Everyone wants a good battery that will last for a long time, including you. While having a battery gives a laptop a significant advantage over a desktop computer, batteries do not have an unlimited lifespan. The good news is that Windows laptops allow you to get an in-depth report on the condition of your battery so you can better manage it and prolong its lifespan.
The detailed report will take the form of an HTML file saved onto your drive. It will contain everything you need to know about your battery, including battery usage data, capacity history, and life estimates. The question now is, how do you check battery health on Windows notebook? This piece contains the detailed process: read along!!!
How to check battery health on a Windows notebook
To check battery health on Windows notebook, you can use either Windows PowerShell or Windows Terminal. Below are the steps to use each of those methods:
Method 1: Use Powershell
1. Press Windows + S to open Windows Search.
2. Type Powershell and select Run as administrator under the Windows Powershell option.
3. The Powershell window will appear, type the command below into the window and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
4. PowerShell will then generate a battery report; it will be an HTML file. You will see the name of the generated battery life report and where it has been saved on your computer. The report path will be something like C: \Users\Your Name\battery-report.html.
5. You can proceed to close the Powershell window.
6. To access the file, go to the search bar and type This PC.
7. Click on This PC top result.
8. On the resulting page, you’ll see a header tagged devices and drives; click on the C drive
9. Tap on Users > Your Name, then find the battery-report html file and click on it to access it.
You will be able to access and read the battery report generated by the Powershell program. The report contains the specs of your laptop’s battery, every time it was used in the last 72 hours, the estimated average battery life based on previous battery drains, and other statistics. If the battery report shows your battery is damaged, you will be notified, and replacing the battery will be subsequently recommended to you.
Method 2: Use Windows Terminal (Admin)
1. Right-click on the Start menu.
2. Select Windows Terminal (Admin) to launch the program.
3. Make sure to choose Yes when the pop-up window asks for permission to make changes to your device. Windows Terminal will subsequently be opened; it’s an emulator that can run Powershell.
4. Type powercfg /batteryreport into the window and hit Enter.
5. A battery life report will be generated and saved to your PC.
6. Open File Explorer and click the C: drive > Users > Your Name, then look for the file, and you can double-click to open the file via your default browser. The battery report file will be an HTML file.
Method 3: Use Command Prompt
Another way to check battery health on Windows notebook is by using the Command Prompt.
1. Press Windows + S to open the Search Box and type the Command prompt
2. Under the top result, tap on the Run as Administrator option.
3. Hit Yes on the next prompt to open CMD.
4. On the command prompt window, type powercfg /batteryreport and press Enter.
5. The battery report that will be generated will be an HTML file. The file location will be shown in the Command Prompt window.
6. Now, open File Explorer, go to the folder where the report was saved as indicated in the Command Prompt, and double-click the battery report (HTML file) to open it in your web browser.
Everything you need to know about your battery usage and capacity is detailed in the report.
How to care for your laptop’s battery life
As you use your battery, you should avoid some conditions because they can damage your laptop’s battery life. Here are a few tips on how to take care of your battery:
Regulate your laptop temperature: Lithium-ion batteries don’t do so well under extremely high temperatures, and this can permanently lower the battery capacity of your laptop.
Make sure not to use your battery: Work might be hectic at times, and you might have to meet different deadlines but try as much as possible to ensure you don’t let your laptop battery go off every time. A deep discharge with a full recharge puts strain on your battery.
Keep your laptop in a ventilated area: If you’re not making use of your laptop, you should keep it in a cool, ventilated area. Avoid putting it near anything remotely hot. It’s for the good of your laptop and the battery.
The health of your battery is important to the health of your Windows notebook. Checking the state of your battery, as outlined above, is straightforward. Checking through all the details provided in the battery report will ultimately guide you on how good your battery is. You don’t have to wait till you see obvious signs that your laptop’s battery is damaged; you should run a battery health check regularly, just like the way you comb your PC for viruses via your Antivirus software.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a laptop battery last?
Laptop batteries, on average, last for about 2 to 4 years, which roughly amounts to about 1,000 charges. However, other factors could determine how long a battery will last
- The material the laptop battery is made from
The best laptop batteries are made from lithium. This means any other battery might have a shorter lifespan
- How much you use the laptop
The more you use your battery, the lesser your battery’s life span. If an average laptop has 1000 charges in it, each time you charge your laptop, the hours are counting.
Can you overcharge your battery?
You can’t overcharge your battery. When the battery hits 100%, and your charger remains plugged in, the charger will stop charging your laptop. The laptop will basically run directly off the power cable. So, when the battery discharges a bit, the charger will charge the battery again till it’s at 100%.