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HP Business Notebook PCs - HP Battery Health Manager

This document is for select HP business notebook PCs.
HP Battery Health Manager is a BIOS-level setting available in most HP business notebooks that is designed to help optimize battery life by mitigating the exposure of the notebook battery to key factors, such as high state-of-charge, that can accelerate battery swelling and chemical aging over time.
To learn more about the benefits of lithium-ion batteries, how they chemically age, and the factors that can accelerate battery swelling, go to HP Notebook PCs - Lithium-Ion Batteries.
To learn more about battery swelling and what to do if your battery is showing signs of swelling, go to HP Notebook PCs - Swelling or Deformation of Notebook Battery.

Installing HP Battery Health Manager

HP Battery Health Manager is available on all HP business notebooks from 2016 to today. If HP Battery Health Manager is not available in your computer BIOS (F10 > Advanced > Power Management Options), then you will need to update your BIOS to the minimum requirement for your device. To identify the minimum BIOS version that contains HP Battery Health Manager, go to HP Introduces HP Battery Health Manager.

Selecting the optimal setting

HP recommends that customers enable HP Battery Health Manager to either Let HP Manage My Battery Charging or Maximize My Battery Health based on usage and/or the age of the notebook.

Let HP manage my battery charging

This setting dynamically changes how the system charges the battery based upon usage conditions and temperature over time. This setting:
  • Is ideal in mixed-use environments where the notebook is regularly removed from AC power and the battery is allowed to discharge.
  • Takes the guesswork out of the process for your organization.
  • Should be used on all notebooks that are less than a year old.

Maximize my battery health

This setting limits the maximum state-of-charge on the notebook battery to 80%, which has been proven to optimize battery health and helps mitigate battery swelling due to high state-of-charge. This setting:
  • Is ideal in environments where the notebooks are continually plugged into AC power and seldom removed and allowed to discharge (including remote office environments).
  • Should be used on notebooks that are one-year old or older (older systems may have been exposed to accelerating factors such as high state-of-charge over time).

Changing HP Battery Health Manager settings

Customers with HP Battery Health Manager in their BIOS can update their Battery Health Manager settings manually or by using Microsoft or HP Client Manageability Tools. It is important that customers proactively enable the recommended settings in the HP Battery Health Manager based upon the usage and the age of the notebooks in their install base.

Accessing the Battery Health Manager settings in the BIOS

The HP Battery Health Manager settings are located in the BIOS and can be accessed by pressing F10 during startup.
The order and description of the settings might change depending on the model and the BIOS version you have on your system.
  1. Turn off the computer, and then connect the power cord if it is not already connected.
  2. Turn on the computer, and then repeatedly press the F10 key to open the BIOS Setup Utility.
  3. Using the arrow keys, select Advanced, and then select Power Management Options.
  4. Click the Battery Health Manager drop-down menu to review the setting options and then select the appropriate setting.

Changing settings automatically using a manageability tool or dashboard

Organizations can manage and set HP Battery Health Manager across their installed base using a wide range of manageability tools. HP has developed a whitepaper that provides detailed information and sample scripts on how to change HP Battery Health Manager settings using popular manageability tools and dashboards. Go to Enabling Battery Health Manager in Your Environment or Improving Battery Health with Battery Health Manager (in English) for more information.

Mitigating battery swelling in a remote workforce

Companies are quickly moving to restructure their organizations to allow knowledge workers and other key employees to work remotely. An estimated 33% of remote workers leave their work notebook constantly plugged into AC power, which can keep the battery in a consistent high state-of-charge. With the number of remote workers increasing, HP recommends companies use the HP Battery Health Manager to improve battery health and performance in an always-plugged-in environment. Go to Improving Battery Health with Battery Health Manager (in English) for more information.






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