how long (many hours) will this notebook-laptop battery last?

some sensors/softwares report/calculate things like this…

5days on one charge is a very very optimistic estimate for most intel or amd based notebooks (even for RISC/ARM based notebooks-laptops that would be AWESOME, most phone batteries hardly last longer than 1 day)

so what to do?

  • charge up the batt to 100% (after 3 to 5h it should be full)
  • disable all “go into standby after x minutes”
  • pull the power chord
  • run this script and wait for the battery to go 0%

vim /home/user/scripts/


echo "=== test battery runtime v1 ===" 2>&1 | tee -a ~/Desktop/battery.runtime.log
echo "simply write every second a line to log ~/Desktop/battery.runtime.log"  2>&1 | tee -a ~/Desktop/battery.runtime.log

while true
   echo "battery running since $a sec..." 2>&1 | tee -a ~/Desktop/battery.runtime.log
   a=`expr $a + 1`
   sleep 1;

then after a reboot, inspect the log ~/Desktop/battery.runtime.log

holding the count of seconds / 60 = minutes / 60 = hours 🙂 dada the REAL battery runtime of that notebook/laptop

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