With more desktops being replaced by their portable counterparts, you might wonder if you should make your laptop your primary device too.

Do laptops give a good battery life to help you power through the day? How can you increase the longevity of these machines? Let us find out.


Here is what you need to ask yourself – do you need more bang for your buck in terms of price for performance or do you need the portability?

Desktops are traditionally known for the former – their reliability.

Laptops have traditionally been more portable. Desktops typically have a lifespan of about twice that of laptops and win the reliability test.

Yet, things have changed in the last few years. Laptops are today as reliable and powerful as your desktop could be, and many come with a 3 year extended warranty plan that has got you covered.

Why Do You Need to Take Care of Your Laptop’s Battery?

Here is the thing – each component of your laptop, including the processor and the hard disk, give out heat when in operation.

In a small size as a laptop, this heat becomes a serious concern. With rising temperatures, the fan has to speed up as or else the electronic components can stop functioning.

Additionally, constantly running your laptop with excessive heat can cause expansion of metal components leading to sudden shutdowns. It could also cause the tiny metal contacts in circuits to break.

How Do You Make Your Laptop Last Longer? Step By Step Instructions

Here are some of the things that you can do to make your laptop last longer.

Take Care of Your Laptop

1. Take Care of Your Laptop

Do not use place your laptops over wool and cloth or any form of insulation. Make sure nothing covers the cooling vents of your laptop.

What can you do?

Avoid using your laptops for long stretches of time. If you must use it, consider investing in a cheap cooling pad. They are pads which connect to the USB ports of your laptop to provide additional cooling.


2. Clean Your Laptop to Get rid of Dust and Dirt

cleaning your Mac laptop

You need to be mindful of the damage caused by dust seeping into the laptop. Dust can block cooling vents and heat up your laptop. It can also cause the contacts under the keyboard to fail and may result in intermittent keyboard functioning.

If the fan gets blocked, it can prevent efficient cooling.

What can you do?

Make sure you clean your laptop regularly. Dust them from time to time, particularly the vents. If you can, try investing in a cheap vacuum cleaner designed for laptops.


3. Work On Your Handling of the Laptop

Choose the right laptop

Make sure you handle your laptop with care. Shocks and knocks can cause problems internally as much as it can externally. Keeping it away from liquids and food can go a long way in the lifetime of the laptop. Make sure it is away from any form of moisture and do not drop it.

What can you do?

The standard bag your laptop comes in may get the job done but to be absolutely sure, it wouldn’t hurt to go the extra mile in buying a special bag for your laptop with padding so it becomes shock resistant in case you drop it.


3. Look for Efficient Battery Care:

Longer Laptop Battery Life

Laptop batteries will be the first things that need replacing in the long run as they continue to charge and discharge. If you will beĀ travelingĀ or not using the laptop for long, it is a good idea to charge the batteries to about 60%. Then, remove it to store it in a cool place. Never leave a battery completely discharged for a long time as this may render them inoperable.

What can you do?

Try to save up charge by not stressing your laptop. This will ensure you don’t use much charge and discharge cycles up and will significantly increase the life of the battery.

Turn off the wireless devices of your laptop like Bluetooth and WiFi if you are not using them. Remove unnecessary USB connections that draw power from your laptop when it’s running on battery.

Also, try installing power optimization programs. Applications like Battery Optimizer by ReviverSoft can go a long way in giving you that extra mile of a charge.


4. Go for Scheduled Periodic Maintenance:

Periodic Maintenance

Much like a car, your laptop consists of many individual components that keep everything going the way its supposed to. So it is only right that you maintain it the way it is supposed to. Make it a point to run inbuilt programs like disk defragmenter and disk cleanup.

What can you do?

Check for disk errors at least once a month.
Invest and install a good antivirus solution and have the application check for updates and scan periodically for viruses.

5. Upgrade RAM:

Upgrade RAM Laptop

You need to look at optimizing the laptop’s performance to get the best results from your battery.

Upgrading the RAM, for instance, will go a long way in increasing the life of your laptop. Not only will it increase the performance but also will help you conserve power.

When your laptop runs out of RAM, it will run off the hard disk by using swap files which are more powerful and time-consuming.

What can you do?

Upgrading RAM ensures your laptop will have a long way to go before it has to use the swap file. However, this isn’t a viable solution for all laptops as some have their RAMs soldered onto the board and will have no way to upgrade it. Check with a nearby service outlet to see if your RAM can be upgraded.

Get the optimum battery performance for your laptop. Following these simple steps can go a long way in increasing the lifespan and the longevity of your laptop. Sure laptops need a little bit of care but that’s a small price to pay when you get the portability they offer.