Battery life is always a concern when it comes to selecting a device for your needs. Windows 8, the latest OS from Microsoft is much optimized for performance and also reduced power consumption. Here are some tips to get longer battery life for Windows 8.
Check your Battery life periodically
Make it a habit to check the battery life status periodically. This will help you prevent situations where you will drain out all battery life unknowingly at inappropriate moment. It is easy to check. Bring up the charms bar just by flicking on the right side of the screen. There you will notice a battery icon next to the large time display. Just hover the pointer on top of the battery icon which will show more in-depth information.
Adjust screen brightness
One of the quickest ways to prevent draining battery power is to reduce the brightness of the screen. Optimum brightness of the screen is essential to prevent causing unwanted eye strain. However the same brightness is not always required especially when the screen is being watched from outdoors or on a well lit room. To reduce the brightness, bring up charms car, select Settings, select Screen. This will open a draggable bar which can be used to adjust the brightness using slider.
Adjust Windows Mobility Center
Windows Mobility Center is a wonderful tool. There are lots of options inside Mobility Center which if tweaked properly can save you lot of batter power. Click on the individual settings and tweak the settings accordingly.
Sound can also consume battery power. Pumping up sound also demands battery power. So you adjust the sound volume that suits you or mute it if not needed all the time. You can either access sound icon from Windows Mobility Center or open Charms bar, select Settings and then click on Speaker icon.
Change Power Settings (Basic and Advanced)
There are 3 default power settings – Balanced, Power saver and High Performance. Balanced profile strikes a careful balance between performance and battery life, High Performance profile gives you the best performance and Power saver profile tweaks the computer for a longer battery life. If you are using multiple programs and need battery life at the same time, go for balanced profile. High performance profile for hardcore computing tasks.
You can also tweak more of the power settings on an advanced level. Click on Start screen, type Power, Select Settings and then Choose a power plan. Select the power plan to edit, then click Change plan settings. Change the settings such as when to dim the screen, when to switch off monitor, hard disk etc.
You can also create your own custom plan. In the power options, click Create a power plan on the left side, the select the power plan which will be the base of your new plan, give it a name, then click Next. Now you can select when to turn off display and when to put computer to sleep and then click Create.
Turn off wireless
Wireless settings can also consume lot of battery life. Any wireless such as Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth, Infrared all drains your battery life. Whenever these connections are not needed, turn it off. To change it, Open Charms bar, click Settings, the Change PC settings. You can now turn off the device settings.
You don’t have to do all the steps mentioned here all at once. Reducing the brightness to minimum can lead to unnecessary eye strain. Experiment with these different settings and find the right one which suits you. Hope you find this information on get longer battery life.