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Without a decent battery, your laptop is little more than an underpowered desktop — here are some of the best tools to help you stay on top of your battery life.

As important as a battery is to a laptop, we can often be less informed than we should be about how healthy our batteries are. It’s all too easy to presume that it’s functioning just as it should, only to be surprised when it reaches the end of its usable life and has to be replaced.

These tools will help you avoid any nasty shocks, by being aware of the changes to your battery’s capacity over time and the wear that it’s bound to endure with any sort of heavy use. By taking these figures into consideration, you’ll be able to get the most out of your battery Seven Laptop Components That Can Improve Your Battery Life Seven Laptop Components That Can Improve Your Battery Life Most manufacturers lie about battery performance. Read More  and increase the overall battery lifetime How To Increase The Lifetime Of Your Laptop Battery How To Increase The Lifetime Of Your Laptop Battery A laptop with a short battery life is a nuisance, especially when you're on the road and nowhere close to a power socket. To make each individual charge of your battery last longer, learn about... Read More .

BatteryInfoView

Straightforward tool that provides plenty of battery information in a lightweight package.

BatteryInfoView is the very definition of a no-frills utility. It’s a tiny piece of freeware that simply gives you some essential information about your laptop’s battery Get More Runtime From A Single Laptop Battery Charge Get More Runtime From A Single Laptop Battery Charge Does your laptop battery charge not last long? This guide will offer tips on how to get more runtime from a single charge, using simple Windows settings. Read More , and does so in a very straightforward — if a little dated — format.

BatteryInfoView

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The tool is split into two primary components. The first is a screen that presents information like the current capacity of your battery and its wear level. The other is an ongoing log of the bare essentials; power state, capacity, capacity value, rate, and voltage.

Those statistics are tracked as frequently as you would like, and can be exported as a text file to act as a lasting record of your battery’s performance. It’s clear that BatteryInfoView was designed with function as its focus, and the result is a utilitarian tool that does the job without any kind of fuss.

BatteryMon

Spartan utility presents battery capacity and discharge rate as a graph.

Over time, the performance of your laptop battery will begin to diminish. All sorts of factors can contribute to this process, so it’s important to stay abreast  of any changes as they’re going on. BatteryMon makes that easy, by monitoring your laptop’s battery capacity and discharge rate and presenting a graph of its findings to you in real time.

BatteryMon

It’s a straightforward way of finding out about the health of your battery How a Battery Works and 3 Ways You Can Ruin It How a Battery Works and 3 Ways You Can Ruin It The modern battery is featured in so many of our favourite technologies that you could almost be forgiven for not spending time learning about their workings. Read More , and tracking it over the course of its life. You can set this to display as a small, unobtrusive widget on your screen, or you can elect to set up an email notification, if a particular statistic reaches a predetermined milestone.

This tool will help you monitor the health of your laptop’s battery in the long term. By using its logging functionality to keep records of your battery’s performance, the battery’s current capacity can be compared to data collected in the past — for that reason, it’s best to start using BatteryMon as early in your battery’s lifespan as possible, so you have readings from throughout its life to compare with one another.

BatteryCare

A free tool to help you recalibrate your battery gauge via intentional discharge cycling.

To keep your battery working as well as it can, it’s important to understand the best practices with regards to discharge. Experts suggest that you shouldn’t let your battery drain Should I Remove My Laptop Battery To Increase its Life? [Geeks Weigh In] Should I Remove My Laptop Battery To Increase its Life? [Geeks Weigh In] Does running your laptop on AC power damage the battery? Should you remove the battery to increase its lifetime? If you own a laptop, these questions have probably crossed your mind before. The short answer... Read More completely, as it can cause long-term damage to it. Instead, it’s best to let it drain partially and recharge frequently.

BatteryCare

However, this sort of cycling can sometimes make it difficult for the battery’s gauge to accurately keep track of just how much energy it’s storing, which can lead to battery readouts being inaccurate. BatteryCare addresses this problem and also offers more general information about the battery and its capacity.

By charging your battery completely, then draining it to the lowest safe level, you can recalibrate your battery gauge and ensure your readout is as accurate as possible. Full instructions of how to perform this task are available on the BatteryCare website.

BatteryBar

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Your toolbar already contains a battery icon, but it gives you a minimal amount of information compared to some of the alternatives in this article. BatteryBar provides a good compromise, delivering the most important figures at an instant, without taking up too much space on your screen or hogging resources.

