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Battery Life Service

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This tiny simple service effectively logs battery and AC use. Lacking an interface, Battery Life Service merely creates a text log of battery and AC use. Installation is simple, but may be unfamiliar for novice users. The app must be installed through a DOS command, and requires a system restart.

Battery Life Service tracks changes in battery life and when the system switches between AC and battery. The log file is easy to read into a spreadsheet app, but the program only lists date, time, battery life time, and battery life percentage. Users have no indication what apps or hardware pulling a load on the battery. Nevertheless, this app could help some users discover battery life trends.

Battery Life Service uses little overhead, and the text file is easy to access. Any user looking to track battery life should give this freeware app a test.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added July 16, 2007
Version 1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows XP

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,932
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Service application that monitors the battery/AC status using the power management API in Windows. Creates a log file and is written to when the OS returned status has changed for AC or Battery and for changes in battery life percentage. There are 2 files the first being the documentation with user license and the second file being the stand alone .exe. Currently it has been tested on Windows XP only but should work other versions. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.