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- Avoid using your laptop on soft surfaces like beds, couches and pillows. This blocks the laptop’s air vents, causing your laptop to heat up. Hot internal components wear out faster than cool ones.
- Clean your laptop fans once a month. Get a can of compressed air with a thin nozzle and direct the air into your laptop fans and air vents. This increases airflow through the vents and reduces the amount of work your fans have to do.
- Carry your laptop in a padded or fortified bag to minimize wear and tear while your laptop is in transit. One bad drop can wreck a hard drive or crack a screen.
- Never carry the laptop by its corners or edges. This stresses the case, which leads to early fractures and cracks. A weakened case means the laptop is more prone to bending and twisting, which can damage internal components.
- Remove the battery when the laptop is plugged in. Batteries can overheat or overcharge when plugged in, reducing their lifespan. Store your laptop in a cool, dry location to further increase battery lifespan.
- Use your laptop on battery power until you get a low power warning, then plug it in and let the battery fully recharge.
- Don’t put your laptop in Standby or Sleep mode. Sleeping laptops still use a little bit of electricity, which drains your battery, forcing you to recharge more often. The average laptop battery is good for about 500 charge/depletion cycles. Use Hibernate mode instead of Standby.
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