One of the few luxuries of Nigerian life is when PHCN does their thing but your laptop remains on for an hour or two after the power cuts because, good battery. Once your battery becomes a deadbeat and turns your laptop into a television (without UPS), the boredom that romances you from the moment PHCN strikes is not of this world.
So in order to keep enjoying one of the luxuries of Nigerian life, taking the following tips to heart would go a long way to preserving your laptop battery’s life for long (and will save you necessary Naira that you could spend on other luxuries of the Nigerian life instead).
1. After purchasing your new laptop, charge it till it’s full before switching it on for the first time. Don’t be too anxious to use your new baby and switch it on before it’s fully charged.
2. Don’t plug your laptop to the charger when it’s not in use. Once you’ve shut down, unplug the charger from the laptop as well unless you plan to keep an eye on your laptop and unplug the charger the moment the battery is fully charged.
3. Don’t leave the charger plugged in when the battery is full, even while in use. This will weaken your battery faster the same way it would if you left the charger plugged in when your laptop is shut down and the battery is fully charged (see number 2).
4. Open your laptop’s power options and set up the function of your power button to shut down the laptop when you tap on it. This way, you can shut down easily at times when you’re using your laptop and begin to feel sleepy or are in a hurry to leave. Hit the shutdown button and make sure you unplug the charger from the laptop. Falling asleep and leaving your laptop on, fully charged and still plugged in is one of the greatest killers of batteries.
5. As a result of number 4, set your browser to reopen the last tabs you had open before you shut down. This way, you won’t have to navigate your way back to the tabs you were viewing before shutting down – they open right to the pages you were viewing.
6. Your laptop display’s brightness honestly does not have to be set at a 100% unless you’re outdoors – and we rarely use our laptops outdoors now, do we? Set the brightness to somewhere between 60 and 80% when plugged in and maybe between 50 to 60% when unplugged, though there’s no harm in leaving it at 60 to 80% all the time. Just don’t leave it at a 100%.
7. Make sure part (or all) of the lower region of your laptop is elevated to prevent overheating and allow for proper aeration.