Tips: Things that will require you to charge your battery more often

  • Keeping your LCD screen on when not in use
  • If you have a CD or DVD in the drive (even if you are not using it)
  • If you have any wireless enabled (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.)
  • If you have any peripherals that don’t have their own AC power cord (thumb drives, external hard drives, external zip drives, printers, etc.)

How To: Recommended Windows 7 laptop power settings

  1. Click on your Start button
  2. Go to “Control Panel”
  3. Click on “Hardware and Sound”


  1. Click on “Power Options”
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  2. For best battery life span set to “Power Saver”
  3. You can also set your screen brightness on this page (the lower the screen brightness the longer your battery life).



How To: Recommended Mac OS X laptop power settings

  1. Click on the Apple in the top left corner of your screen
  2. Choose System Preferences
  3. Click on the icon for Energy Saver

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  1. Ensure that you are on the “Battery” tab
  2. Set the Put the display to sleep when the computer is inactive for slider to 15 min
  3. Put a check in the Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible box

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If you try these settings and your battery still does not hold an hours worth of charge, refer to our battery replacement guidelines.