No matter what industry you work in, chances are you use your laptop or desktop a lot. The 21st century has become the era of all things digital, and you'd be hard pressed to find a professional that doesn't often leverage the power of the internet to get things done.
With all the computer use that's become a norm these days, it's not uncommon for computer to become extremely overworked, and malfunction-- forcing their users to dig into their cash pile to shell out more big bucks.
Fortunately, there is a solution to getting your computer to last longer and stay efficient and effective for years. By taking small steps to properly maintain your battery now, while it's still working at optimal capacity, you can prolong the life of your hardware and keep things speedy. It doesn't take a lot, but when it comes to your tech, a little maintenance and attention to detail can go a long way!
Dim the screen when you can:
Believe it or not, the screen you're staring at is actually one of the most power-hungry components of your entire device. It takes a lot of energy to keep your screen bright, and while it's nice to have a brightly backlit background while you work, it's not always necessary-- particularly when there's already bright ambient light in the workplace. Try dimming the screen when you can, and taking advantage of the light in the surrounding environment. If there is none, you can always turn on some artificial light, like a lamp or something overhead. Your computer will thank you with more efficiency down the road... and you may even help your eyes in the process!
Stop searching for Wi-Fi:
Of course, Wi-Fi is necessary when you need to access the internet, but if you're reading, studying, or watching a downloaded movie on your computer, your computer doesn't need to constantly search for Wi-Fi. When it's searching, it's actually draining a significant amount of your battery-- and for no reason, most of the time. If you're out of a network's reach-- say, at the beach, it's best to turn Wi-Fi off completely, and turn it back on when you need it. You can usually find Wi-Fi settings in the control panel of your device.
Unplug extraneous devices:
If you're a computer power user, chances are you have more than a fair share of USB's and similar devices whirring in your hardware right now. While it may be convenient to keep your favorite devices and extensions plugged up and ready to go at a moment's notice, it's not actually all that convenient for your computer. Your computer (and your battery specifically) have to work extra hard to keep those components powered up for you, and that could end up wearing them down prematurely. Try unplugging your extra devices until you absolutely have to use them!