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How to Make a Laptop's Battery Last Longer - 10 steps

These are some tips to make your laptop's battery last longer:


  • Dim your screen
  • Turn off programs running in the back ground that you aren’t using
  • Run off a hard drive or jump drive rather than a CD or DVD
  • Turn your computer off or to hibernate mode
  • Optimize your power settings
  • Don’t use sound
  • Don’t have multiple programs running
  • Keep your temperatures down
  • Defrag your hard drive
  • Get a new battery or new computer

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what is the life of my satellite l30-101 battery off the ac charger


Toshiba's line of Satellite PC laptops offers a variety of screen s that are customizable when ordered online. The laptops offer built-in webcams and backlit keyboards. Most Toshiba Satellite laptops use six-cell lithium-ion batteries that can last up to six hours. To reach that six-hour mark, you can use several tricks to maximize your battery's capacity.

Charge your battery completely before its first use. Check your user manual for the exact charging time required, which is typically at least 12 hours. Discharge your battery completely every two months. Allow it to drain fully before recharging it. Recharge it completely, for at least 12 hours before using it again. Remove CDs and DVDs from your laptop's drive when not in use. These drives spin when loaded, which can drain your battery unnecessarily. Set your laptop to hibernate mode when you need to take a break. This conserves more power than standby. Store your laptop battery in a cool place. Never let the battery sit in direct sunlight or leave it in your car on a hot day. For even longer battery life, remove the battery from the laptop which can get hot while in use when you are plugged in. Turn off your Wi-Fi connection when not in use. Constantly searching for a Wi-Fi connection can drain your battery faster. Work in only one program at a time. The more programs you have open, the faster your battery will drain. Unplug any USB devices, especially those that charge when plugged in, such as your cellphone. These will drain your battery quickly. Dim your Satellite's screen to conserve battery. Hold down your "Fn" key and tap "F6" several times to dim the screen. The "F6" key should show an open circle with small lines radiating out, to symbolize a dim display.

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Feb 12, 2013 | Toshiba Satellite Computers & Internet

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how many years can I get out of my laptop


That will depend on how much you use it and treat it ?


Toshiba's line of Satellite PC laptops offers a variety of screen s that are customizable when ordered online. The laptops offer built-in webcams and backlit keyboards. Most Toshiba Satellite laptops use six-cell lithium-ion batteries that can last up to six hours. To reach that six-hour mark, you can use several tricks to maximize your battery's capacity.

Charge your battery completely before its first use.
Check your user manual for the exact charging time required, which is typically at least 12 hours. Discharge your battery completely every two months. Allow it to drain fully before recharging it. Recharge it completely, for at least 12 hours before using it again. Remove CDs and DVDs from your laptop's drive when not in use. These drives spin when loaded, which can drain your battery unnecessarily. Set your laptop to hibernate mode when you need to take a break. This conserves more power than standby. Store your laptop battery in a cool place. Never let the battery sit in direct sunlight or leave it in your car on a hot day. For even longer battery life, remove the battery from the laptop which can get hot while in use when you are plugged in. Turn off your Wi-Fi connection when not in use. Constantly searching for a Wi-Fi connection can drain your battery faster. Work in only one program at a time. The more programs you have open, the faster your battery will drain. Unplug any USB devices, especially those that charge when plugged in, such as your cellphone. These will drain your battery quickly. Dim your Satellite's screen to conserve battery. Hold down your "Fn" key and tap "F6" several times to dim the screen. The "F6" key should show an open circle with small lines radiating out, to symbolize a dim display.
Hope this helps.


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display brightness can't dim


windows update can fix that. run windows update.

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acer 4520 light going dim


Normally the way it works is if you plug in your AC Adapter to a laptop the computer screen will Brighten up since its no longer running off of battery and is actually charging . The reason why it should go dim is when you unplug the Ac adapter it goes dim to save battery life and last longer. If you are getting a really dim you can check and make sure that the Ac adapter jack on the adapter or motherboard isnt loose and it could be having contact to the unit and be loose inside and every small movement causes it not to charge / charge in and out and would cause this Dim effect. Again this depends on how old the computer is and I dont really think its the LCD or backlight going bad but you can try to mess with the screen brightness and If im not mistaken on that model it should be the FN key and the Right > and Left < Key for lower and higher brightness. Give that a try and check the adapter connection and you can pin point the issue . Hopefully it doesnt come worst to worst which could be a bad LCD going bad or damaged lcd internal cable. Hope my answer helped guide you closer to a solution.

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