best at around 79BC ;+DB'<, but temperatures between /+B to E5BC ;DB to /5B'< will allow a battery to works in good condition too. 0llowing your battery to work in conditions that are too hot or cold can lower its performance. It may also ha(e a negati(e influence on the battery s lifespan as well. 2. Store your battery in the proper conditions when not in use If you don t plan to use your notebook for a month or more, we recommend the battery be stored separately in a clean, dry and cool place. $lease also ensure that the battery has about a 8D@ charge remaining. .uring storage the battery will perform a slow self:discharge, so we do not recommend storing it for a (ery long time ;/ months or more<, because it can impact the wellbeing of the battery. Other Information =igher capacity battery or spare batteries Some notebooks may be offered with an option on a higher capacity battery, which may also be offered as a separate purchase. -ou can take ad(antage of both to e*tend your notebook s unplugged time. 3eplace the battery 0 battery that has been cared for properly should pro(ide at least /DD full charge and discharge cycles. -ou can choose to purchase a replacement battery when your original battery longer is no longer able to ser(e you properly. ,he main symptom of this is a much shorter runtime e(en after calibration. 4attery recycling $lease do not dispose of old notebook batteries in the rubbish bin as they can pollute the en(ironment. 4atteries should be recycled or collected for safe disposal through your local municipal or commercial programs.