Get battery information

** Important APIs **

Learn how to get detailed battery information using APIs in the Windows.Devices.Power namespace. A battery report (BatteryReport) describes the charge, capacity, and status of a battery or aggregate of batteries. This topic demonstrates how your app can get battery reports and be notified of changes. Code examples are from the basic battery app that's listed at the end of this topic.

Get aggregate battery report

Some devices have more than one battery and it's not always obvious how each battery contributes to the overall energy capacity of the device. This is where the AggregateBattery class comes in. The aggregate battery represents all battery controllers connected to the device and can provide a single overall BatteryReport object.

Note  A Battery class actually corresponds to a battery controller. Depending on the device, sometimes the controller is attached to the physical battery and sometimes it's attached to the device enclosure. Thus, it's possible to create a battery object even when no batteries are present. Other times, the battery object may be null.

Once you have an aggregate battery object, call GetReport to get the corresponding BatteryReport.

private void RequestAggregateBatteryReport()
{
    // Create aggregate battery object
    var aggBattery = Battery.AggregateBattery;

    // Get report
    var report = aggBattery.GetReport();

    // Update UI
    AddReportUI(BatteryReportPanel, report, aggBattery.DeviceId);
}

Get individual battery reports

You can also create a BatteryReport object for individual batteries. Use GetDeviceSelector with the FindAllAsync method to obtain a collection of DeviceInformation objects that represent any battery controllers that are connected to the device. Then, using the Id property of the desired DeviceInformation object, create a corresponding Battery with the FromIdAsync method. Finally, call GetReport to get the individual battery report.

This example shows how to create a battery report for all batteries connected to the device.

async private void RequestIndividualBatteryReports()
{
    // Find batteries 
    var deviceInfo = await DeviceInformation.FindAllAsync(Battery.GetDeviceSelector());
    foreach(DeviceInformation device in deviceInfo)
    {
        try
        {
        // Create battery object
        var battery = await Battery.FromIdAsync(device.Id);

        // Get report
        var report = battery.GetReport();

        // Update UI
        AddReportUI(BatteryReportPanel, report, battery.DeviceId);
        }
        catch { /* Add error handling, as applicable */ }
    }
}

Access report details

The BatteryReport object provides a lot of battery information. For more info, see the API reference for its properties: Status (a BatteryStatus enumeration), ChargeRateInMilliwatts, DesignCapacityInMilliwattHours, FullChargeCapacityInMilliwattHours, and RemainingCapacityInMilliwattHours. This example shows some of the battery report properties used by the basic battery app, that's provided later in this topic.

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TextBlock txt3 = new TextBlock { Text = "Charge rate (mW): " + report.ChargeRateInMilliwatts.ToString() };
TextBlock txt4 = new TextBlock { Text = "Design energy capacity (mWh): " + report.DesignCapacityInMilliwattHours.ToString() };
TextBlock txt5 = new TextBlock { Text = "Fully-charged energy capacity (mWh): " + report.FullChargeCapacityInMilliwattHours.ToString() };
TextBlock txt6 = new TextBlock { Text = "Remaining energy capacity (mWh): " + report.RemainingCapacityInMilliwattHours.ToString() };
...
...

Request report updates

The Battery object triggers the ReportUpdated event when charge, capacity, or status of the battery changes. This typically happens immediately for status changes and periodically for all other changes. This example shows how to register for battery report updates.

...
Battery.AggregateBattery.ReportUpdated += AggregateBattery_ReportUpdated;
...

Handle report updates

When a battery update occurs, the ReportUpdated event passes the corresponding Battery object to the event handler method. However, this event handler is not called from the UI thread. You'll need to use the Dispatcher object to invoke any UI changes, as shown in this example.

async private void AggregateBattery_ReportUpdated(Battery sender, object args)
{
    if (reportRequested)
    {

        await Dispatcher.RunAsync(CoreDispatcherPriority.Normal, () =>
        {
            // Clear UI
            BatteryReportPanel.Children.Clear();


            if (AggregateButton.IsChecked == true)
            {
                // Request aggregate battery report
                RequestAggregateBatteryReport();
            }
            else
            {
                // Request individual battery report
                RequestIndividualBatteryReports();
            }
        });
    }
}

Example: basic battery app

Test out these APIs by building the following basic battery app in Microsoft Visual Studio. From the Visual Studio start page, click New Project, and then under the Visual C# > Windows > Universal templates, create a new app using the Blank App template.

Next, open the file MainPage.xaml and copy the following XML into this file (replacing its original contents).

<Page
    x:Class="App1.MainPage"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    xmlns:local="using:App1"
    xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
    xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
    mc:Ignorable="d">

    <StackPanel Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}" >
        <StackPanel VerticalAlignment="Center" Margin="15,30,0,0" >
            <RadioButton x:Name="AggregateButton" Content="Aggregate results" GroupName="Type" IsChecked="True" />
            <RadioButton x:Name="IndividualButton" Content="Individual results" GroupName="Type" IsChecked="False" />
        </StackPanel>
        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
        <Button x:Name="GetBatteryReportButton" 
                Content="Get battery report" 
                Margin="15,15,0,0" 
                Click="GetBatteryReport"/>
        </StackPanel>
        <StackPanel x:Name="BatteryReportPanel" Margin="15,15,0,0"/>
    </StackPanel>
</Page>

If your app isn't named App1, you'll need to replace the first part of the class name in the previous snippet with the namespace of your app. For example, if you created a project named BasicBatteryApp, you'd replace x:Class="App1.MainPage" with x:Class="BasicBatteryApp.MainPage". You should also replace xmlns:local="using:App1" with xmlns:local="using:BasicBatteryApp".

