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Can I Use Task Scheduler to Monitor My Computer’s Battery?


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If you like to keep a close eye on your laptop’s battery charge level, then you may be looking for a built-in way to help monitor it while you are busy working. Is there one or do you need a custom solution? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a battery monitoring reader’s question.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader MiHa wants to know how to create a task in Task Scheduler for battery level changes on his laptop:

I need to create a task in Task Scheduler based on battery level changes. For example, say my laptop’s battery drops from 67 percent to 66 percent charge remaining. How can I run a task based on this event? Does Windows log this at all? I was unable to find information on this anywhere.

How do you create a task in Task Scheduler for battery level changes?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor DavidPostill has the answer for us:

I Need to Create a Task in Task Scheduler Based on Battery Level Changes

Windows does not log this kind of information/details as events. You can, however, use something like the batch file below and create a custom event.

Battery.cmd

This batch file monitors the current battery percentage charge and creates a user defined event if the charge drops below a user defined threshold value.

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Notes:

  • The eventcreate command works on Windows XP up to and including Windows 10. It requires administrator privileges to work.
  • Set _threshold as required.
  • If the battery falls below this value, an event with ID 999 will be generated in the APPLICATION event log with the description “Battery charge has dropped”.
  • Modify the eventcreate command as required for your situation.
  • Modify the timeout delay as required for your situation.

Example Output

My battery currently has a charge of 81 percent. I set the threshold to 82 percent. Here is what happens when I run Battery.cmd:

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And here is the new entry in the Event Log:

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EventCreate Syntax

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Further Reading

  • An A-Z Index of the Windows CMD Command Line – An excellent reference for all things Windows command line related.
  • eventcreate – Create a custom event in the Windows Event Viewer.
  • schtasks – Create or edit a scheduled job/task. The job can be created on a local or remote computer.
  • wmic – Windows Management Instrumentation Command.

Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

Image Credit: DavidPostill (SuperUser)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing “old school” role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .


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