Improve the performance of Dell XPS 13 Battery Life

The non-touch version of the Dell XPS 13 continues to use 11 hours and 54 minutes on the laptop Battery Test, which absorbs 100 units of brightness when continuous surfing over Wi-Fi. But, when coming to the use of laptop, its staying power will vary depending on the workload, Screen brightness and your configuration (the 4k screen obtains much lower battery life). We suggested some tips to enhance your XPS 13’s battery life.

Dell XPS 13

Confirm whether you have the latest BIOS

Dell launched a BIOS update in December 2015, which improved the XPS 13’s battery life to nearly 25 percent. Our review unit has risen from 9 hours and 37 minutes to 11 hours and 54 minutes. If you need BIOS update click here and learn how to install BIOS update.


Dim the Screen

The display of the XPS 13 can get somewhat bright, which records 318 units of our light meter. On any computer the display is the one the greatest power drains, and if it is kept at 100 percent intensity sure that it burn through your battery.

When the computer continues to impressive 11 hours 54 minutes at 100 units, probably you want to reduce the bright of that more if you are in a pinch. We tried to reduce the bright up to 10 percent (20 units), that was dark but is even clearer, and laptop runs for 38 minutes.

Some users may reduce their brightness, but it doesn’t help your battery usage.  When we 100 percent brightness for our tests, the laptop continues to work only for 9 hours flat, and losing nearly 3 potential hours of usage.

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Lower Your Performance

To reduce your TDP which stands for Thermal Design Power, the XPS 13 provides battery settings. CPU will produce this highest amount of heat while running, and the CPU is more liable to produce over heat when it reaches high performance level. If you reduce your TDP, your CPU does not work that much strong, but it will save your battery life.

When we ran the Laptop Mag Battery Test at 100 units of brightness, but with the usage of TDP settings the XPS 13 continues to work for 12 hours and 38 minutes that is 44 minutes faster than our original test. We tested Geekbench 3 on low TDP settings to check whether the performance is good, but we didn’t find any difference. If you are running exhaustive programs, you will get some irritation while using this function.


Here’s how to enable Low TDP:

  1. Select Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options
  2. Close to your current plan Click Change plan settingsDell XPS 13
  3. Click “Change advanced power settings.”Dell XPS 13
  4. Click the + next to”Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Settings”Dell XPS 13 6
  5. Click the + next to Config TDP Level

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    Dell XPS 13
  6. Close to “on battery.” choose Low TDPfrom the menu.
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    7.Click Apply, and then click OK.Dell XPS 13

Change Wi-Fi Networks

We run our battery test on the latest version of the wireless standard that is 802.11ac network. Usually, 802.11ac connections needs less power when compared to previous networks, like 802.11n. Try to keep your Dell XPS 13 connected to 802.11ac for a potential battery bump, if you are having network.

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