BatteryCare

BatteryCare

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 61 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.21
  • Total Downloads:
    276,920
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 20, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.47MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    939
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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For road warriors, depending on your laptop means you depend on its battery. BatteryCare is a free utility that helps you keep your laptop battery topped off and ready to roll. It's more accurate than the typical battery meter, for starters, measuring battery discharge cycles instead of stored energy. BatteryCare's documentation and Web site offer a lot of information about how laptop batteries work as well as how to get the most out of your device's battery. It's fascinating, but we'll cut to the chase and simply note that there's a lot you can do to maximize your battery's life and performance, starting with downloading this freeware. We installed BatteryCare in a Netbook running 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, but it's fully compatible with Windows 8, too.

BatteryCare's System Tray icon serves as its main access point when the program is running, which should be all the time, if you want to maintain a full charge. Hovering our cursor over the icon showed our battery's current charge level, our current power plan, and CPU and HDD temperatures; clicking it produced a menu accessing Power Settings, Power Plan, and general Settings, which let us configure Notifications, Usage Statistics, and power-saving options such as pausing Aero effects and other Windows features and services when running on battery power. Double-clicking the program's tray icon produced a more detailed display, showing Battery Status, Discharge Information, Discharge Cycles Progress, and even such details as Tension (Voltage) and Wear Level.

We mentioned BatteryCare's Web site, which offers FAQs about the program, a manual for users, and a lot of information about laptop batteries and how they work. Even though BatteryCare is very easy to use, we recommend visiting its Web site since it not only helps you set up BatteryCare but will help you get the most out of all your battery-powered devices. It explains everything from the myth of the memory effect in lithium-ion batteries, to whether you should remove the battery on laptops that stay tethered to AC power most of the time (The answer? Check out BatteryCare and see for yourself!).

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"WARNING! Norton 360 detected a virus in the setup file"

January 29, 2015  |  By jdking17

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

I have used this software on another laptop with good results, and no virus was detected by Norton 360.

Cons

Warning! I just tried to download this software on an older laptop I am resurrecting. Norton 360 blocked it, saying it detected the virus "WS.Reputation.1". And the download location seems different: http:// d32ggi9m3qutog.cloudfront.net.

CNET - something is wrong with this download!

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4 stars

"Good and useful app"

January 26, 2015  |  By shantanu_das311

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

Predicts battery remaining time, shows amount of capacity and voltage remaining. Also shoes discharge cycle amount.

Cons

Installs toolbars on my pc. Even installs PC mechanic which not needed.

Summary

But still download.

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4 stars

"Good utility marred by malware"

October 19, 2014  |  By itmustbejim

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

Monitors state of battery, battery temp, cpu temp

Cons

Chrome blocks download of the most recent version due to malicious software.

Summary

I installed this on my laptop (carefully, so as to avoid any add-ons) and everything ran fine until it was time for an automatic update. The update did not work, so I checked with the website. There, I was advised to uninstall the old version -- which I did -- and download and install the new version. One small problem: Chrome will not allow me to download the most recent version; it displays a "malicious software" warning instead.

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4 stars

"Great App When Installed Carefully"

April 08, 2014  |  By erikshep

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

-Free
-Accurately predicts remaining battery life
-Clean interface
-Best battery monitor encountered

Cons

-WARNING - Will try to install a mountain of manure. This is why I rated it four stars instead of five.

Why four stars considering the amount of manure? I have installed over a dozen battery monitors and this is the best one by far. Also, it is not that difficult to install it free of the manure. If there was a comparable open source application, I would one star this and point people in that direction.

-The interface could be a little more attractive. If applications were personified, I would not find this one remotely physically attractive.

Summary

Great application - use extreme CAUTION when installing to avoid manure. I made a CNET account just to write this review. All the negative reviews seemed silly considering you can avoid all the manure by simply reading during installation. Why would anyone write a review that only highlights their own ineptitude? (Rhetorical snide remark)

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1 stars

"Donations??? Sue HIM!!"

March 09, 2014  |  By DB-Voice

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.12.1

Pros

Nothing -- another software publisher that has gone to the dark side. -- with CNET allowing or helping promote him.

Cons

HORRIBLE -- I've got an idea. How about a class action suit to pay for cleaning up after the havoc he caused. GET RID of the "OUTSTANDING CNET RATING". In fact, REMOVE the program as it is UNSAFE!!

