Re: Battery Life
Russell Coker <email@example.com> writes:
> You may find that it goes from 40% to 1% in a matter of minutes as my
> Thinkpads do when their battery's are over a year old.
I've noticed my aging laptop (an 18-month-old Dell Latitude C600)
doing something similar: on battery, the reported charge drops pretty
steadily from 100% to 60% or so, then dives over the next few minutes
to 8%. But it usually runs for about another 20 minutes once it gets
there, hovering for 6-8 minutes at 4%.
> To get accurate battery estimates you need to monitor the life of
> the battery as it fully discharges. I think that the software on
> some handheld devices does this, but APM on Linux doesn't.
I run 'watch ibam -a' in an xterm; ibam seems to get a pretty good
idea of what the actual battery life is if you run it long enough.
David Maze firstname.lastname@example.org http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/
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