Microsoft Surface Tip: May 14

Tip of the Week: Get better battery life for your Surface

You’ve probably heard or discovered that the Surface battery life is a little short. While this isn’t true for the RT (which is an “all day” device) it is true for the Surface Pro. Out of the box, you can expect only about 3 to 4 hours or so from a full charge.

However, there are a few things you can do to improve the battery life on your Surface Pro.

Both of these tips can be easily implemented from the power setting menu.

  1. Shutdown instead of sleep your Surface: The start-up cycle for the Surface is only about 10 seconds. In sleep mode, your Surface is too easy to accidentally wake up when you don’t mean to which costs battery life.
  2. Shorten the time to turn off the screen and shutdown the machine during inactivity: Personally, I set the screen to turn off after 1 minute of inactivity when on battery. I also set the machine to shutdown after 3 minutes of inactivity.

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