Summary

I've also got a NEW business that he is likely to launch soon -- A CLEAN UP and SPYWARE and MALWARE REMOVAL TOOL for BATTERYCARE!

CNET --- CLEAN UP YOUR ACT --- No admin or anyone that takes care os someone's computer could possibly advise or allow ANY PROGRAM from Download.com. Why? Because, users, and even smart people, can't detect and prevent malware from your site!

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1 stars

"Useless POS. Also tries to install 5 adware programs."

February 06, 2014  |  By DS146

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

Whoever CNET Editor "Dan Russell" is, he should never again be allowed to review any software. Period.

This is a useless P.o.S. software. Do NOT install it. It does absolutely nothing useful that you can't already do just by double-clicking on your battery icon. And it uses very deceptive ways to try and get you to install 5 unrelated adware programs, repeatedly. It tries to set itself up with auto-start, auto-update, and other memory hogs.

Many of the positive user-reviews are obvious fakes. Years ago CNET was reputable, but they've obviously been taken over by MBAs who are trying to squeeze every last penny for their division. Yuck!

In short: STAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS!!!

Cons

Um, see "Pros", above. If those are the 'pros', then take a guess about the Cons.

STAY AWAY! DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS SOFTWARE!

Summary

Useless. Tries to install adware. Memory hog. Deceptive. STAY AWAY!

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1 stars

"Immediately Uninstalled after Installing"

January 17, 2014  |  By Azain_B_BRight

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

Will have to scratch my head for long to get mention some here .. dumboo

Cons

the installation process has made my system messy, too many things after installing it and i just am unable to find way out of it... CRAPWARE

Summary

You DO NOT CARE !!!

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1 stars

"DON'T DOWNLOAD. ITS CNET Malware Non Function Rubbish"

December 02, 2013  |  By skyblue_cnet

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

NIL. IT FORCED ME TO SIGN UP CNET TO WRITE THIS REVIEW!!!

Cons

It cheat you into installing many malwares, even if you carefully decline all, upon complete installation and launch, it will direct you to its Website asking for donation. Then it asked you to update new version, restart the entire Malwares installation to cheat you again. If you skillfully decline all malwares, it direct you to donation asking again. That is all you get, nothing else. The program won't run anything, its a dead one. Wasting all your time to install and uninstall.

Summary

A utter rubbish and malware that make CNET Download no longer trustable!!!

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1 stars

"MALWARE ALERT"

November 07, 2013  |  By mattg8179

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

Avoid - full of malware, as others have said.

Cons

Full of malware:
- Installed toolbars into all my browsers.
- Installed background update service.
- Installed backgroup backup service.
- Changed the home pages in all my browsers.

Summary

Keep away, just because of the malware. Have uninstalled and removed the other changes I could find, but not sure yet if I've found them all. And the software itself doesn't actually appear to be that useful.

Updated on Nov 7, 2013

Update to my review: I don't know if it contains viruses as others have stated - at least I've not noticed anything yet.

But the Malware was really hard to remove, especially from Internet Explorer (Firefox and Chrome were much easier). I didn't manage to do it manually, but downloaded a tool called AdwCleaner that did most of the job. I know, I know - downloading a second piece of free software to remove the effects of the first seems like a really bad idea, but my system does now appear to be clean.

Do use AdwCleaner with care though. It looks like a really powerful tool, and there were some reports of users finding it had deleted things they wanted to keep (I didn't though). I think the key is to let it make a report about what it's found and reviewing that before letting it loose.

Good luck,
MattG8179.

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5 stars

"Excellent utility for laptops"

October 07, 2013  |  By tencv1

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

Pros

this is a really good program that has helped me conserve a battery on its last legs. the settings are clear and easy to use.

Cons

there ARE several add-ons that the installer wants to install-- BUT if you are careful and click DECLINE or UNCHECK specific boxes, this will be a clean install of a very nifty useful program.

Summary

the people here who have given this 1 star only have themselves to blame. if you can read and take your time to look at each step in the install process, you will be rewarded. just remember to click DECLINE for each of a sequence of offers during the install....

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9.21
Version 0.9.21 is a bug fixing release.
General
Publisher Filipe Lourenso
Publisher web site http://batterycare.bkspot.com
Release Date February 20, 2015
Date Added February 20, 2015
Version 0.9.21
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Battery Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 1.47MB
File Name SetupBatteryCare.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 276,920
Downloads Last Week 939
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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