System Utilities - BatteryStatus

Description: Monitors battery status and charge percentage. It displays colorful information to quickly notice your battery conditions.

The widget assumes different colors depending on the remaining charge of the battery. It is also aware of battery charging and plugged status.

A must-have for all those PowerBooks and iBooks out there!
Author: claudio
Version: 1.09
New in v1.09: - Added Remaining time visualization
- Cycle through visualization by clicking
- Less CPU usage
- Localized in 13 languages
- Several bugfixes
Uploaded on: July 8th 2005 at 4:04 AM
Rating: (3.57 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 4448 (all versions), 1938 (this version)
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Needs a remaining lifetime feature - to me this is more important than % remaining. Also, the text is in white on a light green background - this is difficult to read especially when the laptop brightness reduces when on battery.

Posted by: shunker on May 02, 05 (1:07 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Good one.

Posted by: bonAveo on May 02, 05 (4:27 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Slick graphics, but some of the them on this are out of place, like the info button for flipping it over. Also when flipped over the background image is cut off and the Done button collides with the "Show percentage" option.

Could definitely use some more features like showing time remaining and the like. With a little love this will be a great widget!

Posted by: timuruski on May 02, 05 (11:36 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

It is not a bad widget, but I get more information out of the battery icon in my menu bar - and I don't have to hit F12.

If it did something extra, something more than the built in battery status icon, it would be nice.


Posted by: ianai on May 03, 05 (9:47 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I'd use it, except on my 17" PowerBook, it's CONSTANTLY updating even when dashboard is closed, and causing the machine to run hot and the fan to go on, thereby causing it to reduce battery life because it's a huge hog.

Posted by: SupaPuerco on May 04, 05 (9:10 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I agree about the lifetime remaining, but most importantly: REDUCE THE CPU USAGE! smiley

Just checked activity monitor on my 12" 1.5GHz PBG4 and this widget was taking up nearly 8% of the CPU! Something definitely needs to be done here. Really, the status doesn't need to be checked every 1, 3, or 5 seconds at all. If anything, 5 seconds should be the smallest interval. I mean, what is 5 seconds worth of time when your battery is about to die? I would think 15, 45, 90, 120 second intervals would be more appropriate. Anyone else agree?

That alone should reduce the CPU usage. It seems a little contradictory to create a battery status monitor to see how long your battery life is when the monitor itself reduces the life by 8% smiley

Otherwise, great widget! I fully look forward to seeing how it develops. My criticism is out of love, you knowsmiley.

Posted by: bimmerphile on May 04, 05 (2:34 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I like this widget very much, but the CPU usage is extreme!

I have an iBook 12" G3 800MHz and this widget takes up to 20% of the CPU ...
I agree with bimmerphile about the status checking, also it shouldn't check when Dashboard is not active.
Until a new update, this widget can't stay on my Dashboard.

But I really hope you will get that fixed smiley

Posted by: ilena on May 09, 05 (4:58 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

What is MiniBatteryStatus doing with my computer's serial number???

Posted by: MikeC on May 26, 05 (4:59 AM) for version 1.09 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

How do i turn it green like in the picture?
And MiniBatteryStatus has my serial too!!

Posted by: IanTheMacFan on Jun 10, 05 (10:32 PM) for version 1.09 (current version)  

Things I like: nice 2-d look, changes to blue when charging, options to change update speed (I would even appreciate a "manual update" option for command-r to refresh on demand).

Things I still want:
More colors, slightly smaller option. Is there a way to speed it up a bit? I don't know if it's cpu use or what, but it takes time to load...

Over all, nice.

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Jul 29, 05 (2:37 PM) for version 1.09 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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