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Save 1-4% More Battery Life With Windows Vista Battery Saver

Quite a few people have written in asking me if it’s possible to turn off Aero when on battery power to save a few precious minutes of battery life. While I dispute the claim that Aero drains the battery life, there is now a utility that will automatically turn off Aero when in battery mode so you can test it for yourself.

The Windows Vista Battery Saver utility will turn off Aero and/or the Windows Sidebar when on battery, or only when battery life is low. The author claims it saves 30% of your battery life, but the Windows Vista Blog says only 1-4%, so your mileage may vary.

Once installed, there’s a small icon in the system tray that will bring up the following settings dialog:

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If you are wondering why the screenshot is so blurry, it’s because the fonts on the dialog were actually blurry on my screen for some reason. (no idea why).

Personally, this utility seems like it would be useful only for using the “Deactivate when battery level is less then …”  Once your battery life is down to critical levels, it’s probably helpful to turn off anything that could cause extra processor cycles, and the sidebar is a good candidate for that.

Download Windows Vista Battery Saver from Just Code

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/15/07

Comments (3)

  1. vicious

    Done I am sure turning off Aero, Sidebar will be much better for us to use the notebook longer. This is cool stuff, I really liked it :D

    thx
    vicious_soul

  2. k henderson

    Worth knowing thanks! At the same time 4% on a typical 4 hour battery is 12 minutes and that’s in an ideal scenario. Turning off your wireless card will save a lot more battery assuming you dont need internet while computing.

  3. Khalid

    its no mistake… Aero DOES drain power faster… i get at least an extra 15-30 minutes of time while actively using my computer and up to an hour more when the lid is closed and im just using it as an “mp3″ player (my ipod got stolen)…

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