Like all other computer components, even the performance of notebook batteries decreases over time. This means that after months of heavy use, the battery life of a laptop running on battery power is almost never the same as when you first got it … but do not despair! All is not lost! (If you don’t have a laptop, you can see this article to choose a great gaming laptop)
By carrying out an ad hoc procedure, which is a little long but still far from being complicated, you can in fact regenerate your laptop battery to make it more bearable. There’s no need to put your hand in your wallet and you don’t have to be an expert in computer science to do it, that’s for sure.
Of course, even if you can’t put your battery back on track you’ll have to replace the current one with a new one or, alternatively, take your computer in for service, which I definitely recommend if your laptop comes with non-removable battery and you have no desire to play with various screws and risk possible damage. Anyway, don’t worry, I’ll try to help as much as possible. Happy reading and enjoy!
How to regenerate the battery
As I said, to regenerate your laptop battery in the vast majority of cases, it helps to implement an ad hoc procedure, which I’m about to explain. You can follow the steps listed below with any laptop, including MacBook.
First turn on the computer and leave it without power so that you completely drain the battery. Ignore any warning that the charge is about to run out and let your laptop go first to stand-by mode and then shut off completely.
Once you’ve done this easy step you can start carrying out the procedure to regenerate the battery. To begin with, plug the power supply back in and wait for the battery to charge fully to 100%. Then leave the laptop again for a few hours and repeat all the previous steps for another three or four times in a row.
Once this is done, use your laptop as normal. You should definitely notice increased battery life or at least no abnormal battery charge consumption.
Warning: If the method that I just mentioned is not effective, don’t try to regenerate your laptop battery with other more unlikely solutions. Online, for example, you can often read that putting your laptop battery in the freezer, or opening it and fixing it with DIY instruments, can be helpful but, in reality, you’ll really just be taking a great risk of hurting yourself or doing irreparable damage not just to the battery but also your whole computer. So, be careful!
Battery saving tips
You see? In the end, regenerating your laptop battery was nothing complicated. Considering the success of this I want to give you a few small suggestions regarding the use of your PC to optimise battery life as much as possible and, in a general way, the life of the whole system.
Avoid too much demanding multitasking
The first but fundamental trip that I want to give you to avoid using up the whole battery too quickly, is to avoid doing any particularly demanding multitasking. In other words, if while surfing the net you also watch a movie, download files with uTorrent, upload documents to Dropbox, perform an antivirus scan and, why not, use some other program, it’s quite normal to use up the entire battery charge in a flash.
Therefore try to only carry simultaneous operations that you think are strictly necessary without overdoing it. This way you’ll see that your battery charge will last longer and you won’t find yourself suddenly and inexorably out of power. Do you understand?
Limit graphical effects
Reducing the graphical effects that characterise interface of your operating system can be a great way to avoid unexpected battery consumption. It’s is a small sacrifice but it can make a significant difference.
If you use a Windows PC, you can do this by opening the File Explorer (the yellow folder icon located at the bottom left of the taskbar), right-clicking on the Computer/ This PC icon in the left sidebar of the window and selecting the Properties item from the menu that appears.
Then select Advanced system settings from the left sidebar in the next window and click on the Settings button in the Performance section. Then check the Adjust for best performance option and click on Apply .
If you’re using a Mac, click on the System Preferences icon (the gear wheel) attached to the Dock , click on the Accessibility icon and select Monitor from the sidebar on the left. Finally, check the Reduce Motion and Reduce Transparency options.
Reduce the number of programs set to start automatically
Something else that I strongly suggest you do to save your computer’s battery from being consumed too quickly is to reduce the number of programs which are set to start automatically, i.e. those that automatically run when the computer is turned on .
On Windows 10 / 8.x you can do this by right-clicking on the taskbar , selecting the Task Manager item from the menu, clicking on More details in the window that opens, selecting the Startup tab and then turning off any superfluous programs by clicking on their names and clicking the Disable button at the bottom right.
On Windows 7 and previous versions you have to instead use the Win + R key combination on the keyboard to call up the Run … panel, then type the command msconfig and hit Enter on the keyboard . In the window that appears, select the Start tab, remove the check mark from the names of the components you want to disable and click on the Apply and OK buttons to save the changes.
If you’re using a Mac, go to System Preferences , click on the Users and Groups icon and select your username from the left sidebar. Then go to the Login Items tab, select the items you want to remove from the automatic start and click on the [-] button at the bottom left.
Replace the battery
So you’ve tried all the tips I suggested but they’ve not had the desired effect and now you’re considering buying a new battery for your laptop. Well, that seems the best choice to me considering that, having tried everything else, the problems you’re having can’t be solved with a simple regeneration.
Buying a new battery
Returning to the crux of the matter, you can buy a new battery for your laptop in electronic stores and chains as well as on various on-line stores, such as on Amazon . In any case, the prices are generally between 10 and 150 dollars depending on the make and model of your laptop as well as the make and model of the battery you want to purchase.
Before shopping, however, I recommend you make sure you buy the right battery for your laptop. How do you do this? It’s much simpler than you think. Take a note of your laptop’s make and model name and check the battery power (expressed in mAh ) by reading the label on your existing battery or by reading the literature which came with your laptop. Then make sure that the new battery you intend to buy matches these specifications and that it explicitly states that it can be used with your make and model of laptop. Also check that it has the same capacity as your old one.
Contacting service centres or specialist shops
If your laptop has an internal battery and if, as I imagine, you’re not exactly an expert in the field, I suggest you turn to your manufacturer’s assistance service or at least to a specialist store to replace your battery.
As far as the assistance service is concerned, the relevant web pages on the websites of some of the leading laptop manufacturers are below. Maybe they’ll help you understand who to get in contact with, or at least how to start a replacement / repair request.
If instead you prefer to contact a specialist store, you can easily find ones in your area by doing a simple Google search.
In Google, simply search for laptop battery repair [your city] or type portable battery change shops [your city] and then presses the Enter key on your keyboard, have a look through the various search results and choose the best one for you. Then find the address of the service centre you’ve chosen and go to their site or get in touch with them to get more information about timing, costs and the work involved.