When comfortably sitting in your office, battery life is not an issue.
When taking a 20 minute ride in a tax, you’re also not too worried
about battery life. However, when you’re going to be away from a wall
socket for one hour, two hours, three hours – you start to really think
about when you can get “juiced” again.
Part of ensuring you have enough power is to plan your day.
Know when you’ll be in a place like a library or coffee shop that has
an electrical socket you can plug into.
Know where on the train is a socket available for the use of passengers.
IDG writes When you’re on the road, you can significantly
conserve battery power by dimming your laptop screen’s brightness. Make
sure there are no CDs or DVDs sitting in your optical drive, and don’t
connect any USB peripherals–all power hogs. Turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi,
and 3G networking (you have to do that in flight anyhow).
Also, tweak your laptop’s power settings to conserve your
battery. For example, in Windows Vista, go to Control Panel, Power
Options and select the “Power saver” setting You can adjust the “Power
saver” settings, if you want, or create your own power plan. Read the full power saving article here.
I’ve found that many of the new notebook computers come with
powerful energy saving features that computers of two or three years
didn’t have. For example, many of the settings will automatically dim
your monitor for you when you’re running on battery power.
The “adjust power properties” option of my Lenovo 3000 N100, which
is about 3 years old, is much different and has less options than the
Dell, HP and Thinkpad computers I test a few months ago.
Remember that you could also consider using the mini-notebooks, or
netbooks on the market. These mini marvels use less energy and last