Increase Your Laptop Battery Life With BatteryCare

August 14, 2009

in Tools & Extras

We have already told you about the laptop battery monitoring tool and about increasing your laptop battery life in our earlier posts, in case you have missed them check it out  here: Laptop Battery monitoring For Windows and 7 simple tips to increase laptop battery life.

Now in this post we are going to introduce you to a great tool called BatteryCare (For Windows). Its a few Kb application that will not only extend/increase your battery life but it will also give you some useful information about your laptop battery.

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So lets start first With BatteryCare’s Features:

1: Complete Battery information: Some laptops mention the state of the battery in terms of percentage battery charge only, they do not mention the time left corresponding to that percentage battery charge. BatteryCare eliminates this problem by mentioning the time remaining for corresponding battery charge.

2: Battry’s discharge cycle monitoring: This tool also notifies you when a full discharge is required to optimize your laptop battery. When the configured number of discharge cycles is reached, a notification balloon pops up to remind that a full discharge is required.

3: Automatic Switching among Power Plans: BatteryCare automatically switches to a efficient OR power saver mode on the disruption of AC power supply.

4: Requires very low memory resources: BatteryCare requires only 0.1% processing power. So its not going to slow down your PC at all.

5: Disables Vista Aero theme in Battery mode: If you are not much concerned about the graphics, then for vista users this tool can disable the vista aero theme automatically as soon as your PC comes on battery mode.

Installing BatteryCare: Go to this link: Download BatteryCare , this will be a zip file so extract its content and install it by double clicking on the .exe file. Now once the BatteryCare is installed you can easily configure it to get the above mentioned features. For enabling the “automatic power plan switching” feature double click on the BatteryCare icon in the system tray and click on “Options” tab.

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Now click on the “Power plans” tab, check “automatically select power plans” and then select which type of performance you want on battery mode and on charging mode. For instance i’ve selected power saver mode in battery mode and high performance mode when battery is getting charged.

BatteryCare - Power Plans

In Windows vista high quality graphics leads to faster dicharging of the laptop battery. So to avoid this you may configure this tool to disable the aero theme as soon as your laptop battery enters into a discharging mode. For enabling this feature click on “General options” and then check the last checkbox.

BatteryCare_Disable aero in vista

What you are doing to optimize your laptop battery life?, do let us know in comments.



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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin August 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Wow this app i think is much better than the batterymonitoring tool that you mentioned earlier.
Thumbs up for BatteryCare 😀

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2 Shahab August 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm

@Kevin, Yes kevin you are right!
What i really liked about this tool is its ability to change the power plans automatically. Its really great specially for vista!

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3 Stewin Hawkins September 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm

HI,

THANKS for the post. the tool is really good.

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4 Shahab September 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm

You’re Most Welcome Stewin!

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5 Olivia smith January 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Hey thanks for this post… OK, the tips are really useful! Thanks for them! Hope my battery will last longer from now on.. 🙂

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