BatteryCare

BatteryCare

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 59 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.8.11
  • Total Downloads:
    237,029
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 21, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.47MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,088
  • 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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5 stars

"Ideal app if you want to care your laptop's battery"

November 30, 2011  |  By juanpall

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.11

Pros

It has a counter which allow you to establish how often a calibration process has to be done. it could be each 20, 25, 30 or 40 discharge cycles, you just have to set ir.

Cons

I haven't found any cons... I've just downloaded it 1 hour ago

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5 stars

"Results really surprised me!"

August 29, 2011  |  By hector3918

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.11

Pros

Easy to use and understand.

Cons

Wise move to read how to improve life of battery to get most out of app

Summary

Great product. Fried my last battery don't plan on doing it again

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3 stars

"Good tool. Helps to know estimated time left"

August 29, 2011  |  By grimble65

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.11

Pros

Easy to use and set options.

Cons

Using UAC bypass causes error message to appear occasionally when multiple users are logged on.

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2 stars

"Don't like want to remove."

August 28, 2011  |  By spectre112

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.11

Pros

None that I can find.

Cons

no controle program runs its self cannot turn off or on. Will sht down program while loading cannot extend time or anything Else.

Summary

If I could turn it off I would uninstall it but since I cannot turn it off I am
Stuck with it

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4 stars

"Good for tracking battery, Bad for start-up time"

August 23, 2011  |  By Delta_5-1

 |  Version: BatteryCare 0.9.8.11

Pros

Displays percent and estimated time left in actual numbers on the taskbar, Calibration is useful (you have to manually tell it that you've calibrated it, which some on here didn't realize), and helps you track the wear on your battery.

Cons

doubled or tripled my start-up time. Runs a little high on processor use. Calibration results depress me by telling me that I'm going to need a new battery soon (ignorance is bliss).

Summary

It is much better than the stock monitoring programs, but it could be better than it is, especially in terms of how it affects startup time. I was getting a little fed up with how long it was taking to startup, so I uninstalled it, only to realize a few days later how much i missed it. So like that old girlfriend that you tried to dump, but found you couldn't live with out, I took BatteryCare back into my software fold.

I would recommend trying it, and seeing if the startup time is worth the usefulness. It was to me.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9.8.11
Version 0.9.8.11 has fixed a critical bug which caused a crash when shutting down the program with Windows XP and improved tutorial on how to perform a battery calibration, available on the website.
General
Publisher Filipe Lourenso
Publisher web site http://batterycare.bkspot.com
Release Date August 21, 2011
Date Added August 21, 2011
Version 0.9.8.11
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Battery Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 1.47MB
File Name SetupBatteryCare.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 237,029
Downloads Last Week 1,088
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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