7 Ways to Calibrate Your Laptop Battery
How to calibrate your laptop battery
If you have been using your laptop for a while now, it is likely that you have seen some changes that have left you worried or annoyed especially when you ought to be working. It all starts with a decline in your battery lifetime or even windows lost accurate touch with the battery. At one point your laptop indicates that the battery is at 40% and without a warning, it goes off without a warning. At other times, the battery meter shows some suspicious readings about the remaining charge.
Normally, this does not necessarily indicate that your windows is going nuts or overrating things. The problem has a close connection with the battery itself and with time, the overall amount of time your laptop goes without plugging direct to the power source will decline. The unfortunate thing is that your OS might not keep up with the problem and it will presume that the battery is as lively and fresh as it was when your machine was brand new.
There is no need to worry though, even when you see this happening. While it might be your desire to have your laptop behaving well and especially when you are away from direct power source, such signs are not without a remedy. There is something you can do to harmonise the communication between your battery and Windows and calibrating is always a good thing to consider. We will teach you on how to calibrate your laptop battery in order to avoid these unnecessary disappointments. This step by step “how to’ guide will help eliminate the problem and give you the much needed peace of mind.
How to enhance proper communication between windows and the battery
Step 1: – Easier route
Most laptops come with essential battery calibration tool as part of their pre-installed software. The likelihood is that you’ve not yet spotted this provision as many people do not take a keen look at the pre-installed applications that comes with their gadgets. However, a closer look will help you know whether your laptop has this software and this will help you determine the levels of battery charge at all times as opposed to when you rely on the windows settings. Using the right app will help you get the right results. As the first step, check whether your laptop has this allowance.
Step 2: – Charge your laptop fully
The second step, you can calibrate manually in a few easy steps. To do this, first of all charge your laptop completely (100%) by plugging it to the power source. Once it reaches a 100%, do not unplug it but instead leave it for a few hours to enable your battery to cool down after charging. This will help prevent any alteration of the results which could be cause by the charging.
Step 3: – Switch on the battery settings
Right click on the battery icon or at the Window’s start icon, type the words “power settings” in the search space on the start menu before hitting “Enter”. Choose the “click a power plan” and from there choose “balanced”. From the available options, click, “change plan settings”. Note down all the current settings under “plan settings” and then choose “Never” before clicking the “Change advanced power settings”.
Step 4: – Set the hibernating point
When working on the settings, the aim is to ensure that your battery will work longer than is the case currently. While still in the “Change advanced power settings”, scroll down and click on “Battery” and once it expands, choose “Critical battery action” and choose “hibernate” option. Click on the “Low battery action” still under the expanded list and ensure it is set to “Nothing” option. Check the “Critical battery level” and click to expand. At this point, choose 5% as this will supply your laptop with sufficient power to go into a hibernation state
Step 5: – Allow the battery to drain
Once you are through with step No 4, click “OK” your power options window and then save the changes on the previous “Plan Settings Window”. By then you will be set to discharge the battery. To do this, just unplug from the power source and carry on with your work or leave the laptop on until it discharges all the power. If the Window settings are right, the laptop screen will not turn-off and it won’t enter into sleep mode either. The laptop will consume the available power and hibernate at the lowest charge level.
Step 6: – Give it time and then charge again
Once it hibernates, do not be in a hurry to charge afresh. Instead, give the battery some time to settle, preferably 4-5 hours. You can leave it and go about your other activities to give it time). After the waiting period, plug it to the power source and charge it until it is completely full. You still can use your laptop while it is charging since the most important part has been completed and that is, helping Windows to coordinate with the battery and detect how long it works from the time it is fully charged to the time it is completely empty.
Step 7: – Revert to the earlier settings
Once the battery is fully charged, you can revert back to the earlier settings. That was the point of noting the current settings in step 3 prior to the battery calibration process. Once done, feel free to set the laptop to enter into “sleep mode” after a few minutes thus conserving power when it is not in use.
You can also calibrate the battery while your laptop is not in use. To do this, just ensure that the laptop settings are to turn off, hibernate or sleep when idle. When the battery is set on ‘power mode”, discharging won’t happen as it should. To calibrate the battery while the laptop is in use, just click on the “Choose When to turn off display”. Clicking on this option will take you to “Change settings for the plan” page and set the settings to “Balance” and then set everything else under this to “Never”.
The process is complete
The process has really taken many hours or even a whole day depending on the level of power sustenance or state the laptop battery. Once this process is over, you should be able to get the right coordination between windows and your laptop battery thus making it easier for you to know the actual estimates of the charge capacity. With time and as the battery grows older, chances are that you could end up with the same problem thus requiring a repeat of the process.
Additional tips to prolong your laptop battery life and efficiency
Although batteries are designed to degrade with time and use, it is good to know that your battery can serve your longer and more efficiently if you take proper care of it. In fact, it is possible for your battery to outlast your laptop, but this is if you are lucky and able to use it well. With proper care, your battery can work for longer hours without requiring you to plug to AC power. Here are a few tips to help you achieve this: –
1. Don’t use your laptop until it’s completely empty.
Mostly, this is a common mistake that many people make and you should try to avoid it. Today’s laptops are designed to use Lithium ion batteries which weakens and strains when squeezed of all the power therein. Although you might not notice the effects of such an action immediately, eventually you will feel the impact as this shortens the battery’s lifespan. You can prevent this problem in Windows 7 and Vista by using the available settings. Just click start and type the word, “Power” and then select “power options”. From there, just clock on any of the available “change plan settings” and then select the “Change/edit advanced power settings”. From the available options given in the dialogue, choose the “Battery option” and then choose “Critical Battery Level”. Ensure it is at 5% and if this is not the case, change it to that very level.
2. Keep the laptop and battery cool
Exposed to too much heat, your battery will deteriorate and its lifespan reduced drastically. Always make sure that your laptop’s vents aren’t blocked while in use. You should avoid using your laptop while it is placed on a cushion or a pillow as these normally trap heat inside thus resulting in negative effects. As much as it is possible, your laptop should be placed on a stand that facilitates for efficient airflow. You should also consider cleaning the vents after a few months using compressed air. Always follow the given directions to do this.
Following these tips will help prolong your battery life and help ensure that it holds charge for longer hours while in use. Calibrating your battery is always an advisable step if it is misbehaving as it helps you enjoy much peace of mind.