Posted by: kurtsh | February 28, 2013

TOOL: BatteryCare for Windows 7/8 (3rd party)

imageA while back I wrote a post about estimating battery wear using the internal tools within Windows.  A fellow named Filipe Lourenço wrote a tool for end users that does this easily without breaking out the command line, while also providing all sorts of interesting battery related information like the number of discharge cycles run,

The tool is called “BatteryCare” for Windows and has numerous interesting features for folks concerned about their laptop’s battery life.  Honestly, not all the features appeared to work for me on my Sony Vaio S, but the battery wear feature did display correctly and that was what I was most interested in monitoring.  It is stored in your SysTray so it’s easy to check out and has low overhead.

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.

DOWNLOAD: BatteryCare version 0.9.13.0
http://batterycare.net/en/index.html


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