Long-time community member, first-time topic creator.
I’ve had my m3 V for around 6 months now I think, and it is absolutely fantastic. However, I am finding the battery life I’m getting to be slightly disappointing.
I’ve posted a few comments on various posts over the last few months about this, and the advice I got was very useful, but the results I’m getting are still not quite up to the same level as other people are reporting. So I figured why not just ask everyone directly!
First, my use case:
Honestly, embarrassingly minimal! I barely have any programs installed and use it almost solely for watching videos, browsing the web, and word processing. In terms of the number of internet tabs open at a time, rarely more than 3 or 4.
Things I’ve tried to increase battery life:
I have switched to using Edge as I suspected Chrome was one of the culprits for the lower-than-expected battery life.
I use the web-based offerings of Netflix, Amazon Video et al. as opposed to the downloadable versions.
I downloaded Intel XTU and turned the machine down to 4.5W – there’s a better term for that I know, but whilst I love gadgets I am not that knowledgeable with their inner workings (also I think I did this successfully, I will try and remember to post a screenshot when I get home later).
I have brightness down at either 0% or, at max, 25% all the time. My V is always in tablet mode unless I specifically need to use the physical keyboard, and battery saver mode. Bluetooth is always off.
Basically, I think I’ve tried all the various suggestions I’ve read on the forum.
However, despite implementing all these potential solutions I am still “only” getting at max 6:30 hours according to BatteryBar. Maybe I’m being greedy and expecting too much, but I’ve definitely seen posts/comments from people consistently achieving 8-9 hours with what sounds like a much higher workload than myself.
I would be grateful for any tips/tricks which may help get the battery life up!