It seems that every time we make a breakthrough in battery technology, we follow it up with power-hungry hardware that realistically means your battery never lasts more than about four hours (unless you have a low-powered netbook). And after a couple of years, you’d be lucky to get two hours of life out of your worn battery. In this guide, I’ll show you how you can use TuneUp Utilities to increase your battery life with just two clicks. I’ll also provide some extra resources to help you extend your battery’s life even further.
Download TuneUp Utilities
If you already have TuneUp Utilities installed on your laptop, skip to the next step. If not, download and install it from here.
TuneUp Utilities Turbo Mode
Turbo Mode, a feature of TuneUp Utilities, is primarily designed to give your computer an extra boost—one that you may need to get the latest game working on your machine. In a nutshell, it disables unnecessary services, programs, visual effects, etc., so your system’s resources can be used to power your game and graphic-editing software, among other things. Here’s what TuneUp’s software says about Turbo Mode’s purpose:
A byproduct of disabling all of this extra… fluff… is that you consume less resources which means you consume less power. However, Turbo Mode changes the energy settings to “High Performance”—so that the processor, graphics chips, and Wi-Fi adapters all run at full steam—which is something you really don’t need when reading a PDF, while flying across the Atlantic on one full charge of battery! This is why you should make sure this setting is disabled. On that note…
Use Turbo Mode to optimize for power… not high performance
The first time you run Turbo Mode, you’ll need to customize the settings for low power usage and not for the “High Performance” power plan use. To do this:
- Open TuneUp Utilities, and click the tool icon next to Turbo Mode:
- The “TuneUp Turbo Mode – Configuration Wizard” will launch. Click “Next”.
- On the “Postpone automatic maintenance tasks” screen, check all of the available options, and click “Next”.
- On the “Limit connection with external devices” screen, check all of the available options, and click “Next”.
- On the “Reduce visual effects” screen, check “Switch to classic window design”, and click “Next”.
- Here’s the key screen—on the “Configure computer resources for optimal performance” screen, uncheck “Ensure optimal performance regardless of power consumption”, and click “Next”.
- On the “Turn of unwanted functions” screen, check all of the available options, and click “Next”.
- On the “How long should Turbo Mode stay enabled?” screen, I recommend choosing “Until the computer is shut down” option (see below how to enable Turbo Mode with two clicks), and click “Finish”.
- Turbo Mode is now running!
Enable/Disable Turbo Mode with two clicks
Turbo Mode will now start and won’t stop until you click the in-program button.
If you’d like to run Turbo Mode with just two clicks of your mouse:
- Click the TuneUp Utilities System Tray icon.
- Click the Turbo Mode button.
How much battery life is gained?
I conducted a “highly” scientific test where I browsed the Internet (with Flash Block enabled—i.e. not battery-killing Flash running) on a full charge without Turbo Mode enabled, and got 2 hours and 12 minutes of battery life. When I enabled Turbo Mode the next day and browsed the Internet again, I got 2 hours 31 minutes of battery life, which is a 14% increase (and all I did was click a button). If you’d like to extend your battery life even further, see the additional resources below.
More tips on extending battery life
If you’d like to take even more steps to save your laptop’s battery life (some of the tips below are already taken care of by Turbo Mode), check out these guides:
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