BatteryBar

BatteryBar

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 28 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.6.6
  • Total Downloads:
    161,186
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 22, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (Preferences window and low battery notification disabled); $10.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1.26MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    144
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Are you tired of guessing when your laptop's battery will be done charging (and tired of second guessing its so-called battery meter)? Give BatteryBar a try. It's an unobtrusive but capable utility that accurately displays the status of your laptop's battery while in use or during charging. It's "smart," too, giving progressively more-accurate estimates of remaining battery or charge time: the more you use it, the better it does its job.

After installing the program, we opened BatteryBar by right-clicking the Toolbars menu on the system taskbar. BatteryBar's main "interface" is a tiny icon that graphically displays charge status. Clicking or hovering over it calls up a small dialog with details of any detected batteries; right-clicking it calls up a menu with some resource settings and the Preferences menu, which activates a Settings dialog. Here is where we found the program's display, alert, and battery profiles options, including numerous display "themes," an unexpected but appreciated touch. You can adjust the slider controls to configure Warnings via time or percent of charge remaining, a vast improvement over the typical laptop's battery charge status indicator. We opted for pop-up alerts over the audible alarm as a matter of choice, though we don't doubt many users will appreciate both reminders.

BatteryBar is available in a free version with a reduced feature set, but the full BatteryBar Pro is available in several inexpensive licensing options, each way cheaper than a new battery. Though it won't charge your batteries faster, it can save time by accurately indicating when they'll be done.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of BatteryBar 3.3.3. The trial version's preferences window and low battery notification was disabled.
 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Works, though not very useful"

July 06, 2014  |  By tomysshadow

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.6.2

Pros

Displays exactly, right down to the nearest tenth, the amount of battery left and time left. Time left is (I find) more accurate than Windows' prediction.

Cons

Takes up a lot of space on the taskbar and takes a long time to load, is also kind of useless when Windows default is close enough.

Summary

Meh, okay

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1 stars

"Downloaded Loads Of Rubbish Onto My PC!!!"

March 07, 2013  |  By BoxOffMyComputer

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.4

Pros

Uninstalled immediately after seeing the junk it installed onto my PC. This is even though I unticked the boxes asking if I wanted the rubbish.

Cons

Iminent & Wajam, if i wanted them on my pc i would install them. What a joke!

Summary

Bad!

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5 stars

"The devil is in the details"

October 30, 2012  |  By billhaack

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.4

Pros

More info at a glance than anything else out there. Small footprint. So far nothing conflicts with it.
The visuals are also a real + - can see while working the approximate battery level.

Cons

Have yet to find any.

Summary

The free version works for me, but the pro does add a lot of other info.

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4 stars

"Nice basic tool"

May 29, 2012  |  By lgcnet

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.4

Pros

Simple interface.

Cons

Might be clearer in notation for "charge left" time versus time to "fully charged."

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4 stars

"Seems to work good"

December 10, 2011  |  By leoschulz

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.4

Pros

I like to have the status of the battery that it gives me.

Cons

It seems to be calculating the full runtime and never gets done!!!

Summary

Overall very useful.

Updated on Jan 13, 2012

Seems to work good. Very happy with.

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3 stars

"Locks up my taskbar"

November 11, 2011  |  By aries_toomany

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.3

Pros

Good, accurate

Cons

Locks up my taskbar

Summary

Version 3.5.2 was more stable than this. I tried installing this thing three times, but it is unstable when you "save" your setting. I've been using this for about a year now, but upgraded to the Pro version a few months ago.

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4 stars

"It's doing the job."

August 30, 2011  |  By martod

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.2

Pros

Easy to keep an eye to the battery.

Cons

None so far

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4 stars

"No problems installing it"

August 29, 2011  |  By steverza

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.2

Pros

Worked fine, no regrets downloading it.

Cons

None, happy with it.

Summary

Great!

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5 stars

"worked great"

August 29, 2011  |  By releemalaysia

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.2

Pros

worked great

Cons

none so far

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1 stars

"computer locked up immediately after install..."

August 29, 2011  |  By RichG TX

 |  Version: BatteryBar 3.5.2

Pros

None for me

Cons

After I restored my computer, I had to re type passwords in on all of my accounts. I wondered if I a keyreader had been installed ??? Still wonder, even after virus checks and malware checks say it is clean.

Summary

After reading that the "direct download" had been "compromised" on Yahoo...I was stupid to use the then suggested CNET download. I don't know if there was a REAL problem...but...last time I mess around with any program that has a reported "compromise", no matter where I download it.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Chris Thompson
Publisher web site http://vb.nitescifi.com
Release Date July 22, 2015
Date Added July 22, 2015
Version 3.6.6
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 1.26MB
File Name BatteryBarSetup-3.6.6.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 161,186
Downloads Last Week 144
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Preferences window and low battery notification disabled
Price $10

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