When you first get your Windows 11 computer, one of the things you least worry about is the battery. Since the laptop is new, you know that the battery will not give you problems until way later on. But, to help your battery last longer, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on its health from day one. That way, if you see something that doesn’t seem right, you can catch it on time and fix it right away.
You can get a battery report from your Windows 11 computer to see how the battery is doing. Using the Command Prompt, you can get the information to see if your battery needs maintenance. Let’s see how you can get that battery report.
Use the Command Prompt to Get the Windows 11 Battery Information
To open the Command Prompt, you’ll need to type cmd in the search bar. You can also search for the Command Prompt in the Windows Start menu. Once it’s open, type the following command: powercfg /battery report.
You’re going to find the file as an HTML file on your C drive. You’ll need to go to C:\Users (username here)\battery-report.html. Please select the file to open it. Don’t worry. You’ll know you’ve opened the correct file because it’ll say Battery Report at the top.
Go to the Installed Battery section; it will be near the top. Compare the Design Capacity with the Full Charge Capacity. The Design Capacity is how much your battery was able to charge when you took it out of the box, and the Full charge is how much charge the battery can hold currently. If the Full Charge is lower than the Design Capacity, the battery’s health has deteriorated.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the cycle count. The cycle count is one complete battery drain, from 100 to zero percent. But a cycle can also count if you charge your battery 60 percent and charge it to 100 percent. That also counts as a cycle. The number of cycles for your battery will depend on the laptop you have, but on average, it should have about 500 cycles.
There is also a chance that you might not see the cycle account option. If this is what’s happening to you, then it could be because the drivers are not updated for your computer. Make sure that the chipset and battery drivers are updated.
The higher it is, the more it’ll damage your computer’s battery. Also, Windows 11 was designed to be more battery-efficient. This is definitely good news since that means more usage time for users.
You can do things to make the battery last longer, such as setting a percentage for the Windows 11 battery saver to turn on. You can do this by going to Settings > System > Power and battery.
Click on the drop-down menu and choose when you want the Battery Saver to turn on. But, if you still can’t shake off that feeling that an app could be the culprit, you can check to see what apps are using the most battery power. As long as you’re in Battery and Power, scroll a little further down, and under Battery Usage, you can see how much battery the apps use.
Under Battery Usage, you can see how much battery power was used in the past seven days or day. Then there is the Battery usage per app section. Here you can see how much battery each app used in the background or while you were using it. To the right, you’ll see a drop-down menu where you can sort the apps by overall usage, In use, background, and name. You can choose whichever option is easier for you.
If you use your laptop on its battery a lot, then saving battery power is essential. You may not always have an outlet to charge, so it can be annoying when an app is using too much battery. Also, checking the battery’s health is essential to always have the maximum amount of power possible. So when it’s time to get a new battery, you know. How often do you check your computer’s battery health? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.