To access the Preferences window, right-click on BatteryBar and choose "Preferences..."
Enable status tooltip
- Checked: When you hover your mouse over BatteryBar, a Status Popup will appear until you move your mouse away.
- Unchecked: The Status Popup will never appear
Show time remaining on startup
- Checked: BatteryBar defaults to showing the time remaining
- Unchecked: BatteryBar defaults to showing the percentage remaining
While using BatteryBar you can toggle the display between percent and time remaining by clicking on it. However, each time you log into the computer, this setting determines which is shown first.
Alternate time remaining and percent
- Checked: Every 5 seconds, BatteryBar will switch between showing the percent remaining and the time remaining.
- Unchecked: BatteryBar not automatically switch between percent and time remaining.
There is not currently a way to change the time interval of 5 seconds.
Use statistical time estimation
- Checked: Time remaining is calculated based on historical usage data from your battery
- Unchecked: Time remaining is calculated based on the discharge rate :
Time Remaining (hours) = Current Capacity / (Dis)charge Rate
Clicking on the font name box will allow you to choose the font type, size, and style. The name and size of the selected font will be displayed in the box in the font type and size that was selected.
This is the default font that is used in the Default Theme or any themes that don't explicitly state the preferred font. Themes have the option of overriding the default font by specifying the font within the theme.xml file. In that case, this option will have no effect.
This option allows you to specify the decimal point precision in all percentage values.
For precisions 0 through 4, the value 88.8888 % would be formatted as
0: 89% /
1: 88.9% /
2: 88.89% /
3: 88.889% /
Low battery notifications
These options control if battery warning notifications are displayed and if warning sounds are played when the battery reaches low and critical levels.
Low and critical battery level are determined by two options,
- Show notification based on time or percent
- The options in the Warning Levels section
If Percent remaining is selected in the Show notification based on: section, then the percentage value under Low/critical battery level is used to determine when the battery reaches the low and critical levels.
If Time remaining is selected, then the low and critical battery levels are determined when the time remaining drops below Minutes remaining.
Show critical battery popup
- Checked: When the battery level reaches critical level (as described above), a notification popup will be shown indicating the percent and time remaining along with a warning message.
Show low battery popup
- Checked: When the battery level reaches low level, a notification popup will be shown indicating the percent and time remaining.
Enable low battery audio alerts
- Checked: When the battery reaches either a low or critical level, a sound will be played once.
BatteryBar uses the system default Low Battery Alarm and Critical Battery Alarm sounds as defined in the Sounds control panel.
To change the sounds, open the Windows Sounds control panel applet. Change the sound files associated with Critical Battery Alarm and Low Battery Alarm. The sounds must be standard
WAV files. MP3 or other compressed audio won't play.
Show notification based on time or percent
- Percent selected: The percent values for Low battery level and 'Critical battery level in the Warning Levels section will be used to determine when the battery has reached low and critical levels.
- The default setting is 30% for low and 15% for critical.
- Time selected: The values for Minutes remaining in the Low battery level and Critical battery level sections will be used to determine when the battery has reached low and critical levels.
- The default setting is 45 minutes for low and 20 minutes for critical.
Low battery level
The Low battery level section defines the triggers that cause the battery state to be reported as low. The percentage value is used when Show notification based on is set to Percent remaining. The Minutes remaining value is used when Time remaining is selected.
Use the percentage slider to change the percentage value of battery life remaining where battery is considered to be low.
Set the minutes remaining to the number of minutes remaining of battery life to determine when the battery is considered to be low.
Critical battery level
The Critical battery level section defines the triggers that cause the battery state to be reported as critical. The percentage value is used when Show notification based on is set to Percent remaining. The Minutes remaining value is used when Time remaining is selected.
Use the percentage slider to change the percentage value of battery life remaining where battery is considered to be critical.
Set the minutes remaining to the number of minutes remaining of battery life to determine when the battery is considered to be critical.
Soft minimum level
BatteryBar calculates time remaining on your battery to a value called Soft minimum level rather than 0%. Most computers are designed to force a shutdown or hibernate at a certain percentage of battery life remaining. Thus, the last few percent of your battery are never actually used.
Soft minimum level determines the percentage remaining of the battery at which point BatteryBar will report 0 minutes remaining. In other words, statistical time remaining calculates consider the Soft minimum level to be 0%. For example, if you battery is currently at 50% and your Soft minimum level is set to 10%, BatteryBar estimates how much time remains between 50% and 10%. Once the battery reaches 10%, BatteryBar will report 0 minutes remaining.
The Soft minimum level value can be adjusted to any value between 0% and the current value of Critical battery level.
The Theme dropdown box shows you all currently installed themes. Theme can be installed in the
Themes folder located in the original installation directory or in the
%APPDATA%\BatteryBar folder (for compatibility with Vista/7).
Changing the theme in the dropdown box will cause BatteryBar to display that theme. If the Cancel button is clicked, the theme will revert to what it was before.
Reset settings to default
This button will delete all currently stored preferences to their default values.
In versions prior to 3.1 build 60, this would also reset your licensing information. That is no longer the case.
Reset stored battery profiles
BatteryBar stores historical battery usage data for your batteries to calculated estimated time remaining. If you find that the estimated time remaining is not accurate, use this button to clear the data.
Check for updates
Click the Check for updates button to force a check for a newer version of BatteryBar.
Check for updates on startup
- Checked: When you log into your computer after starting up your computer, BatteryBar will check the Osiris Development servers for an update. If an update was found, an update notification box will appear with information about the update and a button to Install update or Read more.
The Install update button will download and launch the newest BatteryBar installation program. The Read more button will take you to a page describing the changes in the latest version.
No notification will be shown if there is a problem checking for updates or no update is found.
By default, Check for updates only checks for stable releases of BatteryBar.
Update to beta versions
- Checked: When checking for updates, BatteryBar will notify the user if a newer beta version is available. If so, an update notification will be shown. The beta notification is red, rather than blue, and clearly states that it is a beta version.
To manually check for beta versions, you must check this option and click the Save button to save the option, afterwhich a manual check will search for beta releases.