All Windows laptops come with Li-ion or polymer batteries. Your laptop battery has a limited lifespan with a fixed number of charging cycles. As soon as your laptop battery runs out of charging cycles, you will notice abysmal battery life. You must replace your laptop battery or deal with the below-average battery life on your laptop. Instead, you can limit the battery charge to a certain percentage and improve your laptop battery’s lifespan. Here’s how you can limit the battery charge to a specific percentage in Windows 11.
Apple has already implemented the same via the Optimize Battery Charging option on iPhone and Mac. The system learns from your device usage and limits battery charge to 80% most of the time. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t made it straightforward to limit battery charge on Windows 11. You must rely on third-party apps or in-built support apps to limit the battery charge on your laptop. Let’s check our options.
Check Charging Cycles on Windows 11 Laptop
Before we show you how to limit the battery charge to a certain percentage in Windows 11, let’s check how many charging cycles are left on your laptop. We will use an HP laptop for the demonstration. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open the HP Support Assistant app on your laptop.
Step 2: Select the Battery menu.
Step 3: Run battery check from the following menu.
Step 4: Once the app completes running the test, select Show advanced information.
Step 5: Check cycle count.
Most premium Windows laptops have 1000 charging cycles. As you can see from the screenshot above, the HP laptop has already reached 500+ cycles. If you want to extend your laptop battery’s lifespan, you must limit the battery charge to 80%-90%.
Use Battery Limiter App
As the name suggests, Battery Limited is a free app to limit the battery charge on your laptop. Here’s how you can install and use the app.
Step 1: Download and install the Battery Limiter app from the official website.
Step 2: Open the Battery Limiter app on Windows 11.
Step 3: Select the up arrow in the taskbar and click Battery Limiter.
Step 4: Select Settings.
Step 5: You can change the theme and set the charge limit to the desired level.
By default, Battery Limiter is set at a 90% charge limit and a 60% low charge limit. You can stop it at 80% and improve battery lifespan.
Most Windows laptop OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have a built-in app to stop charging to a certain percentage. Let’s talk about popular Windows manufacturers.
Limit Battery Charge on an Asus Laptop
All Asus laptops come with the MyAsus app to make changes. Here’s how you can use it.
Step 1: Open the MyAsus app on your laptop.
Step 2: Go to the Customization tab.
Step 3: Under Power & Performance, select Battery Health Charging.
Step 4: Select a radio button beside Maximum Lifespan Mode.
The option will stop charging when power is above 60% and charge again when power is below 58%. It is useful when your Asus laptop is always connected to an AC adapter.
Limit Battery Charge on a Dell Laptop
Similar to HP Support Assistant and MyAsus, a Dell laptop has a built-in Dell Power Manager app to limit battery charge to a certain percentage. Go through the steps below to make changes.
Step 1: Visit Dell Power Manager Services and download the service package.
Step 2: Install Dell Power Manager utility from Microsoft Store.
Step 3: Open the app and select the Battery Information tab from the sidebar.
Step 4: Select Settings in the top right corner.
Step 5: Select the radio button beside Primarily AC Use.
Dell recommends it for users who primarily operate their system while plugged into an external power source. It will extend your battery’s lifespan by lowering the charge threshold. If you have Microsoft Surface or MSI laptops, look for a similar option in the company’s built-in app.
Keep Your Windows Laptop’s Battery Health in Check
A battery replacement on your laptop is costly to our environment and your wallet (it can cost up to $200). You can use the tricks above and limit the battery charge on your laptop to a preferred level. If you don’t see such an option in the default app, you can always use a third-party app like Battery Limiter to get the job done.