Windows power pack is very important in laptop management. There are a few things you need to do if you want to save energy and extend battery life!
How to change Windows power plan
There are several ways you can switch between power plans in Windows 10.
Switch the power plan on the desktop
On the desktop, the quickest and easiest method is to type power plan into the Start menu search bar. Then choose the most relevant option from the results.
The Control Panel Power Options page opens. Please select the package you want.
Alternatively, you can press Windows + I, then type power plan into the search bar of the Settings app. Click on Edit power plan to open the Control Panel page.
Switch the power pack on the laptop
If you’re using a Windows 10 laptop, you have alternative power plan management options. When you use battery powered equipment, there is a battery icon in your system tray.
Look for the battery icon to display the power plan slider. Swipe left to increase your laptop battery life (Power Saver pack). Swipe right if you want to increase the performance of your laptop (High performance package).
You can right click on the battery icon and select Power Options to open the power plan in Control Panel Power Options. Or you can also use the shortcuts in the previous section.
Create custom power plans to save battery power and reduce power consumption
Sometimes, there isn’t a default power plan that fits your needs. You can use a laptop with a portable battery and want to extend the battery life of both devices. In this case, you can customize a power plan to suit you.
To create a custom power plan, select Create a power plan from the Control Panel Power Options menu, on the left side of the window. Name your strength plan and select an existing plan that you want as the basis for your plan.
When you create a custom power plan in Windows 10, there are several settings for you to consider.
1. Turn off the monitor and put the computer into Sleep mode
The first two settings are the easiest to change. How long do you want the monitor to remain idle before turning it off and how long should you sleep before going to sleep mode?
On mobile devices, Windows 10 offers On battery and Plugged in options. You may have to consider the timing of finding your niche. If your custom power plan is meant to save power and save battery life, set the numbers as low as possible.
Don’t know where the screen brightness toggle setting is? Microsoft removed the option to adjust screen brightness (as well as adaptive brightness) via a power plan in Windows 10 Update 1809 update. This step is enraging because the screen brightness option is another useful energy saver factor that you can adjust.
You can still change the screen brightness without switching. Click the Notification icon at the bottom right of the screen to open the Action Center. At the bottom of the panel there is an adjustable brightness slider.
Power savings will vary between monitors. Reducing a computer screen brightness from 100% to 70% can “save up to 20% on screen energy usage”. You may not have realized that a 30% drop in brightness was too big. But you will definitely see extra battery life!
2. Advanced Sleep Settings
Sleep timer in basic settings is not the only setup option. The Windows 10 power plan advanced settings hides a lot of customizable options. Click on Change advanced power settings to open the advanced menu.
You will find 3 additional Sleep options: Sleep after, Allow hybrid sleep, and Hibernate after. Hybrid sleep tries to combine Sleep and Hibernation into single and desktop mode, so just ignore it.
You can enable the option to hibernate your computer by using a combination of the “Sleep after” and “Hibernate after” options. If you set the sleep timer to Never and set a time for the hibernation timer, your computer will hibernate instead of going to sleep after a certain amount of time.
The best option for maximizing battery life is to combine the two. Let your computer hibernate after a certain amount of time. Instead of just keeping it in sleep mode (uses more overall energy).
3. Optional processor power management
Screen brightness reduces power consumption and increases battery life. But that’s not the only thing that affects the power consumption of your custom power plan. The amount of power the CPU consumes depends on how you use it. Running a high-energy program (or programs) can dramatically increase your power consumption. Whichever power plan you use.
Processor power management options control your CPU output, providing percentage counts for minimum and maximum states.
If your maximum status is set to 100%, your CPU will use its full capacity when prompted. Meanwhile, if you set the maximum state to 50%, your CPU will use less capacity. This means that if you have a 2.0GHz processor and set the processor state to a maximum of 10%, the laptop won’t just use its 200MHz potential.
Processor power management options are somewhat like overclocking tools, allowing you to use less CPU resources. In exchange, you will save energy and extend battery life.
It’s not perfect. You should experiment with the best options for your device along with the apps you run frequently.
4. Install the graphics and wireless adapter
If you are using an Intel system, you will find the Intel Graphics Settings option in the advanced power plan menu. This option allows you to define the default graphics level for your integrated CPU graphics settings, switching between Balanced, Maximum Battery Life and Maximum Performance. If you want to extend the battery life and reduce power consumption, then switch to Maximum Battery Life.
Another way to save more power in your custom power plan is Wireless Adapter Setup. Your Wireless Adapter may periodically turn off power to save battery power. Changing this setting will adjust the amount of time before the WiFi adapter goes to sleep mode. For maximum battery life, switch to Maximum Power Saving.
5. Other settings
There are many settings to look for in advanced power plan options. However, there are some settings that do not have a significant impact, even if they function properly. Unrelated settings include those listed in the desktop background settings. Such as USB settings, power button and cover, and multimedia settings.
Some of them, like the desktop background, have nothing to do with power consumption. Whether your desktop background changes every minute, 3 minutes, or 10 minutes is completely irrelevant.
Other options, such as changing the speed when the hard drive is turned off, could theoretically help. However, this component is said to use so little power that it is difficult to know the impact it will have on battery life. Apart from testing carefully crafted devices.
A mechanical hard drive, for example, takes 1 to 3 watts to run – but spends most of its time idle. Consume only a few tenths of a watt. SSD uses less power.
You can spend weeks experimenting with these settings and never get the same effect as lowering your screen brightness. Don’t waste your time, Focus on fundamentals.