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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.
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:
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 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.
(Table.1 Battery health indicator codes)
|Excellent — Battery is operating at maximum capacity.|
|Good — Battery can charge normally; however, you may notice reduced operating time because long-term battery life is decreasing.|
|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.|
|Poor — Battery no longer provides sufficient power. It is recommended that you replace this battery.|
|Battery no longer operates, or battery status cannot be determined. It is recommended that you replace the battery.|
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.
(Table.2 Battery charge status indicator)
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:
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.
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.
Click the Advanced Charge tab in the left pane.
To enable Advanced Charge, click the Toggle at the top of the page to the On position.
Click the toggle for each day of the week to enable or disable Advanced Charge for each day.
To set the times of day when Advanced Charge is active and inactive, click Settings.
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.
Select the Copy the same settings to multiple days checkbox. In the left pane, select the days to which these settings apply.
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.
Click the Peak Shift tab in the left pane.
To enable Peak Shift, click the Toggle at the top of the page to the On position.
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.
To enable or disable Peak Shift for a specific day, click the toggle next to each day of the week.
To set the time of day when Peak Shift is active, click Settings.
On the Time Settings screen, click a day of the week. Using either the circular slider or the drop-down menus:
To save your changes, click OK, or to discard them, click CANCEL.
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.
End Peak Shift: Select the time that you want Peak Shift to end.
Select Copy the same settings to multiple days. Then, in the left pane, select the days to which these settings apply.
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.
(Table.3 Thermal Management Settings)
|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.|
To change the Thermal Management setting:
Click the Thermal Management tab in the left pane.
Click the radio button beside the Thermal Management setting you want to select.
Dell Command Power Manager's Battery Extender feature allows you to conserve 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:
Click the Battery Extender tab in the left pane.
Click the Settings button.
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.
Click OK to apply your changes, or click CANCEL to discard your changes.
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:
Click the Alerts Settings tab in the left pane.
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.
A confirmation dialog window pops up displaying the message Are you sure you want to restore all alert settings?
Click Yes to continue or Cancel to abort.
Visit the Dell Command Power Manager driver details page.
View the installation instructions
Click Download File and save the installer file on your PC.
Browse to the saved location and double-click the installer file.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
To uninstall the Dell Command Power Manager application:
Right-click Start and select Apps and Features.
You can see the list of applications and features available on the system.
In the list, select Dell Command Power Manager, click Uninstall.
16 Apr 2021