How To Make Your Laptop Battery Last Longer by Configuring Power Options in Windows 10

One thing many laptop owners wish for is that the battery that came with their brand new laptop is as good as the laptop and will last as long as the computer it is powering. But we all know the story about batteries and the reality is a battery can take so many charges and then no more. When you buy your brand new laptop, it is equipped with a brand new battery with fresh unused cells that are ready to charge and hold that charge for a long time. But as time passes by, you realize that you need to charge your laptop more often than usual. This is because your laptop battery cells are now becoming worn and are not capable of holding charge as long as they used to. Eventually a time may come when you simply will have to acquire a new battery for your laptop. But if you plan on getting your value for money and want your Laptop battery to serve you well and serve for a very long time, there are a couple of tweaks you can do using the power options in Windows 10 to extend battery life and usage time.

In the basic tutorial below, I will teach you how to edit the settings in Windows 10 Power options which will intern extend your battery life and get longer use of your laptop battery. 

1. Open Power Options

Click the Windows Search icon (Magnifying Glass) and type "power options."
Click Power Options to open the Power Options Window.
Increase Laptop battery Life
Increase Laptop battery Life
Increase Laptop Battery Life
Increase Laptop Battery Life

When the Power Options window opens you will not see the ABC markers as shown in the image above. Those were simply placed there as key points for you during this brief tutorial. The markers in the image above shows the three areas which you can use to configure how your windows 10 laptop uses battery power.
A - This section allows you to create different power plan to suit you laptop operation needs. This area allows you to select different settings which tells your laptop what should be done when you press the power button or close down the laptop display screen. Section A also allows you to configure when the computer sleeps.
B - Allows you to select several built in power plans with different configuration settings. The three pre-configured power options are as follows:
  • Balanced - Good battery life
  • Power Saver - Uses the least amount of battery power
  • High Performance - Uses the most battery power, battery drains faster.
C - Allows you to adjust the brightness of you laptop monitor.

Changing Your Power Plan Settings For Longer Battery Life

Your power options allows you to configure certain settings in each power option which can allow you to have a longer battery use or a shorter battery use. All this depends on how you edit you power plan settings. In the image below, i will explain how editing these options will allow you to have a longer laptop battery life.
Edit Laptop Plan Settings
Edit Battery Life Settings

Editing Power Plan Settings

If you notice the image keenly, you will notice that you have the option to select different settings when your laptop is working using batter power only and settings for when your laptop is plugged in using a power cable. All the settings you see are active when your laptop is left idle and not while in use. So editing these settings will not interfere with your work while using your laptop. (except for brightness adjustment)
On Battery
  • Turn Off Display - You can choose when the display is turned off while your laptop is not in use. This is an extremely good feature as your laptop display uses most of your battery power to keep it lit. The quicker the display turns off while the system is idle, the more battery life is saved.
  • Put the Computer to Sleep - Different components within your Laptop uses certain amount of current to keep going. When you put your computer to sleep, you actually put your hard drive at rest while applications are still stored in Random Access Memory (RAM). By not having consistent power to your hard disk, you will be able to save on battery life. So while the laptop is not in use and the quicker the machine is set to sleep, the more battery power you will have.
  • Adjust Plan Brightness - You can select how bright your display should be on battery or how dull. What you should know is that the brighter your windows 10 laptop screen is, the more power it will need. So by toning down your screen brightness, you can save battery power.
Plugged In
You have the same settings as those in "On Battery" which can be made when you configure power options for your laptop using the plugged in settings. Plugged in simply means that you have consistent power from the power outlet using your laptop battery charger. While your laptop is plugged in, it is consistently being charged and as such you can use a higher power consumption setting. So let's say you select to turn off your display in 5 minutes while running on battery. You could select to turn off display after 15 minutes when plugged in directly.

Using Advance Power Options to Increase Laptop Battery Life

While you are in the edit plan settings window, click Change Advance Power Settings Link to open up the Advance Power Settings window.
Windows 10 Advance Power Settings
Windows 10 Advance Power Settings

If you are not a technology expert or not comfortable using Windows advance features. You should not venture into the advance power option settings. These are really for expert users. In the advance power options window, you can select how various component of your laptop react to your power plan. You can affect your hard disk, wireless connection, Processor power management and many more. This can affect the performance of your laptop negatively if you get carried away editing these settings.
If you are the basic Laptop user, simply adjusting how your laptop behaves while running on battery in basic power options is enough for you to have a longer battery life.

When To Change Your Laptop Battery
Sometimes your laptop battery will just go bad and you will definitely need to replace the battery. You cannot fix a bad battery using any windows power options or windows tweaks. Here are some basic symptoms of bad battery:

  • You get a message on the far right in the bottom corner of your screen which says plugged in but not charging.
  • Your Laptop cannot work without the power cable directly plugged in.
  • Your laptop battery drains excessively fast while in use
  • Laptop Abruptly shuts down even if the battery indicates strong power percentage.
  • Windows stops recognizing your laptop battery and you see a flashing battery icon.
You should however always have a Computer expert diagnose your system as some of these symptoms can also be operating system related.