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Windows 7: How do I determine battery charge level in Win7?


28 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
How do I determine battery charge level in Win7?

Have a laptop with Windows 7 Pro installed. Is there a feature in this OS that lets me know my battery charge level when I using it? Thanks.


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28 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes, there should be something in power options, and you should be able to put the icon down in the lower right corner on the taskbar. Haven`t touched a laptop 4 a while, but I know it`s there.

Doesn`t it show something down there when it`s unplugged now ?
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28 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

What make and model laptop do you have? All laptops should have a battery life indicator in the taskbar, unless it doesn't recognize the driver.
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28 Jan 2013   #4

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Elevated command prompt, give command powercfg -energy.

This tutorial shows you how to use above mentioned command: Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report

Kari
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28 Jan 2013   #5
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It's in the Windows Mobility Center (type that in start search box), but as mentioned it also displays when you put your mouse on the battery icon in bottom-right System Tray.
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28 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm using a Dell Latitude D620. Don't really see an indicator in the task bar.
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29 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi jacatone,

You may also check 'battery health / charge' in 'Latitude D620' in two ways: Use the 'charge gauge' on the battery or use the 'Battery Meter' in the Dell 'QuickSet utilities'.

1. To check the battery charge, press and release the status button on the 'battery charge gauge' to illuminate the charge-level lights. (Refer to the reference image bow). Each light represents approximately 20 percent of the total battery charge. For example, if four lights are on, the battery has 80 percent of its charge remaining. If no lights appear, the battery has no charge.
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2. Alternatively, you may also check the 'Battery related information' in Dell 'Battery Health Meter' (BHM) application; that is part of the new Dell 'QuickSet Utilities'. As long as the 'QuickSet Utilities' are loaded and running, you may tap <FN+F3 > key combination to launch the 'Battery Health Meter application' from within Windows. (Refer to the image below)

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29 Jan 2013   #8
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If you're still running the bloated Dell factory preinstall then that would explain why Windows 7's battery icon is not showing in system tray, since the OEM has larded on a bunch of crapware that duplicates the much better versions built into Windows 7. I would do what most tech enthusiasts do to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

At the minimum I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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