Are there apps which can tell if the laptop battery is getting worn or bloated?

Drsunil V May 19, 2014
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Are there apps which can tell if the laptop battery is getting worn and/or start to suffer from bloating?

  1. Jack
    May 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm
    • Dr.sunil V
      June 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks. Please note , it is for Windows 7

  2. Min Xuan X
    May 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    What brand is your laptop? Have you tried running battery tests using the laptop's support bloatware? They may be able to diagnose the battery and give recommended actions as well.
    If that doesn't work, a very simple app that I use is Battery Eater. Just like BatteryMon, it displays design capacity, full charge capacity and current capacity. There is also a battery stress test using OpenGL which estimates the battery life by calculating how fast the battery power is being used up as the rendering process continues to run. Problem is that it is very, very outdated. The last stable release, 2.70, was dated Nov 2006, compared to Mar 2013 on BatteryMon.
    These battery apps generally won't alert you for poor battery performance, but as a general rule, if your battery drops below 25-50% capacity, it's time to replace the battery.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Brand is Presario CQ42

  3. Casey
    May 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I'm still using Battery Care. http://batterycare.net/en/ Be careful when installing it as it installs that conduit search hijacker crap if you don't un-check it. I have liked Battery Care but i'd like something that doesn't install a search hijacker so I'll be trying the suggestions y'all have.

    Features
    Battery's discharge cycles monitoring
    The advanced algorithm accurately records when a complete discharge cycle is performed.
    When the configured number of discharge cycles is reached, a notification balloon pops up to remind that a full discharge is required.
    Complete battery information
    It calculates the statistical remaining time in laptops that don't support the battery time left information and only list the charge percentage.
    Shows all the detailed information about the battery, such as wear level, capacities, consumption, manufacturer, etc.
    CPU and HDD temperature reading
    BatteryCare constantly monitors your CPU and hard drive temperature, either in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit.
    Automatic power plans switching
    Depending on the power source of the computer, BatteryCare can automatically select the power plan you prefer.
    Control over Windows Aero and demanding Services
    Automatically disable the graphics accelerated theme in Windows Vista and/or demanding services that degrade battery lifetime.
    Once the laptop stops running on batteries, the theme is re-enabled and the stopped services are restored.
    Notification area information
    It features a compact popup with the essential information you need to quickly monitor. Temperatures, charge status, remaining time and power plans
    Auto-updates
    No need to trouble in downloading new installers, when a new version is available, the program updates itself.
    Lightweight in the system
    Given the concern about the battery optimization, BatteryCare does not interfere with the system performance. It requires only a mere 0,1% of Processor and Memory resources

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      thanks

  4. Abbas
    May 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    My favorite app for almost anything is Android Tuner which has also free version too https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ccc71.at

  5. Saumyakanta S
    May 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    the most simple yet informative is HW monitor from cpuid . link -- http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

  6. Dalsan M
    May 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Battery Bar, as I mentioned in a response to your other question, does about the same as to l the suggestions Hovsep mentions. Monitor the voltage, battery wear, and life expectancy for any fluctuations (after the initial time period it takes for the software to get proper readings, usually within 3 days to a week). Otherwise, remove and physically check the battery for anything abnormal.

    • Drsunil V
      May 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks. I remember you had mentioned about battery bar pro. Probably thats how I got an idea of asking this question

  7. Hovsep A
    May 20, 2014 at 7:28 am

    BatteryInfoView
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/battery_information_view.html
    displaying the battery’s approximate wear level

    BatteryMon
    http://www.passmark.com/products/batmon.htm
    •Full charge capacity: The battery's current fully charged capacity. In some batteries it is possible to compare this value to the designed capacity to estimate the battery's wear.

    BattStat,
    http://users.rcn.com/tmtalpey/BattStat/
    voltages, temperature, design capacities, wear percentages

    • Drsunil V
      May 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks. Please tell that these apps can even tell whether laptop battery is wearing out / need to be replaced. Do the apps notify physical changes in battery too? If yes , do they tell percentage of wearing out of battery?

    • Hovsep A
      May 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      i dont see any checkbox for what you ask but it can be that it will do that automatically without user configuration.

      What should I do if I receive a "Consider replacing your battery" notification?
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/consider-replacing-your-battery
      This notification is new in Windows 7—earlier versions of Windows can't notify you when your battery is going bad. If you've recently upgraded to Windows 7 and are receiving this notification, it probably means that you need to replace your battery. If you don't want to receive this notification, you can turn it off by clearing the check box on the battery meter.

      check BATExpert
      http://www.kcsoftwares.com/?batexpert
      it has health/wear window, perhaps it comes bundled with toolbat do be careful during the installation.

      Batterycare
      http://batterycare.net/en/index.html

    • Drsunil V
      May 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      If default windows 7 ( for home basic ) notifier for battery replacement does not notify , does it reliably indicate battery not worn?

    • Hovsep A
      May 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Windows 7 makes use of a feature of modern laptop batteries which have circuitry and firmware that can report to Windows the overall health of the battery.
      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2010/02/08/windows-7-battery-notification-messages.aspx
      Windows 7 then does a simple calculation to determine a percentage of degradation from the original design capacity. In Windows 7 we set a threshold of 60% degradation (that is the battery is performing at 40% of its designed capacity) and in reading this Windows 7 reports the status to you. At this point, for example, a battery that originally delivered 5 hours of charge now delivers, on average, approximately 2 hours of charge.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Thanks. How to set a higher degradation-threshold for same OS , either by stock app or third-party app?

    • Hovsep A
      June 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      it will be difficult to manipulate what is inside the battery values, values hard-coded into the battery itself. Maybe to have a software that listens in the background and return it's own values in place of the actual ones, but this software can be difficult to make and also perhaps Windows will detect it as malware, trojans...

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      it's okay

  8. Rajaa C
    May 20, 2014 at 1:26 am

    For which mobile OS? Apps are there to tell battery power drainage, but I doubt if any app is there to tell if the physical dimension of the battery is changing.

    WP8.1 is coming with a battery app builtin as a new feature.

    • Drsunil V
      May 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      For windows pc.

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