Dell Command | PowerShell Provider Advanced Battery Charge feature

Dell Command | PowerShell Provider Advanced Battery Charge feature

Advanced Battery charge maximizes battery health while still supporting heavy use during the work day. Essentially what advanced battery charge feature does is that from "Beginning of Day" and lasting for "Work Period", ExpressCharge™ is used for accelerated battery charging. At all other times Standard Charge is used for maximum battery health. BIOS F2 presents this feature

It is clear that the user is provided fields "Beginning Of Day" and "Work Period" for each day of the week and there is a check box for Enabling/Disabling this feature for all the days of week. The user can set the time and set a work duration during which ExpressCharge™ would be used.

Dell Command PowerShell Provider(DCPP) has strived hard to adhere to provide this feature as close to F2 screen as possible. DCPP provides 2 atttributes through which the user can get and set advanced battery charge viz AdvancedBatteryChargeCfg and AdvancedBatteryChargeConfiguration. This is as shown in the screen shot below:

Figure 1: Advanced Battery Charge Configuration

AdvancedBatteryChargeCfg is a simple enumerated attribute which takes only values ‘Enabled’ and ‘Disabled’ to respectively enable or disable the advanced battery charging feature. An example to set this attribute is shown below:

Figure 2: Enable Peak Shift

AdvancedBatteryChargeConfiguration is a more complex attribute which provides an interface to the user similar to BIOS F2 through which user can get and set advanced battery charge data.

Dir AdvancedBatteryChargeConfiguration|select – ExpandProperty CurrentValue

To set data for a specified day of the week , the format of the command can be used provided along with a screen shot:

Set-item AdvancedBatteryChargeConfiguration Sunday – BeginningOfDay "13:45" –WorkPeriod "1:30"

The user has set advanced battery charge data for Sunday with beginning of day as "13:45" and work duration as "1:30". Please note the validation that minutes have to be in multiples of 15 i.e 0,15,30 and 45.

NOTE: If either system or admin password is set then it has to be provided with a –Password switch. An example is:

Set-item AdvancedBatteryChargeConfiguration Sunday – BeginningOfDay "13:45" –WorkPeriod "1:30" –Password mySysPassword

Article ID: SLN312121

Last Date Modified: 08/17/2018 10:11 AM

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