The Battery life of laptops degrades over time. Its usage, how often you charge it, how long you charge it, everything affects its life. It’s common to see its life getting shorter every month. While Windows 10 does show you an approximate battery life of the laptop, both remaining, and time to charge, over time the software may get confused because of uneven charge cycles.
That’s why it is recommended to keep charging between the same percentage of battery left to ensure battery capacity, and life. In this post, we will talk about how you can manually calibrate Battery of Windows laptops to increase its life.
Note: Sometimes, OEMs offer software that can help you do that. Do check with the driver software or OEM software on your Windows 10 laptop for the same.
Calibrate Windows 10 laptop’s Battery
1] Open your laptop’s Power management settings in the Control Panel. Go to Settings > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings.
You can also click on the Battery icon > Battery Settings and then follow from there.
2] This will open Power Options Box where individual settings for the battery can be configured.
3] Now go to Battery section of the Power options box, and then under that:
- Click on Critical Battery Action and set it to Hibernate.
- Next, click on Critical Battery Level and set it to 5% or even lower.
4] Charge your laptop’s battery to 100% and keep it plugged in for the next two hours. The only reason you need to do this is to make sure the battery is at a regular temperature which is otherwise a bit heated during charging. While you can use it, I would suggest not to unless you don’t have a choice.
5] Unplug the charger from the laptop and let it discharge until it automatically hibernates. It will happen exactly when there is 5% battery left as we configured it above.
Tip: If you are not using your laptop while it’s unplugged, it will get into hibernate or sleep mode. Makes sure to disable sleep, screen off and hibernate setting to never.
6] Leave your laptop for as long as possible. When there would be no battery left, the computer will shutdown automatically.
7] Now plug the charger back and charge it up to 100% again.
8] Make sure to restore the default the power settings back to normal once everything is complete. Click on the batter again, get back to power settings, and this time click on Power and Sleep settings to configure everything back to normal.
This will calibrate your laptop’s battery.
I suggest you perform this every two months to make sure your battery performs better with time. Remember, you don’t need to recalibrate your battery multiple times, once is more than enough!
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