BatteryCare

BatteryCare


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 58 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
0.9.13
File Size:
1.47MB
Date Added:
April 30, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
255,702
Downloads Last Week:
1,182
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 10
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 19
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
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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

    "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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  • 1 stars

    "Open candy is malware and virus"

    September 28, 2013   |   By obertscloud

    Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

    Pros

    there are no pros to this program, unless they remove the open candy malware then it would be a pro

    Cons

    This EULA states thy have right to install malware on your pc. Althought Open candy says it is not virus, it is malware, it takes over your computer for ads and starts processes in the background, I tested the program with 10 of the top virus and malware systems, all advise to block this, do not install, unless you want problems, you could make a system restore point, and drive image backup before you try it if you disregard this alert, that is the only way to get back to a safe system, complety formating your harddrive and reinstalling os and image of secure system.

    Summary

    I tested this on three dummy pc's all infected with viruses and malware after I installed..

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  • 1 stars

    "CNET Malware/Viruses"

    August 06, 2013   |   By maui92

    Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

    Pros

    None. At least my Eset Nod 32 catches the malware/virus each time I try to D/L software and quickly quarantines the the CNET crap!!

    Cons

    Clean up your act CNET! I will D/L at safer sites that don't promote malware/viruses!

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  • 5 stars

    "Fantastic software, surprised it has critics!"

    August 05, 2013   |   By akinlo

    Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

    Pros

    Does what it claims it can do: accurately measure battery level, notifies you when to calibrate battery for improved battery life, can be set to automatically switch between high performance (when you're plugged in) and power saver (when on battery power), this prolongs how long you can use your laptop without worrying about manually changing settings all the time!

    Cons

    Yet to find any! Who says it installs malware? it's your responsibility to reject offers to install toolbars during installation. Almost all software (including paid antivirus from big players!) bundle toolbar and other malwares into their products nowadays, just shine your eyes during every installation - the option to decline is ALWAYS provided and Battery Care is no exception.

    Summary

    After using on two different laptops for about a year now, I have no complaints, simply delighted such a quality product remains free!

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  • 1 stars

    "Sneak installs toolbar malware! Stay away!"

    July 19, 2013   |   By huntm856

    Version: BatteryCare 0.9.13

    Pros

    Seems ok but...

    Cons

    ...as I said, it sneak-installs a 'toolbar' at first launch. Immediately uninstalled it after I saw this.

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