Guide to Dell Command Power Manager


Guide to Dell Command Power Manager





The Dell Command Power Manager software provides simplified and efficient power management capabilities. On Dell laptops and tablets running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 operating system. It is supported on select Dell Latitude and Precision laptop PCs. See below for information about tool capabilities.


Key features:

To see current information about how to maximize your PC's battery life, please refer to the Dell Power Manager. You can find the guide on the following link:

Click the features below for detailed information:

Dell Command Power Manager provides detailed information about your PC’s battery, including:

  • Whether your system is plugged in or using battery power
  • Percentage of your system’s total battery power remaining
  • Peak Shift and Battery Extender status, if applicable
  • Battery Health
  • Battery Charge Status
  • Battery Settings
  • Battery type (Standard, Extended Warranty, or Enhanced)
  • Connection (Primary, Battery Slice, or Modular Bay)
  • Manufacturer
  • Dell battery (Yes or No)
  • Serial number
  • PPID (Piece Part ID)
    Note: PPID of the battery may not always display.

Dell Command | Power Manager

Note: On our systems with AMD CPUs, the Settings button on the Battery Information Tab will not be displayed. This is due to the AMI BIOS that is used with our AMD CPU systems.

Dell Command | Power Manager AMD

The Advanced Charge Tab is also absent in our AMD CPU systems. Again this is due to the AMI BIOS not providing the information for this feature.


Battery health

Battery health indicates the amount of charge that is available to a system. In general, a battery’s health decreases over time at a rate that depends on how often the battery is used and the conditions under which it is used.

Battery Health is indicated using the heart icon followed by a set of four circular icons. The number of circular icons that are filled indicates battery health.

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Note: Battery health information is available only if a Dell battery is attached to your PC.

(Table.1 Battery health indicator codes)

Code Description
80 to 100% battery charge status Excellent — Battery is operating at maximum capacity.
60 to 79% battery charge status Good — Battery can charge normally; however, you may notice reduced operating time because long-term battery life is decreasing.
40 to 59% battery charge status Fair — Battery can charge normally; however, it is near the end of its usable life. It is recommended that you purchase a new battery soon.
20 to 39% battery charge status Poor — Battery no longer provides sufficient power. It is recommended that you replace this battery.
0 to 19% battery charge status Battery no longer operates, or battery status cannot be determined. It is recommended that you replace the battery.

Battery charge status

You can view a battery’s charge status quickly by referring to the battery charge status indicator codes. They are displayed beside the battery number on the Battery Information screen.

Note: Battery charge status information is available only if a Dell battery is attached to your PC.

(Table.2 Battery charge status indicator)

Code Power Remaining
80 to 100% battery charge status 80-100 percent
60 to 79% battery charge status 60-79 percent
40 to 59% battery charge status 40-59 percent
20 to 39% battery charge status 20-39 percent
0 to 19% battery charge status 0-19 percent

Battery Settings

Dell Command Power Manager allows you to select a Battery Setting that is optimized for specific system usage patterns. For example, some settings focus on extending battery life, while others provide fast charge times. Available settings may be limited, depending on the battery. Possible battery settings include:

  • Standard - Fully charges the battery at a moderate rate. This setting provides a balanced approach to extending battery life while still providing a reasonably fast charging time. Recommended for users who frequently switch between battery and external power sources.
  • ExpressCharge™ - Quickly charges the battery using Dell fast-charge technology. Recommended for users who need the battery to charge quickly. If the system is powered off, then the battery typically charges to 80 percent within one hour and 100 percent in two hours. Charge time may be longer if the system is powered on.
  • Primarily AC Use - Extends battery life by lowering the charge threshold, so that the battery never charges to 100 percent capacity. Recommended for users who primarily operate the system while plugged into an external power source.
  • Adaptive - Automatically optimizes the battery settings, based on the user's typical patterns. Recommended for users who want to "set it and forget it."
  • Custom - User selects when the battery starts and stops charging. Recommended for advanced users.

Battery Settings in Dell Command | Power Manager

Advanced Charge is an optional feature that prolongs the usable life of a system’s batteries. It charges them to full capacity only once per day, prior to the Start of day you establish when you Enable Advanced Charge. For the remainder of the day, Advanced Charge keeps batteries in a lower charge state that is better for storage. This happens even when the system is plugged into a direct power source.

Note: If the hours assigned to Peak Shift and Advanced Charge overlap, then Peak Shift takes priority. Batteries will not charge during Peak Shift hours.

Enabling Advanced Charge

Advanced Charge is not enabled by default. When Advanced Charge is enabled, the feature applies to all batteries in the PC, and individual battery configuration is disabled.

  1. Click the Advanced Charge tab in the left pane.

  2. To enable Advanced Charge, click the Toggle at the top of the page to the On position.

    Battery Settings in Dell Command | Power Manager

  3. Click the toggle for each day of the week to enable or disable Advanced Charge for each day.

  4. To set the times of day when Advanced Charge is active and inactive, click Settings.

  5. In the Time Settings screen, click a day of the week. In the main portion of the page, you can use either the circular slider or the drop-down menus to set the time.

    Battery Settings in Dell Command | Power Manager

  6. Select the Copy the same settings to multiple days checkbox. In the left pane, select the days to which these settings apply.

