Conserving Your Laptop Battery Using Power Options

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You can use the Power Options feature to help your laptop  battery last longer. You can also avoid using certain devices or ration their use to save a modicum of power. For example, by setting a lower resolution  and fewer colors on the display, you cause the computer  to use fewer video resources, although those overall savings are minor.

HP Pavilion Dv9000 Battery 8 cells 4400mAh

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The real control happens by setting timeouts in the Control Panel’s Power Options window  or dialog box. In Windows Vista, use the Power Options dialog box to choose a plan: Balanced, Power Saver, or High Performance. Note that Power Saver gives you the longest battery life (Toshiba Satellite M55-S139 Battery). (You can fine-tune the options and settings by clicking the colored text labeled Change Plan Settings.)


In Windows XP, use the Power Schemes tab in the Power Options dialog box, as shown here. That’s where you can disable or time-out certain laptop features and help extend laptop batteries life in a dramatic way.


Use the Power Schemes tab in Windows XP to conserve power.

Note the two major items in the figure: Turn Off Monitor and Turn Off Hard Disks. You can direct Windows to turn off those power-sucking hardware leeches after a given period of inactivity, greatly saving battery life.

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