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BatteryCare

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 65 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.8.10
  • Total Downloads:
    294,137
  • Date Added:
    May 12, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.5MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    741
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Batteries are laptops' Achilles' heels. Many mobile users have been let down by their battery meters, too, which can misjudge or misrepresent how much charge is actually left in your battery. The shortcomings of the built-in Windows meter lead to free tools like BatteryCare. It's a simple utility that displays your laptop battery's status and capacity and the time remaining in its discharge cycle. It monitors and displays CPU and HDD temperatures, too.

BatteryCare has a small but attractive interface that offers a lot more information than the built-in Windows tool, or many other battery meters we've seen, for that matter, with tabs for Basic and Detailed Information; the latter includes entries for battery model, designed capacity, wear level, and more. A system tray icon lets users display and hide the interface and access not only the program's options but also Power Settings and Power Plans. Hovering the cursor over the icon called up a semitransparent window showing battery status and charge but also the temperature of our CPU and primary hard disk drive. BatteryCare has a lot of settings for a simple tool, especially in the Notifications section, which includes not only full, low, and critical battery level warnings but also a configurable remaining time warning and a unique option to configure a warning to replace the battery after a certain number of discharge cycles, which can head off trouble before it catches up to you "in the field." The Power Plans section included selections for running on batteries and plugged in to AC power, as well as an automatic option. The Advanced section showed usage statistics as well as an option of particular interest to Vista users: the ability to run at startup in Administrator mode, which enables temperature monitoring and service pausing even when the bothersome User Account Control is active.

If you rely on your laptop's batteries, we highly recommend a good battery meter like BatteryCare. Even if your laptop stays tethered to a wall wart, though, it can help you ensure that your battery is ready to go, when and if you need it.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Couldn't uninstall..."

August 20, 2011  |  By ktmartinez27

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.10

Pros

I didn't experience any.

Cons

It was supposedly open when I went to open it, even after restarting computer. Can not uninstall

Summary

When I downloaded the software, it installed successfully, but when I went to open it the first time it would say that it was already running. At first, I figured it was just a screw up that i caused, but even after restarting the computer it would not open or even uninstall for that matter. Frankly, it's annoying, and a product that should not be allowed for download, especially if this is happening to more than I.

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1 stars

"Installs OpenCandy Spyware - BUNK"

August 05, 2011  |  By eltrkbrd

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.10

Pros

After wasting my downloading this and searching for a simply utility to report battery health and wear level status, I found hwinfo (freeware and portable).

Cons

I don't install anything with opencandy! Bundled spyware FAIL.

Summary

Don't install this crap. I downloaded the portable version of HWiNFO freeware instead. It's simple, lightweight, and self-excutable (no installation necessary).

After clicking battery, it showed me all my battery information including health status with wear level indicator.

KISS!

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5 stars

"I only wish Windows onboard power manager was this cool"

July 26, 2011  |  By willgia

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.10

Pros

increased functionality for power management, system tray icon and it can be set to replace the normal Windows battery icon, free

Cons

Can't seem to get the program to recognize that I did a calibration per instructions provided.

Summary

I was really just looking for an option to automatically switch the power mode from Balanced to Power Saver when I disconnected the power cord on my laptop. This program gave me that and more. :D

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2 stars

"Good idea poorly implemented"

July 06, 2011  |  By desert4000

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.10

Pros

Good idea.

Cons

Calibration is impossible to demand and may never occur.
Software does not detect defective battery gauge.
Support is kind but illogical.

Summary

'Twas a waste of time for me.

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3 stars

"It's alright, could be better"

May 23, 2011  |  By x-pinkglass

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.10

Pros

Temperature stats is useful
Quick navigation for battery profiles

Cons

It gets very laggy and froze my computer once, for such a small program that's not very amusing

Summary

I would recommend this program, you just have to be very patient.

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1 stars

"Rubbish - won't close down on Windows shutdown"

May 16, 2011  |  By trevorwood

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.10

Pros

None that I can see

Cons

Just hangs when Windows shuts down, have to manually cancel it. I've also run through a full discharge/recharge cycle and it hasn't recorded it

Summary

Waste of time & space

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9.8.10
Version 0.9.8.10 has optimized start up time, up to 50%, reduced quick info popup display delay, and fixed minor translation issues.
General
Publisher Filipe Lourenso
Publisher web site http://batterycare.bkspot.com
Release Date May 12, 2011
Date Added May 12, 2011
Version 0.9.8.10
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Battery Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 1.5MB
File Name SetupBatteryCare.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 294,137
Downloads Last Week 741
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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