How to Get Battery Report in Windows 10 to Monitor Battery Better

Last Updated: December 24, 2016

If you’ve used a Windows PC, you’d know that the platform does not necessarily share a lot of info on the battery of the device or its performance. This is a shame, considering there are times when you want to know how well the battery on your device is doing. Maybe you’ve just bought a shiny new Windows laptop and you want to know how well the battery is holding up. Sure, Windows shows you the estimated time remaining in the system tray but that’s about it. Thankfully, there is a way in Windows 10 to get details on the device’s battery. Here are the steps to get a detailed battery report in Windows 10:

1. First, you will have to open Command Prompt with administrator privileges. You can do so by right clicking on the Start menu and then, clicking on Command Prompt (Admin). When you open Command Prompt (Admin), the User Account Control prompt will pop up. Just click on “Ok”.

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2. In the Command Prompt window, paste the command powercfg /batteryreport /output “C:\battery_report.html”. Then, press Enter to run the command.

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3. When you run the command, you’ll get a message saying “Battery life report saved to C:\battery_report.html“. 

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4. Then, you can open Windows Explorer and open the C: drive on your system. Here, you will find the battery_report.html file. You can just open it in the Edge browser or Chrome to view your device’s battery report.

Battery Report Details

  • Installed Batteries

Once you open up the battery report, you will see various sections of information about the battery on your device. The first section tells you the device details like Computer Name, BIOS, OS Build etc. The next section brings you details on the installed batteries (if your device has more than one). Here, you will find details like Name, Manufacturer, Serial Number, Chemistry, Design Capacity, Full Charge Capacity and the Cycle Count, if available.

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  • Recent Usage

The next section is “Recent Usage”, which as the name suggests, brings you details on the the time when the battery was active or suspended, or when it was charged (marked by AC). It brings you the power states from the past three days.

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  • Battery Usage

The “Battery Usage” section of the battery report brings you a graph that shows you the battery drains over the last three days. This is handy if you want to see how well the battery on your device has been doing on different days. Along with the graph, you can also find details on the same below.

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  • Usage History and Battery Capacity History

The “Usage History” section shows you the usage of your device on both battery, as well as when you are charging it. The “Battery Capacity History” section brings you the details on the full charge capacity history of the battery. Both of these sections are useful if you want to see the health of the battery.

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  • Battery Life Estimates

The last section of the battery report dubbed “Battery Life Estimates” shows you the average estimates for your battery, based on the observed drains. This estimate gets better with use, so if you have just bought a Windows 10 laptop, this estimate might not be the most accurate.

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Well, as estimates and battery life details go, the battery report gets better at offering accurate info, after you’ve used your device for a few days or months. Either ways, it’s a great built-in tool in Windows and something that macOS lacks.

Note: This method to get battery report works on Windows 10, as well as older Windows iterations like Windows 8.1, 8 and 7. 

Battery Details in Windows 10 Settings

With Windows 10, Microsoft lets you check out more battery details than you’d normally get in the previous iterations of Windows. To check battery details, you can head to Windows Settings->System->Battery. Here, you will see the current battery percentage along with the estimate time remaining. You also get the options to choose when you want the Battery Saver to be turned on or you can even turn it on for now.

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There’s a link to battery saving tips and you can click on “Battery usage by app” to see which apps have been draining the battery most. You can click on one of the apps to see the “In use” and “Background” battery drain. Well, as you can see, Google Chrome is living up to its name of being a battery hog.

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SEE ALSO: How to Update All the Software on Your Windows PC Without Any Hassle

Monitor Battery on Windows 10 Using These Ways

Well, the battery report feature in Windows is certainly something we appreciate and with Windows 10, you can monitor the battery on your Windows device a lot better. So, that’s all when it comes to battery report and other battery details on Windows 10. If you have any doubts, do let us know in the comments section below.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The Battery usage section offers a graph that shows how your battery drained over time. Both this and the Recent usage section display data for the last three days only.

  2. the report shows current date, however, there is no current data. everything is from an old battery i tested over two months ago. Also does not show cycle count.
    this is for a battery purchased on Ebay as “new” with a design capacity of 56,000 but report shows a full charge capacity of 41,000. fully charges in about an hour and also fully discharges in about an hour. Have conditioned it through at least 8 cycles now. i suspect they have tried to pass off a used/dead battery as new.

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