In an attempt to make the laptops and ultrabooks razor thin without compromising on power and performance, the laptop batteries along with other components have evolved.
The laptop batteries that used to last not more than 2-3 hours can now last up to 15 hours depending on the usage. While the size of the laptops has become smaller to fit in more in less space, the companies have found new ways to extract maximum juice from the small-sized laptop batteries.
Laptop manufacturers like Lenovo and Asus encourage the users to limit the battery charge threshold in case they keep the laptop connected to the power outlet all the time. This can help you in increasing the battery life cycle to an extent.
While some manufacturer includes built-in battery management software in their laptop, other manufacturer’s may prefer not to bloat the device with unnecessary software.
If your laptop did not come with a built-in battery charge limiting software, you can find a third-party software that stops battery charging irrespective of your laptop maker.
In this article, we take a look at the best software that stops battery charging and alerts the users when the battery is charged to a fixed threshold.
- Price – Free
Battery Limiter is a freeware Windows application that allows you to set the charging limit on your laptop. Unlike the built-in application that comes with Lenovo and Asus laptops, Battery Limiter sets off an alarm to inform the user when the battery charges or discharges to a certain limit.
The user can then manually unplug or plug the power cord to the laptop. While this may not be an ideal solution, it can still help you to limit the charging threshold on your laptop.
You can customize the battery limiter properties from the settings. You can set a custom alarm tune, set transparent UI, show low battery status and lock widget position on your screen.
Battery Limiter allows you to set the charge limit from 30% to 96%. When the charge threshold crosses the set mark, it will inform you by setting off an alarm.
In addition, the users can view current battery status and estimated battery life as well.
- Price – Free (only Lenovo laptops)
Lenovo Vantage is an in-house software application that allows the Lenovo laptops users to personalize their device with the custom setting. You can change power management options, customize Windows and other updates, perform hardware scan, check for system warranty and more.
Lenovo Vantage comes with a built-in power management feature. Here is how to access it.
- Launch Lenovo Vantage. Go to Hardware Settings > Power.
- Scroll down to Conservation Mode and enable “Conservation Mode”.
When the conservation mode is enabled, your laptop battery will only charge up to 60% and stop the battery from charging further. This is ideal for those who keep their laptop connected to AC most of the time.
Lenovo Vantage also has a Rapid Charge mode which recharges the laptop quicker than normal, but you cannot use Rapid Charge and Conservation mode simultaneously.
The only downside is that Lenovo Vantage cannot be used with non-Lenovo laptops and does not support non-Windows 10 devices as well.
Asus Battery Health Charging
- Price – Free
Asus Battery Health Charging is another exclusive feature that is limited to Asus users. The company has included a battery manager application that offers three profiles to maximize the battery performance on your Asus laptop. Full Capacity, Balanced Mode and Maximum Lifespan Mode.
In the Full Capacity Mode, the battery charges to 100%. In the Balanced Mode, the battery stops charging when the power is above 80%. In the Maximum Lifespan Mode, charging stops at 60% and charges again when the power is below 58%.
Do the following to access the Asus Battery Health Charging option.
- In the Cortana/Search bar type “Battery Health Charging” and open it.
- Select “Maximum Lifespan Mode” and click OK.
- You can also select Balanced Mode if you need to use your laptop on battery power for a longer period.
The batteries in your smartphone and laptop come with an average of 300 to 500 discharge/charge cycle. In addition, modern batteries don’t overcharge after reaching 100%; instead, the laptop will start running directly off the AC power.
Electronic devices like your smartphone and laptop use Lithium-ion batteries. While the technology is progressing at a faster pace thanks to the electric vehicles, Lithium-ion batteries are yet to reach its full potential.
The life cycle of a battery depends on the usage and heat management. Unlike your smartphone, the laptop batteries run out of juice a lot faster and also requires replacement after a year or two.
This is mostly the case with low-cost laptops or high-performance oriented devices like gaming laptops.
However, with the help of battery limiting software, you can certainly help the battery to last longer than your average laptop batteries that charge up to its full capacity all the time.
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