Top Five Programs to Analyze Battery Life | Diagnostics and improvements

The battery is an essential part of the notebook, and it is critical that it is in good condition for perfect hardware operation. Over time, it is common for some battery errors to occur, such as fluctuations in the charge level indicator and shorter total charge duration and failures to discharge it. However, it is not always easy to diagnose battery performance, as Windows does not provide enough information to control it.

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Therefore it may be necessary to resort to third party programs. The following list provides five software options to check your PC battery. They analyze the battery life, making it possible to prevent battery deterioration through calibration and corrective measures or even knowing when to replace it with a new one.

Windows natively displays the battery, but does not detail it Photo: Isabela Giantomaso / dnetcWindows natively displays the battery, but does not detail it Photo: Isabela Giantomaso / dnetc

Windows natively displays the battery, but does not detail it Photo: Isabela Giantomaso / dnetc

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1. Powercfg Battery Report

Powercfg is a Windows command tool, so I don't need to download third-party programs to use it. It is available through Command Prompt from the powercfg / batteryreport code (without quotes). When triggered, it generates the address C: Users YourName battery-report.html. Double click on the file to open it in the browser.

BatteryReport is a native Windows tool Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraBatteryReport is a native Windows tool Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

BatteryReport is a native Windows tool Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The software reproduces an accurate report of the PC's battery history, with information about the performance and capacity of the piece over time. In addition, it indicates the battery usage in recent days and its capacity according to the charge percentage. Also informed are the duration and time it took the computer to download. If the report shows drastic differences in numbers, it may be necessary to change the battery.

BatteryInfoView is a free Windows program that generates information about your computer battery. The program provides complete information on current capacity and full recharge, as well as battery health and charge and discharge cycles. The second screen provides a detailed analysis of energy state logarithms, time and discharge values, etc.

Analyze your battery life through a simple interface Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraAnalyze your battery life through a simple interface Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Analyze your battery life through a simple interface Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The program also allows the export of this information to a TXT or CSV file, ideal for references and battery comparisons over a long period of time. The program can be downloaded from the official website (nirsoft.net/utils/battery_information_view.html).

BatteryInfoView's strengths are that it displays detailed battery information in one place, allowing the user to identify changes in device capacity. In addition, you can position the program window on top of other applications to monitor the battery. However, the software has no option to filter the battery log by dates, nor does it have graphs to measure the level of wear over time.

BatteryMon is a program that monitors the battery charge level through a real time graph. It is suitable for more experienced users, as it has a more complex interface, with possibilities of data visualization customization. You can configure notifications about the battery charge level, voltage and temperature in the program, and you can compare and analyze current battery capacities with those previously collected.

Having control over your battery prevents your computer from discharging power Photo: Reproduo / Gabrielle FerreiraHaving control over your battery prevents your computer from discharging power Photo: Reproduo / Gabrielle Ferreira

Having control over your battery prevents your computer from discharging power Photo: Reproduo / Gabrielle Ferreira

The program has a graph that has the function of crossing information, having on its y axis the percentage load level, and the sampling time on the x axis. There are also indicative of the current load level, its load trends and the comparison with its service life. The program can be downloaded for free (passmark/products/batmon.htm).

BatteryCat is a simple and ideal interface program for lay users. It is divided into three sections: state of charge, capacity and battery cycles. It is possible to check the current and maximum load numbers, and their current state from the original. The free program is available for Windows (sourceforge.net/projects/batterycat/).

The ideal BatteryCat for those who are serious about it Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle FerreiraThe ideal BatteryCat for those who are serious about it Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

The ideal BatteryCat for those who are serious about it Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

BatteryCat allows you to access battery history and save data along with its date of origin. This functionality is essential for users who like to compare results, to know when to change the battery. The piece information is updated every ten seconds within the program. A weakness of the program will not allow to filter the data displayed on the screen.

BatteryCare is an ideal program for optimizing computer performance and battery usage. Its algorithm allows loading and unloading cycles to be tracked and controlled. The main window shows all detailed battery information such as projected and total capacity, voltage and wear level. BatteryCare also monitors the CPU, hard disk temperature, and alerts you when your computer reaches a specific high temperature.

Know your battery cycles and when to replace it with a new photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraKnow your battery cycles and when to replace it with a new photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Know your battery cycles and when to replace it with a new photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The program memorizes in its base all the data obtained, facilitating its long-term access. Calibration processes such as date and number of calibrations are also saved. This tool opens the possibility of comparing the numbers between different batteries, thus being able to analyze which one fits best for your desired performance.

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