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