For laptop users, Windows offers a simple way to generate a battery report to check battery health. Here are the steps you should follow to get a battery report on Windows 10.
Every laptop has a battery built into it so that you can use it without the AC power. Depending on how long has it been since you bought the laptop, how hard you are pushing the laptop when running on battery, and how many charge cycles has the battery gone through, the battery backup time and the battery capacity will decrease over time. That is the reason why old laptops tend to discharge faster compared to new laptops or laptops with a new battery.
To extend the overall time span of the battery, it is important that you keep an eye on various things like the battery age, charge cycles, discharge rate, etc. These details will help you monitor the battery’s health and take the necessary steps when needed.
To give you all these details, Windows has a neat little tool that generates a battery health report. From this battery report you get details like the charge cycles, overall usage, discharge trends, etc.
In this simple guide, let me take you though the steps to generate Windows battery report and how to open the battery report on Windows 10.
Generate battery report on Windows 10
To get a full battery report, use the powercfg command as admin with /batteryreport flag. This command will generate the battery-report.html file in the C drive. Here’s how you can do it in simple steps.
1. Open the Command Prompt window as admin. To do that, open the Start menu, search for “CMD”, right-click on the Command Prompt option and select the “Run as administrator” option.
2. Type “powercfg /batteryreport” in the command window and press Enter. The command will generate the battery report almost instantly and saves it to the System32 folder in the C drive. You can see the actual save location in the command response line.
3. The battery report location is “C:\Windows\system32\battery-report.html”. Since the report is a simple HTML file, copy the location, paste it in the address bar, and press Enter.
4. As soon as you open the battery report in the browser, you can see all the battery information.
Find information in the battery report
As I said before, the Windows battery report gives you a lot of information. That includes but not limited to total charge cycles, designed capacity, actual full capacity, total run time, discharge trends, usage history, etc.
You will find the battery manufacturer, serial number, battery type, design capacity, full charge capacity, and charge cycles under the “Installed batteries” section.
To get the recent usage statistics, go to the “Recent usage” section. It will show the time, power source, remaining battery capacity, and current state (active or standby).
You can find the actual battery usage trend graph under the “Battery usage” section. The graph shows the actual battery drains over the last three days. The graph also comes with a table showing the percent of battery drain and the corresponding actual time.
In the last section, you will see the battery life estimates. Windows creates these estimates based on the battery drain trends.
That is all I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to show the battery icon on the taskbar.