Five Easy Steps to Maximize the Longevity of the Battery of Your Linux Notebook
Every user on any platform always wants to as much power juice from their devices whenever possible and Linux users aren’t any different. While the new Windows oriented computers promised to provide users of up to 10 hours of moderate usage, the same cannot be said about Linux-based PCs — that is, not fine-tuned to be power efficient.
However, there are habits in which, if followed regularly, can help users get the most out of the batteries on their Linux computers.
Here are five easy steps that you can follow if you are on any Linux-oriented machine to save as much energy as possible.
#1. urn off your Bluetooth/ WiFi
As a handset user, it is no secret that leaving your Bluetooth on all the time does have huge implications on the longevity of the battery of your device. It is always a common practice to have the feature turned off if you are not using it.
The same can be said for laptops that have Bluetooth capability. Though new machines are designed with Bluetooth 4.0 LE, older ones don’t have the latest version of Bluetooth. Toggling between on/off your Bluetooth feature on Ubuntu is simple, just look for the Bluetooth icon on the system tray area… If you are on the newer versions of Ubuntu, you will need to use a slider to turned if off but older versions will require you to click on the “Turn Off Bluetooth” option. If you are going to use your computer but not going to b online, turn off your WiFi to save energy. Turning off this option on Ubuntu requires you to simply click on the network indicator then select “Disable Network” , on the drop down menu, click on “ Enable Network Entry”.
#2. Reduce Screen Brightness
An obvious choice for any laptop user of any platform. It is a known fact that the brighter your screen, the less time you get from your battery and reducing your screen brightness does have positive impacts on the cell capacity of your device.
Some machines have keys on the keyboard dedicated to adjusting the brightness of your display but there is an alternative method if you are on Ubuntu.
Head over to the “Brightness and Lock” section of your system settings then simply adjust the slider to reduce screen brightness.
#3. Completely Quit Apps
For most users, there are at least three different apps opened at once and many more previously opened some of which are closed. Some of these apps stay in the background consuming CPU and RAM power no matter how small. The more resources they use, the harder your computer has to work and the more power it drains.
Completely closing down these apps not only shaves the load off your computer but also helps in giving you more time on your battery. On Ubuntu, apps with a small light beside them are still active, completely quit them by right-clicking on the ones you don’t need any more then click on “Quit/Close”.
#4. Use The Built-in Power Settings On Ubuntu
Using your laptop with every setting set at the highest isn’t a good habit and might reduce the lifespan of your battery faster than you know. Ubuntu has its own inbuilt power save settings which you can use to optimize your machine for better power consumption.
To use, go to the system settings and select the “Power” icon, from there you adjust several settings to save battery.
#5. Install TLP
TLP is a well-known program for Linux that runs in the background and offers a wealth of configurations that help boost the longevity of your battery by giving users the ability to adjust various hardware behaviors and other hardware management processes of their systems.
Option offered are:
Kernel laptop mode and dirty buffer timeouts
Processor frequency scaling including “turbo boost” / “turbo core”
Power-aware process scheduler for multi-core/hyper-threading
Hard disk power management level and spin down timeout
Runtime power management for PCI(e) bus devices
Wifi power saving mode
Powering off disc drive
Audio power saving mode
Note: Though the program does come with a default setting which improves battery life to an extent manually adjusting the settings should only be attempting by users familiar with system configuration options.
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