Ubuntu – Tips to extend battery life for laptops and notebooks


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It is possible to greatly extend the usage time of a laptop or netbook running on battery by disabling various services and installing various packages.

What tricks or tips do people have for getting an extra hour or two out of their batteries?

Best Answer

Use powertop to see which programs are doing unneeded background processing such as beagle/tracker, weather notifications, gnome-do, and (if you don't need the internet) network-manager, mail-notifications.

Run sudo powertop --auto-tune to set all tunable options to their GOOD settings.

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