How to check your laptop's battery health on Windows 10

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The battery is one of the most important components in any laptop, and if it starts to deteriorate, even the best Windows laptop will struggle to maintain a good battery life. It might even eventually shut down completely. As a result, it's important to check on your system's battery health every once in awhile so you can spot warning signs of a faulty battery early and get it replaced as soon as possible. Thankfully, it's easier than ever before to check your laptop's battery health thanks to a nifty Windows 10 feature.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll show you how you can check your laptop's battery health.

How to check your laptop's battery health

Here's how you can view your device's battery health on Windows 10:

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Select Windows PowerShell (Admin).Source: Windows Central

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PowerShell (Image credit: Windows Central)
  1. When the blue PowerShell window appears, type or paste powercfg /batteryreport /output "C:\battery-report.html" into it.
  2. Press Enter.
  3. PowerShell will generate a battery report and save it to your computer.
  4. To access it, type This PC into the Windows search bar.
  5. Left-click the This PC application that appears.Source: Windows Central

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Battery Report (Image credit: Windows Central)
  1. Under the "Devices and drives" header, click on the C drive.
  2. Find the battery-report.html file and click on it.

This will open up the battery report that the PowerShell program generated so you can read it. In this report, you can view the specs of your laptop's battery, every time it was recently used in the last three days, estimated average battery life based on previous battery drains, and other statistics. If the battery report shows signs of damage or deterioration, the report will notify you and recommend replacing the battery.

More Windows resources

If you've got a healthy battery but want to make sure it's giving you accurate battery life estimations, see our guide on how to recalibrate the battery in your Windows 10 laptop. Also, for more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

  • I used only Apple computers for 29 years. Dumped them for Windows 10. Tim Cook's Apple isn't Apple. But on this side of things I must point out how often Windows folks point out a feature -- blissfully unaware that it is actually a shortcoming. I thank Mr. Lowry for pointing out this way to find out your battery status. But shouldn't Windows simply offer this as a 'button' in Battery Settings? Click 'Check Battery Status' and a moment later in that window a report? Along these lines: what drives me CRAY CRAY is that every time Windows offers a cumulative or bigger update it should really -- AUTOMATICALLY -- run an SFC and a DISM in case the SFC fails. I have four PCs running smooth as whip cream because I remember to manually do this each and every update. One day Windows will get it. They'll get that you should program computers to compute. Not hide from users way to make their computers work better.
  • You are right. Since the commands exist to do these checks the OS should not obfuscate them from the user, but should rather present them as easily actionable as possible. They shouldn't always have to look for terminals and search forums to find/learn how to do these activities that can actually impact their use of the product long-term.
  • There are apps for this as well. For example: Pure Battery Analytics