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How long will my laptop battery run?

The average run time for most laptops is 1.5 hours to 4 hours depending on the laptop model and what applications are being used. Laptops with larger screens tend to have a shorter battery run time.

Using the CD/DVD player, streaming media and the screen brightness use up the most battery. Dimming your screen even a lit bit can give you noticeably more battery life. Most laptops have a power management control panel where power use can be reduced while on battery power, such as reducing the brightness of your LCD screen.

If you want to know exactly how long your battery can last visit our how to calculate battery life page. If your battery only lasts for a few minutes, it might be time for a new battery. If your computer doesn't turn on at all, even when plugged-in, you may need a new laptop power charger.