Next, open your project's MainPage.xaml.cs file and replace the existing code with the following.

using System;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Media;
using Windows.Devices.Enumeration;
using Windows.Devices.Power;
using Windows.UI.Core;

namespace App1
{
    public sealed partial class MainPage : Page
    {
        bool reportRequested = false;
        public MainPage()
        {
            this.InitializeComponent();
            Battery.AggregateBattery.ReportUpdated += AggregateBattery_ReportUpdated;
        }


        private void GetBatteryReport(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            // Clear UI
            BatteryReportPanel.Children.Clear();


            if (AggregateButton.IsChecked == true)
            {
                // Request aggregate battery report
                RequestAggregateBatteryReport();
            }
            else
            {
                // Request individual battery report
                RequestIndividualBatteryReports();
            }

            // Note request
            reportRequested = true;
        }

        private void RequestAggregateBatteryReport()
        {
            // Create aggregate battery object
            var aggBattery = Battery.AggregateBattery;

            // Get report
            var report = aggBattery.GetReport();

            // Update UI
            AddReportUI(BatteryReportPanel, report, aggBattery.DeviceId);
        }

        async private void RequestIndividualBatteryReports()
        {
            // Find batteries 
            var deviceInfo = await DeviceInformation.FindAllAsync(Battery.GetDeviceSelector());
            foreach(DeviceInformation device in deviceInfo)
            {
                try
                {
                // Create battery object
                var battery = await Battery.FromIdAsync(device.Id);

                // Get report
                var report = battery.GetReport();

                // Update UI
                AddReportUI(BatteryReportPanel, report, battery.DeviceId);
                }
                catch { /* Add error handling, as applicable */ }
            }
        }


        private void AddReportUI(StackPanel sp, BatteryReport report, string DeviceID)
        {
            // Create battery report UI
            TextBlock txt1 = new TextBlock { Text = "Device ID: " + DeviceID };
            txt1.FontSize = 15;
            txt1.Margin = new Thickness(0, 15, 0, 0);
            txt1.TextWrapping = TextWrapping.WrapWholeWords;

            TextBlock txt2 = new TextBlock { Text = "Battery status: " + report.Status.ToString() };
            txt2.FontStyle = Windows.UI.Text.FontStyle.Italic;
            txt2.Margin = new Thickness(0, 0, 0, 15);

            TextBlock txt3 = new TextBlock { Text = "Charge rate (mW): " + report.ChargeRateInMilliwatts.ToString() };
            TextBlock txt4 = new TextBlock { Text = "Design energy capacity (mWh): " + report.DesignCapacityInMilliwattHours.ToString() };
            TextBlock txt5 = new TextBlock { Text = "Fully-charged energy capacity (mWh): " + report.FullChargeCapacityInMilliwattHours.ToString() };
            TextBlock txt6 = new TextBlock { Text = "Remaining energy capacity (mWh): " + report.RemainingCapacityInMilliwattHours.ToString() };

            // Create energy capacity progress bar & labels
            TextBlock pbLabel = new TextBlock { Text = "Percent remaining energy capacity" };
            pbLabel.Margin = new Thickness(0,10, 0, 5);
            pbLabel.FontFamily = new FontFamily("Segoe UI");
            pbLabel.FontSize = 11;

            ProgressBar pb = new ProgressBar();
            pb.Margin = new Thickness(0, 5, 0, 0);
            pb.Width = 200;
            pb.Height = 10;
            pb.IsIndeterminate = false;
            pb.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Left;

            TextBlock pbPercent = new TextBlock();
            pbPercent.Margin = new Thickness(0, 5, 0, 10);
            pbPercent.FontFamily = new FontFamily("Segoe UI");
            pbLabel.FontSize = 11;

            // Disable progress bar if values are null
            if ((report.FullChargeCapacityInMilliwattHours == null)||
                (report.RemainingCapacityInMilliwattHours == null))
            {
                pb.IsEnabled = false;
                pbPercent.Text = "N/A";
            }
            else
            {
                pb.IsEnabled = true;
                pb.Maximum = Convert.ToDouble(report.FullChargeCapacityInMilliwattHours);
                pb.Value = Convert.ToDouble(report.RemainingCapacityInMilliwattHours);
                pbPercent.Text = ((pb.Value / pb.Maximum) * 100).ToString("F2") + "%";
            }

            // Add controls to stackpanel
            sp.Children.Add(txt1);
            sp.Children.Add(txt2);
            sp.Children.Add(txt3);
            sp.Children.Add(txt4);
            sp.Children.Add(txt5);
            sp.Children.Add(txt6);
            sp.Children.Add(pbLabel);
            sp.Children.Add(pb);
            sp.Children.Add(pbPercent);
        }

        async private void AggregateBattery_ReportUpdated(Battery sender, object args)
        {
            if (reportRequested)
            {

                await Dispatcher.RunAsync(CoreDispatcherPriority.Normal, () =>
                {
                    // Clear UI
                    BatteryReportPanel.Children.Clear();


                    if (AggregateButton.IsChecked == true)
                    {
                        // Request aggregate battery report
                        RequestAggregateBatteryReport();
                    }
                    else
                    {
                        // Request individual battery report
                        RequestIndividualBatteryReports();
                    }
                });
            }
        }
    }
}

If your app isn't named App1, you'll need to rename the namespace in the previous example with the name you gave your project. For example, if you created a project named BasicBatteryApp, you'd replace namespace App1 with namespace BasicBatteryApp.

Finally, to run this basic battery app: on the Debug menu, click Start Debugging to test the solution.

Tip  To receive numeric values from the BatteryReport object, debug your app on the Local Machine or an external Device (such as a Windows Phone). When debugging on a device emulator, the BatteryReport object returns null to the capacity and rate properties.