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Check Out This Battery Life!

Does your laptop quickly run out of juice, destroying your productivity? Mine used to.

Now I have a Dell Inspiron E1405, with a 9-cell battery. I had it fully charged this morning. I’ve been working about 6.5 hours with no plug, and I have 35% (2.25 hours) remaining. That’s 8.75 hours.

What’s the trick? Well, first of all, it’s a 9-cell battery. That means it has more room to store juice. Second, I have my wifi and bluetooth cards turned off. Third, I exited all extraneous programs (Skype, Google Talk, etc). Finally, my screen’s brightness is down to one of the lowest settings.

But my point is that Dell’s advertising was correct – I’m getting 8+ hours out of this battery. You definitely wouldn’t get the same mileage while watching a DVD, but you can get some serious work done without a plug. That’s what I wanted, and I got it.

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2 Responses to “Check Out This Battery Life!”

  1. Alex
    April 26th, 2009

    Hey! That’s really cool. I’m amazed by that. Never thought that I can save so much energy by just doing a few simple things. Does that mean you are not using a mouse while you are working on your laptop?

  2. Andrew Flusche
    April 26th, 2009

    @Alex – I generally don’t use a mouse when I’m using my laptop on batter power. I use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard at my desk, but I leave them there.

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