Technology's main purpose is to make life less stressful. It helps keep us on our toes with reminders, timers, and social media apps. The laptop is the most positive prospect throughout all technology developed in the last millennia. It's necessary for everyone, whether working from home, studying, or just browsing the internet. But doing any activity for a long time could reduce the laptop's battery life. On average, a portable computer could last two to five years, but it's possible to keep the modem going. Extend your laptop's lifespan with these easy tips.
Keep Your Laptop Clean
Cleaning your laptop’s inside and outside increases its lifespan and efficiency. Wipe the outer surface with a microfiber cloth, and use an air compressor to clean the keyboard and hardware components to prevent clogging vents or damaging the fans. When taking care of your software, consider removing unnecessary files monthly and run a security and virus scan weekly.
Don't Overheat Your Laptop
Did you know if your laptop overheats, that could damage the internal hardware? Overheating typically happens when running heavy applications or having too many apps open. The best prevention tip is to close out inactive apps. It's easy to fall into the habit of being lazy and leaving it all open, but it's best to close them out when not in use. The secondary tip is to invest in a cooling pad to improve ventilation.
Use an Original Charger
Another thing that damages your battery and hurts the lifespan of your laptop is using a charger or adapter besides the original. If you ever come across a time when you misplace it, avoid buying or using a substitute! Go out and buy or order a new one.
Don’t Overcharge the Battery
Another thing to consider is overcharging the battery. It always seems necessary to leave your laptop plugged in daily, but even when you shut it down, overcharging it could damage the battery life. It's better to let the battery get low. So try to limit the charging time of the battery to around 80 percent, as this prevents overcharging and overheating.
Upgrade the Hardware
If your laptop is running slow or struggling to run some applications, it might be time for a hardware upgrade. Consider upgrading your RAM, hard disk, or graphics card, as it’ll significantly improve the laptop's performance and extend its lifespan. However, this isn't a task you can do yourself. Book an appointment with a professional who can ensure the hardware you choose is compatible with the laptop.
While your laptop life may not be eternal, it certainly doesn't have to be short. Following our tips can give your laptop a performance boost and an extended lease on life. And when your trusty tech companion eventually needs to retire, don't fret. Wisetek Solutions has a range of high-quality, affordable, refurbished laptops. We’ve given them a bit of TLC so that they’re ready to take on the tasks at hand without a hitch. In using one, you're not only extending the lifespan of a laptop but also doing your part to reduce electronic waste.