Better Battery Display for Laptops


You may remember a few days ago the Propellerhead Top Tip for prolonging the active lives of laptop batteries by maintaining at least 40 to 50% charge. In practice keeping tabs on a battery pack’s state of charge can be quite difficult. You have to ‘hover’ the mouse over the Windows battery meter in the System Tray, and the proprietary battery meters supplied with some laptops vary from quite good to awful.

This alternative battery meter, called Power Meter Plus takes all the guesswork out of it. The charge level is displayed as bargraph on the right or left side of the screen, and it gradually appears, as the charge drops, so it’s difficult to ignore.

When the battery is charging the meter gradually fades and disappears as the battery reaches full capacity. This is just one of the hundreds of great tips and tweaks you’ll find on the PCTopTips website

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