How to identify a failing laptop battery using Powercfg

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 April 2011 / Last Updated on 10 Feb. 2010]

Here's a tip how you can use the Powercfg in Windows 7 command to identify a laptop battery that might be failing.

Here's a tip how you can use the Powercfg in Windows 7 command to identify a laptop battery that might be failing. Simply run the following command in a command prompt window:

powercfg –energy

Doing this will generate a report that can help you identify any issues with regard to your computer's power management settings. Typical output will include a Battery section that might look something like this:

Battery:Battery Information

Battery ID 00860 2009/02/13Hewlett-PackardPrimary

Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard

Serial Number 00860 2009/02/13

Chemistry LIon

Long Term 1

Design Capacity 73440

Last Full Charge 53480

Look at the last two lines of this section of the command output. If the Last Full Charge value is significantly less than the Design Capacity value then your battery isn't holding enough of a charge anymore and may be starting to fail.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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