BatteryBar

For the most part, it’s just a slightly larger battery icon — but click on it and you’ll be presented with important data like your overall capacity and the level of wear 20 Ways To Increase Laptop's Battery Life 20 Ways To Increase Laptop's Battery Life Read More your battery has already endured. It’s not quite as all-encompassing a resource as something like BatteryInfoView, but that’s very much by design.

The basic version of BatteryBar is free, but there’s also a $4 Pro version available that adds in all sorts of personalization options. Whichever version you go for, it’s a good way of getting the most important battery information quickly and easily.

Windows 10 Battery Saver

Built-in battery tool for the latest version of the Windows OS.

If you’re running Windows 10, you’ll have access to a new battery tool that was amongst the new additions 7 Quick Tips & Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience 7 Quick Tips & Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience Windows 10 is more than an upgrade to Windows 8, it's an evolution. We've covered many of the big changes, but lots of minor things changed, too. Maybe we can teach you a new trick. Read More  to the new version of the new OS. To access it, you’ll need to open the Settings app — there’s a handy shortcut to do that, just press Windows + I. Then, navigate to System > Battery Saver > Battery Saver Settings, tick the box and select the desired battery level for the function to kick in at.

Battery Saver

First introduced for Windows Phone 5 Power Saving Tips To Keep Your Windows Phone 8.1 Battery Fresh 5 Power Saving Tips To Keep Your Windows Phone 8.1 Battery Fresh Does your battery drain faster since you upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1? A few simple settings can increase battery life and get through the day and beyond on a single charge. Read More , Battery Saver limits background processes on your device to make sure that you can wring the most out of your battery. You can turn it on at any time, but to ensure that it doesn’t impede your PC’s performance, it’s perhaps best saved for a situation where you might run out of power.

The Battery Saver panel in the Settings app also features a useful Battery usage section. Rather than covering the status of your battery like the other tools covered in this article, it lays out the respective amounts that the system, the screen and Wi-Fi are consuming your battery life. It won’t give you the same idea of what’s happening to your battery in the long-term as other tools will, but it can be a very illuminating way of looking at the short-term effects of your computer usage on its battery.

How do you ensure your battery stays in tip top shape?

  1. hereNT
    May 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I just tried Battery Care and didn't even run it.

    Why?

    Because it also installed some antivirus crap, chromium, and then also changed my default search engine. Plus some other app I don't even remember the name of.

    If that's the quality of product being recommended by this author, I recommend nobody actually install anything else on the list. I know I won't.

    For all I know, that was also installing malware or a virus.

    • Rishik Chandan
      May 22, 2016 at 6:29 am

      You have to be careful while installing it. After agreeing to the setup's license it asks the user whether he'd like to install bytefence, chromium and toolbars. you just have to click where it says "Customize installation" and a checkbox pops out. Uncheck all of them and continue with the installation that will install BatteryCare only.

    • havajuduin
      July 23, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Unchecky will solve that promo crap

  2. Mark Yates
    April 29, 2016 at 5:03 am

    I just want some science behind this. I have a hard time believing in any battery calibration apps. I think it's all just marketing to those that don't know better. I wish to research lion batteries more. It just seems like once they discharge and recharge overtime they die out. It's just a fact of life. I don't think you can reverse that trend. I just don't see how that can be a thing.

  3. Biplav Shrestha
    August 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    thanks man!! I was looking for an app like batterybar and I found it here.

  4. Keng Yuan Chang
    July 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    wow, according to BatterySaver's Battery Usage, display accounts for 80% of the battery usage, I knew it draws a lot of power but did not expect this much

  5. Mahuzin
    April 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I'm using "Battey Care" since jan 2014 & its interface is simple & clear. solves your problem in knowing the status of your battery.

  6. Stephen
    April 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    For Mac OS' the must have is Coconut Battery monitor

  7. Sumit Singh
    April 3, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Thank you so much for this detailed write-up.

    Sumit Singh

  8. Gavin
    April 2, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I have been using BatteryCare for a number of years, since my first laptop.

    • CyberRanger
      September 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      I love BatteryCare, but their install files on some locations & now even their upgrades are infected with malware. Sadly, had to remove it.

  9. Jeet Sagar
    April 2, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Would have been helpful if you had mentioned alternative programs for other operating systems.

    • jimvandamme
      April 3, 2015 at 12:14 am

      Like, specifically, Linux. "Battery Charge Graph" doesn't work on my Mint 17.1.

  10. Bob
    April 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I quite like batexpert from KC Softwares but watch out for the bundled crapware and untick as necessary.

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