Windows Vista Battery Saver
You may not be aware, but it is widely believed that the Windows Vista Aero interface drains the battery completely from your system. But, along with many others, I dispute this claim! Several users have asked me if turning off the Aero interface will help save a few precious minutes of battery life. Well, let’s go and find out!
It just so happens that there is a utility called the Windows Vista Battery Saver that will turn off the Aero interface and/or the Windows Sidebar when your battery appears to be low. Now, that may not seem like much, but it actually saves 30 percent of your battery’s life. Wow!
The Windows Vista Battery Saver is a downloadable utility and once it’s installed on your computer, it places a small icon in your system tray that will bring up the following Settings dialogue box:
You can change the settings as you please, but I recommend one in particular: “Deactivate when battery level is less than…” Once your battery’s life is down to critical levels, it’s helpful to turn off anything that could cause extra processor cycles (the Aero interface and Windows Sidebar, for example).
You can download the Windows Vista Battery Saver right here. Enjoy getting the most out of your battery!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami