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What is the best way to prolong battery life? esp. with HP laptops, and among all the laptop brands which of them probably has the longest battery life? any experience??

i mean, HOW DO YOU GUYS MAINTAIN YOUR BATTERY?? so it'd last years and still have at least a 1hour Up-time

asked Aug 13 '11 at 14:49

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edited Aug 14 '11 at 11:37

Actually the stuff you all said to me weren't new. so You're actually all correct,. and the reason why i checked one of the answer is because actually i was also thinking of buying another battery for traveling purpose. its hard to have no battery when you need it most. I used and treated my HP Compaq 511 like a desktop due to its Specs and performance,. so far there's not much of a problem except that my battery now is almost Dead. (it's battery up time is only 10mins. on Powersaver mode. (i configured powersaver mode for my laptop to use the least possible energy to make up for brown-outs) and 10 mins? 10 mins. is almost NOTHING! so i want to know HOW DO YOU GUYS MAINTAIN YOUR BATTERY - i think that's what i'm really asking for. and Thanks! I'm new here but this site's very very accommodating. :))

(Aug 14 '11 at 11:36) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

bdw, this HP Compaq 511 can do almost everything that a typical desktop can. (im actually using it ryt now) i've already stated its battery life (10mins) but should i be worried that its age is only around 1 year old? 'cause ive seen a 4-year old ACER (a much inferior brand than HP i suppose) with a battery life of around 1hour.

(Aug 14 '11 at 11:50) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

Everyone nailed it. Just turn down brightness (definitely. The screen is a verrrrrry battery intensive component), turn off wifi when you aren't using it (another big battery drainer is leaving wifi on when you aren't using the internet), and don't charge your battery every time you get a chance. I know sometimes that's unavoidable, but try to avoid it. Maybe carry around a backup battery (unless the battery is integrated) that is the same type and brand, and just swap the batteries when you are running low of juice. This is done by hibernating the computer, then swapping the batteries.

answered Aug 14 '11 at 00:01

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edited Aug 14 '11 at 00:03

Keep your brightness really low, minimize the use of process intensive programs, avoid charging peripherals via USB from your computers battery, and finally, go into your operation systems energy settings and set everything so that your computer uses minimal energy.

As to best laptop brand in terms of battery life I'd have to say Apple. Their Macbook Pro line gets crazy long battery life.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 14:56

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Give me a break. There are other brands that have great battery life. People just need to look around more.

(Aug 13 '11 at 20:27) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

Mac? just recently i've been really impressed with Mac, but a Mac Book with the same spec as a Notebook would cost me TWICE the price, or put it another way, it would mean that with the same amount of money you have, you'll get a LOWER Specs (tho more durable) than if you'd buy another brand of nb.

(Aug 14 '11 at 11:41) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

so any other brands? @jrdn: what do you mean "people just need to look more?" I can't buy all the Notebooks in the market!! (i can't even buy another one T.T) im actually looking around, that's why i'm asking..

(Aug 14 '11 at 11:43) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image
  1. Don't have Aero on.
  2. Close all programs you don't need. This includes programs running in the background.
  3. Exercise the battery. Let the battery discharge at least every week, don't leave the laptop plugged in for long periods of time.
  4. Clean out your air vents.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 15:36

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All at one shot, use everything on the lowest settings and basic visual settings. To have the battery work for longer? Just don't use it so much.

answered Aug 13 '11 at 20:24

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