How to Extend the Lifespan of Laptop/PC. (Common Mistakes we all make)

Your computer sure makes life easier but can you say you pay it back the same way? It turns out seemingly insignificant things like keeping the battery in or forgetting to unplug your headphones can slowly kill your electronic buddy. Don’t worry I’ll fill you in on the most common mistakes in PC care. (Extend the Lifespan of Laptop)

Connecting the laptop to a power supply the wrong way.

If you like me, you probably think that it doesn’t really matter which end of the charger gets plugged in first. We are wrong.! Never ever plug it into an outlet without first connecting something to the other end. If you do this, the power supply can simply burn out, or, worst case scenario you can kill the motherboard. Always start with connecting the laptop to the charger, then the plug to the outlet and only then turn the laptop on.

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Wrong way of connecting laptop charger

Plugging into the power source without removing the battery from the laptop.

If you frequently use your laptop while it’s plugged in. Then it is a good idea to take the battery after you have charged it about 50%-60%. If you leave it inside it will become less productive over time, only reserving enough energy to run for 20 minutes. Now here comes the surprising part. It is best to keep that battery in the fridge. (Not in the freezer but the fridge.) To protect it, wrap it in a waterproof package. This way it won’t oxidize and will retain all its properties.

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Wrapping the battery in a waterproof package

Using a tee and extension cable instead of a power strip.

Power surges or unexpected power supply cuts can lead not only to Instant Data loss but also to the processor burning. It’s not just the grid to blame for power surges, lightning can give you a hard time as it sends its pulses through cables and even phone wires. A buildup of static is also a potential danger. To protect yourself and minimize all risks, you must use a power strip instead of the usual tee or extension cord. It will let you turn off the power supply in times of strong current drops. For the same reason don’t keep your PC constantly plugged in.

Putting your system unit too close to the wall, furniture, and home decor

If you have an old school computer, you must be facing the “where do I put that stack? “question. It’s huge and many people prefer to push it somewhere far away from where it can’t it be seen. When you do so, you are forgetting the rule of free access to ventilation. The airflow often gets blocked by a wall, curtains or other interior items. Remember your computer needs an effective cooling system, otherwise, you are at risk of overheating and the interrupting functionality. Make sure that nothing prevents access to air. And that the ventilation opening is not blocked.

Extend the Lifespan of Laptop

Not paying enough attention to your software

For the operating system to run smoothly for many years, give it the treatment it deserves. Keep track of what you are installing. Avoid unnecessary programs. Clean the registry often and get rid of temporary files and various duplicates. If possible, use only original drivers that are fully compatible with your computer. Regularly scan it for viruses and get rid of suspicious files.

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Virus Guards protecting our PC

Transporting your laptop in sleep or hibernation mode

Before you put the laptop in its case and go somewhere, make sure that it is in shutdown mode. Sleep and hibernation are only when you are using the gadget at home and don’t like to constantly wait for the system to fully boot. (Although it is worth doing it from time to time).

Sleep and hibernation modes are not recommended for transporting a laptop. Because laptops don’t handle active moment well. Only movie characters can use them on the back of a motorcycle while running away from enemies. In real life, it can lead to software damage.

Exposing the screen to direct sunlight

One thing that your laptop and computer both have in common is that they hate the sun. Obviously, it can cause problems with overheating and its rays can slowly, but surely kill your display. So, if you keep your gadgets close to the window or in direct sunlight, be prepared to say goodbye to a bright and saturated picture soon.

Exposing the screen to direct sunlight.not Extend the Lifespan of your Laptop
Consequences of Exposing the screen to direct sunlight.

Mangling the cords –Also affect the Lifespan of Laptop

What do the cables and power cords of you a laptop look like.? If they are all twisted and bend or wrapped around something to keep them bundled, don’t expect them to serve you for long time.

Sharp edges even on plastic objects easily cut into the codes and ruin them, bending does the same thing. So, the best you can do is either bundle the code over itself or the power adaptor. And make sure all cables are attached to the motherboard and don’t hang lose every time you turn the computer off and on.

Keeping your laptop too hot –Extend the Lifespan of Laptop

Heat is your laptops worst enemy. So, keep your gadget cool on a flat and firm surface. If the air vent is in the lower part of the laptop, just a flat table won’t be enough for support.  Get yourself an additional cooling system using a special stand with small built-in fans. This way you will extend the lifespan of your laptop and keep it quiet.

Using a cheap replacement for power supply –Extend the Lifespan of Laptop

when your power supply burns or gets lost, don’t go for a cheaper version or borrow your friend’s old charger to save money. It’s important that you use an original power supply that’s fully suited to your laptop model.!  If you ignore this rule, you will give your battery and even the motherboard a really hard time.

Fake vs Real Power Supply

Installing and uninstalling lots of programs –Extend the Lifespan of Laptop

When you install and uninstall tons of programs, they take up different spaces of your previously installed programs on your disk. This is called disc fragmentation and it slows down the work of your software. you can use a disk defragmenter to solve this problem and if your disk is full, but you don’t think you have too many programs installed, try using some tools that delete rarely used and temporary files. There are so many software’s to do this automatically but the famous one is CCleaner and it is my favorite one also.

Cleaning the screen, the wrong way – Extend the Lifespan of Laptop

Do you use some liquids to clean your computer screen.? Stop it right now.! Ammonia-based alcohol containing substances can seriously damage the anti-reflective coating of your screen and shorten its life span. Using wet wipes, cleaning agents and running water aren’t the best ideas either.

The best thing you can do is use microfiber of soft fabrics. If they don’t do the trick, use special wipes for cleaning the screen. Choose them to depend on the type of screen, so you don’t spoil the coating.

Cleaning the machine right way and wrong way.Extend the Lifespan of your Laptop

Do you know of any other things that seem harmless but damage your PC.? Spread the word in the comments below…

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