I came across a little utility that I eventually installed on my Windows 7 laptop last night. It’s called BatteryBar, and it’s from this site. I saw it described on lifehacker. I didn’t think it would work properly on Windows 7 — but it does, it works well. I think I’ll keep it installed, as the standard icon you get in the system tray just isn’t that accurate, and doesn’t tell you that much information.
Previously when this laptop was running Windows XP it had a Lenovo / IBM utility that ran in the task bar area that showed battery life, but, since the laptop went to Vista, and now to Windows 7 I’ve been missing that visual clue of battery life.
Check out the utility – you just might like it too.