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Battery Discharge Rate Warning

Is there really no laptop:battery section?
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Oh well, this wouldn't fit in that section anyway since it's a program and not a battery.

Wunderlist is a great app but the current version has a bug; if left running in the background it will start using up 100% of the CPU, draining my laptop's battery way too fast. The first thing that tips me off about this is that the laptop starts to get really hot, but by then 10% of my battery has already been drained. What I need is a simple program that flashes a warning on the screen when the rate of discharge passes a certain point. Why not just a CPU meter you ask? Well the battery warning would also be helpful to prevent unnecessary drain from other things, like if I accidentally left the screen brightness on full or have a USB device taking tons of power. I picture it like this: I get on an airplane for a 3 hour flight and take out my laptop. I start playing a flash video and a message pops up on the screen, "Warning: you are using X Watts. At this rate your battery will be dead in 2 hours. Suggest closing X program."

DIYMatt, Sep 09 2012

Joulemeter http://research.mic...65f794/default.aspx
Says it meters application energy [4and20, Sep 12 2012]


       Android smartphones and tablets have a free app available called '2X Battery' and another one called 'Gauge Battery Widget' (both of which I've used myself). They display the current charge percentage in the status bar, and if you pull down the status bar it displays the estimated time until the battery is drained. It also shows the estimated time til fully charged when plugged in.
21 Quest, Sep 09 2012

       Yes yes, plenty of battery meters exist. This one warns you if you are consuming more than X Watts.
DIYMatt, Sep 09 2012

       // the laptop starts to get really hot //   

       Your trousers catching fire is generally considered as a reasonable indicator of some sort of thermal management issue ...
8th of 7, Sep 09 2012

       I'd like a program which tracks battery usage on a program-by-program basis, but would a warning based on CPU usage be the same thing or at least the best one can do?
4and20, Sep 09 2012

       My computer has Norton anti-virus running, and it warns me whenever a program is hogging the CPU usage. Tells me what program it is and what percentage it's using. not sure if it shows the specific wattage... I'll delve into it a bit and see.
21 Quest, Sep 09 2012

       Try using a faster airplane. Tiger moths are notoriously slow.
Lesser Spotted Kiwi, Sep 10 2012


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