  7. Click OK to save your settings, or click CANCEL to discard them.

Peak Shift is an optional feature that reduces power consumption by automatically switching the system to battery power during certain times of the day. This happens even if the system is plugged into a direct power source. After Peak Shift begins, the system will run on battery power until the combined charge level of all batteries reaches a minimum threshold. See Enabling Peak Shift for instructions on how to change these settings. Then, if the system is plugged in, it is powered by the direct power source; however, the battery will not charge until the Peak Shift ends.

Note: If the hours assigned to Peak Shift and Advanced Charge overlap, then Peak Shift takes priority. Batteries will not charge during Peak Shift hours.

Enabling Peak Shift

  1. Click the Peak Shift tab in the left pane.

  2. To enable Peak Shift, click the Toggle at the top of the page to the On position.

  3. To select the percentage at which the system will Restore AC power if available system charge falls below, move the slider. For example, selecting 15 percent causes the system to switch from battery to AC power during Peak Shift if the power remaining falls below 15 percent.

  4. To enable or disable Peak Shift for a specific day, click the toggle next to each day of the week.

  5. To set the time of day when Peak Shift is active, click Settings.

  6. On the Time Settings screen, click a day of the week. Using either the circular slider or the drop-down menus:

    1. To save your changes, click OK, or to discard them, click CANCEL.

    2. Set a time at which the system begins to operate only on AC power without charging the battery: Select the Operate on AC power without charging battery checkbox. Select the time that you want the system to start operating on AC power without charging the battery.

    3. End Peak Shift: Select the time that you want Peak Shift to end.

  7. Select Copy the same settings to multiple days. Then, in the left pane, select the days to which these settings apply.

  8. To save your changes, click OK, or to discard them, click CANCEL.

Dell Command Power Manager allows you to manage your system’s processor and cooling fan settings. So that you can manage performance, system surface temperature, and fan noise. Each option represents a different balance of these three elements. Choose the configuration that best suits the way you use your system.

Note: If your system does not support thermal settings, then the Thermal Management feature is not available.
Caution: If any of the fans in the PC fails, the Thermal Management feature is disabled.

(Table.3 Thermal Management Settings)

Setting Description
Optimized Balances performance, noise, and temperature.
Cool Cooling fan speed is raised to maintain a cooler system surface temperature. Your system may produce more noise and experience reduced performance.
Quiet Cooling fan and processor speeds are lowered to reduce fan noise. This configuration may also reduce system performance and raise system surface temperature.
Ultra performance Both processor and cooling fan speeds are increased to produce higher system performance. This configuration may also produce more noise and higher system surface temperature.

Changing Thermal Management Settings

To change the Thermal Management setting:

  1. Click the Thermal Management tab in the left pane.

  2. Click the radio button beside the Thermal Management setting you want to select.

Thermal Management in Dell Power Manager

Dell Command Power Manager's Battery Extender feature allows you to conserve battery charge.

  • Reduce CPU power level
  • Screen brightness level
  • Keyboard illumination level
  • Mute audio
Note: If your system does not support Reduce CPU Power (Quiet Thermal Setting), then the Battery Extender feature is not available.
Note: Battery Extender only reports setting changes that you make within the Battery Extender feature. Changes that you make within the BIOS and operating system settings that affect battery charge consumption are not reflected within Battery Extender.
Note: Battery Extender cannot be turned on when you have plugged the system into an electrical outlet.

Extending Battery Charge

Dell Command Power Manager's Battery Extender feature allows you to change the settings of some system functions that affect your system's battery consumption. To access Battery Extender:

  1. Click the Battery Extender tab in the left pane.

  2. Click the Settings button.

  3. Click the box beside the feature you want to affect. Where available, slide the slider or enter a percentage number to adjust the level of change you want to apply.

  4. Click OK to apply your changes, or click CANCEL to discard your changes.

  5. Click the toggle to the On position

To restore any settings you have changed using Battery Extender, click Restore Defaults.

The Alert Settings feature in Dell Command Power Manager allows you to restore the default alert settings. Dell Command Power Manager supports the following types of alerts:

  • Adapter Alerts
  • Battery Alerts
  • Docking Station Alerts
  • Other Alerts
  • Thermal Alerts

Restoring Alert Defaults

  1. Click the Alerts Settings tab in the left pane.

  2. Click the Restore Alert Settings button. This feature restores the display of an alert if you previously clicked the Do not display this message again.

    Dell Command | Power Manager

  3. A confirmation dialog window pops up displaying the message Are you sure you want to restore all alert settings?

  4. Click Yes to continue or Cancel to abort.

    Dell Command | Power Manager


Frequently asked questions

  1. Visit the Dell Command Power Manager driver details page.

  2. View the installation instructions

  3. Click Download File and save the installer file on your PC.

  4. Browse to the saved location and double-click the installer file.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

To uninstall the Dell Command Power Manager application:

  1. Right-click Start and select Apps and Features.

  2. You can see the list of applications and features available on the system.

  3. In the list, select Dell Command Power Manager, click Uninstall.



Article ID: SLN311131

Last Date Modified: 08/05/2020 04:37 AM

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