Some laptops (like the ones manufactured by Lenovo) come with a handy gadget that let’s you monitor the battery level in the Windows taskbar. Others (like the ones manufactured by Dell) do not.
Enter the free tool aptly called BatteryBar:
BatteryBar does everything that you need from a barebones battery monitor software, like:
- Showing the battery level
- Showing whether the battery is charging or discharging
- Showing the battery wear and tear
- Showing the approximately battery time remaining
The manufacturers of BatteryBar claim that they are able to accurately predict the battery time remaining because they save historical battery usage data. If you like the product and would like to support the developers, they even offer a paid version with support for fancy themes. Get BatteryBar free from here.