How To Check Your Laptop Battery Health

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Is it time to change your laptop battery? This tutorial will show you how to check the health of your laptop battery and help you determine if now is the time to order a replacement. Laptop batteries can last a year to several years based on usage, and if you’re always on the go, you may be able to tell if you’re not getting the life out of your laptop battery the way you used to. You can get your laptop battery health by running a command at the command prompt.

Check Laptop Battery Health In Windows 10

You can easily check the health of your battery in Windows 10 by running a battery report. To generate the report, go to the Start button and type cmd into the dialog box and hit enter. This will bring you to the command line. Next, type in powercfg /batteryreport and hit enter. This report will be generated and outputted to your C:\>Users>Your Username folder as an html file which you can open in your web browser. This report will give you a lot of stats, but the one you want to pay the most attention to is the Design Capacity versus the Full Charge Capacity.

The Design Capacity is the original strength of the battery and the Full Change Capacity is performance you are currently getting. As the Full Charge Capacity number goes down, the less battery life you will get.

Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Battery

The way you use your computer can directly affect the lifespan of your laptop’s battery. Follow these tips on extending your battery life to get the most out of your investment. For example, you can turn off your Bluetooth and WiFi when not in use and turn down your screen’s brightness.

If you discover it’s time to replace your laptop’s battery, search for a replacement laptop battery here.

laptop battery type

To find a replacement laptop battery for your machine, the easiest way to do this is to remove the battery and check the serial number or type. In the above example, this Dell laptop takes a Type T54F3 battery.

2 thoughts on “How To Check Your Laptop Battery Health”

  1. Hi. Thanks much for the info and how to check the “health” of my laptop. I have had my laptop for about 8 years, so I began wondering how much longer it will last. I ran the battery report, and my design capacity is 4,400 mWh, and the full charge capacity is 2,491 mWh. Is it wise for me to purchase a replacement battery at this point, or should I think more about purchasing a new laptop. I am very happy with my Toshiba laptop, and I am having no problems with it, except that it does seem to get pretty hot quite often. Obviously I would like to continue using it as long as I can, but I also don’t want to get to a point where it stops working altogether. (Note: I do currently make copies of my most important documents, and save those to a flash drive.) Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give in this regard.

    1. Eight years for a laptop is remarkable. You would benefit a lot from upgrading to a new model, but if you’re happy with what you have, I’s hate to tell you to go and spend $800 + on a new machine. Heat can be caused by the battery and a buildup of dust that can be clogging the fan intake grills. You can probably buy a new laptop battery for less than $50, but I would start shopping around for a replacement in the near future and forego the battery.

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