A recent trend in mobile computing is to make devices as slim as possible. We have seen Intel create the Ultrabooks brand for that purpose, and even though it is being used rather loosely, laptops tend to be slimmer on average than years before. One could now think that this would impact the laptop's battery life, but thanks to improvements in recent years, the opposite is the case. While you won't find a laptop that runs on battery for a day or more, you find some that come close to the eight to ten hours mark.
If you need to get more out of your laptop's battery, you may want to check out Battery Optimizer, a program designed for exactly that purpose. You run a diagnostic of your laptop's battery on first start that will analyze the capabilities and optimization options. You can run an express scanning mode which may take around 10 minutes to complete, or the comprehensive scanning mode which may take longer than an hour total.
Make sure that your laptop's battery life is sufficient to run the test, as it is required to unplug it from power sources before you hit the begin diagnostic button. Battery Optimizer will then perform a series of tests and diagnostics, including turning WiFi on and off, and changing the brightness of the screen.
A chart is displayed after the diagnostic run which highlights how much battery life you will gain when you run the program's optimizations. If you have optimized your laptop already for mobile use, you may not gain as much as when you are running the program on a factory default laptop. The more unnecessary features are enabled, the more you will gain from the optimizations.
The application won't reveal the kind of optimizations that it will do on the other hand before you click on the optimize button which is definitely an issue.
The program on top of the battery optimizations can also monitor the battery life and display alerts when battery life drops or increases.
Battery Optimizer has been a shareware program until recently. The developers have however released it as freeware, which means that you can use it unrestricted right away.
The program may be handy for laptop users who want to improve their laptop's battery life without having to make improving changes manually on the system. The software basically is a run once and forget about it application, even though you can use it to switch between different profiles, original and optimized for instance, as well.
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