Sunday, November 20, 2011

Easy and Fully Configurable Laptop Battery Manager For Windows 7/Vista

We have previously covered power tools that allows you to keep a check on your laptop battery, among them so far our favorite has been Battery Bar. But now a new contender has arisen that aims to be totally flexible and fully configurable, and yes it also supports Aero Glass.

BattCursor is a free battery management tool that aims to replace the default Power functionality that comes in Windows 7 and Vista. Everything is customizable, from Cursor, Tray Symbol, and Colorization to Battery Tweaks, Power Profiles, and Notifications.

Unlike Windows, where the Advanced Power Settings is too complicated to use, BattCursor makes it easy to tweak everything from a single window. You can perform battery tweaks and create a custom power profile to suit your needs or you can simply customize the look and feel. The profile management section is quite impressive since it allows you to automatically change the power plan according to the battery. For example in my case, if the battery is above 70%, the profile would be High Performance, if battery is above 50% then Balanced, and so on.

When the battery reaches the warning level, your cursor will become yellow and so will your battery along with the superbar/taskbar and Windows Explorer. The same will happen when the battery reaches the critical level, in this case, everything will become red.

Note: This color change will only take place when Windows Aero Glass is enabled.

The screenshots taken above are from developer’s product webpage

These colors are just the default, but can be changed to anything of your liking. Not only this, but you can also set when to warn you and which percentage would mean the battery is critical, etc. Just like you can change the Power profile in Windows from the system tray, you can do the same with this tool. Simply right-click the system tray icon and go to Profiles.

There are tons of other features that you can explore. Even if you are comfortable with your current laptop battery power management, you should still give it a try since it drastically helps you in further reducing the power consumption. Since BattCursor has a less system memory footprint, it can also come handy if you are running Windows 7 on a Netbook.

It works with Windows 7 and Windows Vista, both 32 and 64-bit OS are supported. Enjoy!

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