On Windows 10, you can create different power plans to suit different needs. A power plan has different variables such as how long it should keep the screen awake when it isn’t in use, how long the drive should be kept awake, the brightness level of the screen, and more. By default, Windows 10 comes with a few power plans already configured but you can create a custom power plan to suit any need you might have.
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Custom Power Plan
Open File Explorer and paste the following in the location bar.
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options
This will open Control Panel at the power options screen. Click Create Power Plan on the left.
Select a basic power plan that the custom one will mimic. Select the one that has settings closest to what you need and you won’t have to customize as many things in the next step. Give your power plan a name so that you know what it’s for.
Change the basic settings for this plan, and click Create.
Now that the plan has been created, you can set about customizing it. The plan you created will automatically be enabled. Go to the Control Panel screen that lists all the power plans you have on your system, and click ‘Change plan settings’ next to the power plan you created. In the window that opens, click ‘Change advanced power settings’ and start customizing the plan.
Each power plan, whether it’s a custom plan or one of the presets that Windows 10 came with has the same options that you can customize. Some systems, depending on the hardware and drivers they have installed, may offer more options that you can customize.
For example, if you have the driver for it installed, and the hardware to support it, you will be able to set values for the Thermal Design Power and CPU clock. You might also see options for customizing the processor power, and adaptive brightness settings.
Power Plans are easy to make and none of the settings that you can customize can lead to hardware damage. The time you will get from a single battery charge will vary based on your power plan settings however, the plan isn’t the only thing that will decide how long the battery lasts. Other factors such as what you’re actually using your system for when a certain plan is selected will have a greater impact. If you’re only working on a document, you ought to get fairly good use out of a single battery charge. If you’re watching movies, the battery will not last as long.