Power Saving techniques can be used to minimize the heat produced and conserve energy. On laptops, this can be especially important as it can significantly extend battery life and excessive heat can be both uncomfortable and loud on portable devices.
Power Management Software
There are several options for managing power under Manjaro. In this article, we will introduce three of the more popular options.
TLP is the most commonly used option for automatic power management.
TLP is available from the Manjaro repositories, can be installed with your favorite package manager or by using entering the following command into your terminal:
pamac install tlp
Now that it is installed, you need to start and enable the service. This can be accomplished with the command:
systemctl enable tlp --now
TLP can manually configured by editing the file /etc/default/tlp as described in The Official Documentation.
A simpler way to configure TLP is via the GUI tool TLPUI
To install TLPUI install the package tlpui using your favorite package manager or with the command
pamac install tlpui
Laptop Mode Tools
An Alternative to TLP for laptops is Laptop Mode Tools(LMT).
laptop-mode-tools, enter the following command into your terminal:
pamac install laptop-mode-tools
Once installed, to enable LMT to start automatically every time you boot your computer, enter the following into your terminal:
sudo systemctl enable --now laptop-mode.service
LMT automatically configures some settings for you in order to optimize your laptop's battery life.
For configuration, the file to edit is
The individual kernel modules can be configured from the configuration files present in
PowerTop a diagnostic tool used to identify and report issues with power consumption and management. It can be used as a reporting tool, an automated power management tool or both.
It can be installed as
pamac install powertop
You can generate a report using powertop with the command:
sudo powertop --html
This will create the file
powertop.html in the current directory. You can open this file in any web browser.
If you are using TLP for power management you may notice some differences in the recommendations between the tools. The article Comparing TLP with PowerTop reporting describes some of the reasons for these differences.
Automated Tuning with PowerTop
sudo powertop --auto-tune" will allow PowerTop to automatically tune power management based on it's recommendations.
From a practical perspective, the best way to use PowerTops auto-tuning is with a systemd service.
To create, start and enable a systemd service for PowerTop you can use the commands:
sudo sh -c "echo -e '[Unit]\nDescription=PowerTop\n\n[Service]\nType=oneshot\nRemainAfterExit=true\nExecStart=/usr/bin/powertop --auto-tune\n\n[Install]\nWantedBy=multi-user.target\n' > /etc/systemd/system/powertop.service" sudo systemctl enable --now powertop.service
ThermalD, the Linux Thermal Daemon can be used to automatically handle CPU frequency scaling according to system load.
To install it, install
thermald in your favorite package manager or use the command:
pamac install thermald
After installing it needs to be configured to automatically start at boot in order to work:
sudo systemctl enable --now thermald