How to Keep an Eye on the Health of Your Laptop Battery

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The battery can be the Achilles heel in a laptop. All batteries will go bad sooner or later and it pays to keep an eye on the state of your battery. How much do you know about your battery's health? Aside from the time that is estimated to remain before you run out of power or a percent reading of the remaining charge, laptops do not generally provide much other battery information.

Nir Sofer, who is a prolific and well-known writer of small free Windows utilities, has released a new little program to help fill in the information that can be obtained about your battery. It monitors a number of battery properties and is called BatteryInfoView. It is a stand-alone program and requires no installation. The author says it works on Windows 2000 up to Windows 7. It has two modes of display. An example of the main window is shown below. The other mode of display is a log that shows the charge or discharge state at specified time intervals.

Nirsoft battery monitoring utility

Go to this link for more details about the utility and/or to download it.

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