Maximize your Surface battery life

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Your Surface uses an internal lithium-ion battery. The amount of time your battery lasts will vary depending on the kinds of things you do with your Surface. This article will help you learn more about how to get the most out of your Surface battery.

For information on how to charge your Surface, see Surface battery and power.


Making your battery last

Choose a power mode for the best battery life and performance

On some Surface models you can select a power mode, which affects how much battery life and the performance you can get from your Surface.

To switch to a different power mode, select the battery icon in the Windows taskbar. If you want to save power to write an email or finish a movie, move the slider to a lower setting, like Recommended or Battery saver. Or, if you need better performance for playing a game or using a Windows Mixed Reality headset, move the slider to a higher setting like Best performance.

General battery tips and tricks

For ways to save battery power, see Battery saving tips for your PC.

Get the latest Windows and Surface updates

Installing the latest updates will help keep your Surface performing at its best. To see how, go to Install Surface and Windows updates.

Power & sleep settings

To get to these settings, type power & sleep into the search box on the taskbar. For more information on Windows Power & Sleep Settings, see How to adjust power and sleep settings.

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Follow these tips to extend the lifetime of your battery:

  • Keep it cool. Surface is designed to work between 32°F and 95°F (or 0°C to 35°C). Lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to high temperatures, so keep your Surface out of the sun and don’t leave it in a hot car.
  • Once a month, recharge when it’s 10% or lower. You can recharge the battery whenever you want But, However, it’s best to let the battery run to below 10% at least once per month before you recharge it.

Having issues charging your Surface, or other battery related issues? See Surface battery won’t charge or Surface won’t run on battery.

Having issues with your Surface power supply? See Fix issues with your Surface power supply.

Warranty information for Surface batteries

If the battery’s defective, there’s a warranty. For more details, see Surface standard warranty and Get Microsoft Complete for Surface.

Send feedback to Microsoft with the Feedback Hub app

The Feedback Hub app lets you tell Microsoft about any problems you run in to while using Windows 10 and send suggestions to help us improve your Windows experience. See Send feedback to Microsoft with the Feedback Hub app to send us feedback on your power and battery experience.

Still having issues? Contact us and work with a Surface Support Advocate.