**Surface 3 Battery Settings - Time Remaining**

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  1. Troy Kerns

    Troy Kerns New Member

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    Hello -

    I apologize if this is addressed elsewhere but I could not find it.

    My director is testing a Surface 3 and he wants to know why he cannot change the battery display to show hours remaining rather than percentage. I cannot seem to find a clear cut answer anywhere! Can someone please explain why/why not? I believe you cannot due to connected stand-by but I really need to verify. If anyone has any sources of explanation that would be great!

    Also - were you able to do this on a Surface 2? I know you could on a 1.

    Thanks!
    Troy
     
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    This is a by product of the SP3 being a Connected Standby Machine, some use Battery Bar Pro to get this information. The SP3 typically will get between 6-9 hours of use depending on what the user is doing.
     
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    Excellent!

    I was asked to deploy this machine yesterday and I was not familiar with Windows 8.1 let alone the SP3!

    I may be on this forum a lot in the near future!
     
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    Welcome to the community....
     
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    I take not credit for this suggestion but a lot of folks in this forum have recommended installing this app. I'm using the free version:

    http://batterybarpro.com/
     
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    Does this app have any negative effect on the battery of the SP3 though? Like some similar battery meters on Android?
     
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    You can get the time estimates back by enabling Hyper-V. You'll lose connected standby, though (it will be replaced with hibernate).
     
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    I have been using it since I got my old SP2 with no effect on battery life. Sometimes it can be quite a bit off though at times saying as much as 21 hours remaining. Definitely a must install for the SP3.
     
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    Not that I've noticed. I'm getting amazing batter life lately. I'm getting over 8 hours now.
     
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    This is what fixed it for me. You will also gain the ability to set your own customer power profile for the SP3.
     
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    What power setting and screen brightness are you using?
     
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    Someone recommended 35% and I did that. But I totally forgot (until you asked) that I changed it to about 50% when I was sitting in my car yesterday and didn't even notice a decrease in battery life. So I think I'm going to stick with that. What I think really helped was the last firmware update from the 8th (I believe that was the date) and getting rid of Chrome. I do a lot of web surfing and sending IMs nothing too crazy. But I'm definitely getting 8 hours + of battery where as before I was getting around 6.

    Oh and I'm just on the standard balanced. Haven't changed a thing there.
     

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