5 Ways to Increase the Battery Life of your Windows 7 Laptop
Does your laptop often run out of battery and you have to charge it frequently? Well, there are some tips that you can try to enhance the power backup provided by your Windows 7-based laptop. There are certain Windows 7 power settings that can be tweaked to reduce unnecessary power consumption. You can also take steps to ensure maximum power backup. Here are five ways to enhance the battery life of your Windows 7-based laptop.
Decrease the brightness of your Windows 7 laptop
It’s the screen of a laptop that consumes most of the power out of all the system components. The screen brightness level can be changed manually or through the system settings as per your requirements. Usually, there are key combinations (along with ‘Fn’ key) that can be used to change the screen’s brightness level. To increase or decrease screen brightness settings, follow these steps:
- Click ‘Start’ button and type ‘Control Panel’ in ‘Search’ box. This will open the Control Panel
- Click ‘System and Security’ and select ‘Power Options’.
- Now, click the option ‘Change Plan Settings’.
- Click ‘Change advanced power settings.’
- Under ‘Display’, click ‘Display Brightness’ and enter a brightness percentage and click ‘Ok’.
Choose the ‘Power Saver’ plan for your Windows 7 laptop
Windows 7 gives you two power plans to choose from, which basically include a set of settings for a computer’s power consumption. The two plans are: ‘Balanced’ and ‘Power Saver’. ‘Balanced’ offers maximum display brightness but is configured to save power whenever the computer is left idle. ‘Power Saver’ option is ideal for improving battery backup. Here are the steps to select an appropriate power plan.
- In the notification area of the Windows taskbar, click the battery icon.
- Now from the options for the power plans that are displayed, choose one of them – Balanced or Power Saver.
Set when Windows 7 dims or powers off the display
- First of all, open 'Power Options' from the 'Control Panel'
- ClickÂ ‘Choose when to turn off the display’ from theÂ ‘Select a power plan’Â page,
- Now on theÂ ‘Change settings for the plan’Â page, select the display settings that you want to use. The settings can be configured for both when your laptop is running on battery or is connected to a direct power supply.
- ClickÂ ‘Save changes’.
Enable ‘Hibernate’ mode when the laptop lid is closed
If your laptop goes into ‘Sleep’ mode when the lid is closed, some power is still being used by the RAM and motherboard. In ‘Hibernate’ mode, the laptop saves the contents of the memory and powers off. This reduces power consumption as compared to ‘Sleep’ mode. Here’s how you can enable ‘Hibernate’ mode:
- Open ‘Control Panel from ‘Power Options’.
- On theÂ ‘Select a power plan’Â page, clickÂ ‘Choose what closing the lid does’.
- Now choose ‘Hibernate’ from the ‘When I close the lid’ menu under ‘On Battery’.
- Click ‘Save Changes’ to implement the new settings.
Turn off Wi-Fi and remove connected devices that are not in use
Whenever you are not using the Wi-Fi connection or Bluetooth feature of your Windows 7-based laptop, it is advisable to turn them off. This will help in reducing unnecessary power consumption. Also, when you don’t need the USB devices connected to your laptop, remove them.
With the help of these five simple tips, you can increase the battery backup for your Windows 7-based laptop.