If your Windows laptop displays the Wrong Battery Percentage, then this post is sure to help you fix the issue. For some users, the battery percentage is different when placing the mouse cursor on the battery icon in the system tray, and it shows a different battery percentage when clicking on the battery icon. For others, the battery percentage shows 100% while the charger is plugged in, but it shows a massive drop in the battery level after using it for some time.
Yet other users have reported that the battery percentage of their Windows 11/10 laptop does not decrease, and the laptop suddenly turns off. Thankfully, there are some handy solutions to fix this mismatched or incorrect battery percentage estimation issue.
Before proceeding with solutions, you should update Windows to the latest version if automatic updates are paused or turned off, and see if this helps. If not, use the options covered in this post.
Fix the Wrong Battery Percentage in Windows laptop
To fix the wrong battery percentage issue in a Windows 11/10 laptop, you can use the following solutions:
- Run the Power Troubleshooter
- Calibrate the laptop battery
- Re-enable Battery devices
- Re-install Battery device drivers
- Check if the laptop battery needs a replacement.
Let’s check all these solutions.
1] Run the Power Troubleshooter
This solution worked for some users and it can also be helpful to fix the wrong battery percentage problem for your Windows 11/10 laptop. You can use the Power troubleshooter of Windows 11/10 to find and fix problems related to power settings, extend battery life, etc.
To run the Power troubleshooter in Windows 11, open the Settings app, click Troubleshoot option (in the System category), select the Other troubleshooters’ option, and use the Run button available for Power troubleshooter.
If you are on Windows 10, then open the Update & Security category in the Settings app, select the Troubleshoot page, click on the Power option, and click on the Run the troubleshooter button.
Now the troubleshooter will check for various issues related to the power plan, display brightness setting, minimum processor state, wireless adapter setting optimized for power saving or not, etc., and then provide the fixes if issues are found.
2] Calibrate the laptop battery
This is one of the best options to use if the battery indicator is showing the wrong battery percentage and remaining time. Windows only estimates the battery remaining time depending on the laptop usage and assumes you will continue using it the same way. As the laptop usage changes, the estimation changes accordingly. Though this estimation is nearly accurate, if you see a sudden drop in the battery remaining time and percentage while using the laptop, then you can calibrate the laptop battery manually to let Windows estimates better and show battery percentage and remaining time accurately.
3] Re-enable Battery devices
This is another solution that has helped some users. If there is some issue with the installed battery devices, then also Windows may fail to display the correct battery percentage. To solve the issue, you need to re-enable the battery devices using the Device Manager. Here are the steps:
- Open the Device Manager on your Windows 11/10 laptop
- Expand the Batteries section. You will see the available battery devices. In my case, it shows a Microsoft AC Adapter device and a Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery device
- Right-click on a battery device
- Select the Disable device option
- Press the Yes button in the confirmation box
- Again, right-click on that device
- This time select the Enable device option to re-enable it
- Repeat these steps to re-enable the other battery devices.
Restart your Windows laptop, and your problem should be gone.
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4] Re-install Battery device drivers
If re-enabling the Battery devices doesn’t solve the issue, then re-installing the battery device drivers should come in handy. For that, use these steps:
- Launch the Device Manager window
- Double-click on the Batteries section to expand it
- Open the right-click menu for a battery device driver (say Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery)
- Click on the Uninstall device option
- In the Uninstall Device box, press the Uninstall button for the confirmation
- Follow the above steps to uninstall the other available battery device drivers
- Restart your laptop.
Now Windows will automatically install the battery drivers after the restart and the wrong battery percentage problem should be fixed.
5] Check if the laptop battery needs a replacement
The laptop battery performance and capacity decrease over a period of time. What you need to check is if the charge capacity is decreased a lot for your laptop battery; that could be the reason that the battery is draining faster than normal and is fully charged in a short period because of which the battery percentage and remaining time drop a lot in a few minutes or usage.
One of the best options to check battery charge capacity is generating the battery health report using the Power Efficiency Diagnostic Report Tool of Windows 11/10. To use this tool, run Command Prompt as administrator and execute the following command:
This will generate the battery health report in the C:\Windows\System32 folder with a battery-report.html name. Open that HTML file in a browser and you will see Battery DESIGN CAPACITY, FULL CHARGE CAPACITY, BATTERY CAPACITY HISTORY, etc.
If you see a massive drop in the FULL CHARGE CAPACITY to the DESIGN CAPACITY, then it is time to replace the battery.
Also read: Windows Laptop Battery Plugged In but Charging slowly or Not charging
How do I set my battery to 80% on Windows 11/10?
To set a battery charge limit (say 80%, 90%, etc.) on Windows 11/10, you can use the official Microsoft Store app for your laptop brand. Lenovo laptop users can install the Lenovo Vantage app, access the Battery Settings section, and use the STOP CHARGING AT drop-down menu to select a threshold. Similarly, for DELL users, there is a Dell Power Manager app, MyASUS app for ASUS laptop users, etc. HP users can access the BIOS settings, switch to the System Configuration tab, and use Battery Care Function to set the battery full charge limit.
Why is my battery life so bad in Windows 11/10?
If the laptop battery drains fast on Windows 11/10, then background apps, outdated or corrupt battery drivers, using a high-performance power plan, etc., could be the reasons for it. But you can fix battery drain issues in Windows PC with some easy solutions. You need to update battery drivers, check background apps and disable the unwanted items, switch to the balanced power plan, use the Battery Saver mode, use the Windows Sleep Study tool to find out what is draining the battery while in sleep mode, etc.
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