Chromebooks are really good computers if you are looking for something to just browse your way around. In fact, we would go as far as to say, for a college student, whose only requirement is to log on to Facebook and chit chat on the web, there is no better machine than Chromebook. Thanks to their low cost, most of these Chromebooks make for a very affordable secondary or backup machines, that you can keep around, just in case your primary machine is not available or giving you trouble.
The only problem with keeping a backup machine is that it does not receive due care and, as a result, components like battery are likely to suffer if they do not receive proper care and are charged periodically. Thanks to the limitations of Chromebook, there is literally no way for you to find out the health of the battery on your machine which would indicate to you whether you need to go for a replacement anytime soon. While there is no direct way of doing this, there is an interesting workaround, that if you are willing to do, you would know the exact battery health of your Chromebook. Follow the steps below:
- First thing you need to do is to launch the Chrome Developer Shell in a new tab. To do so, you will need to press CTRL + ALT + T keys on your Chromebook.
- Once the Shell opens, you will need to type in the command: ‘battery_test 0’ without the single quotes and press the enter key.
- The moment you do this, you will see the stats pop up on your screen about the battery of your Chromebook, with details such as the remaining battery, the discharge rate and the health of the battery.
Since you have all the requisite data on hand, you can now take a call on whether you need to go ahead and replace the battery on your Chromebook or it can wait. This little trick can help you save a lot of tension and expenses as you would well be aware of the dying state of the battery and not be suddenly surprised one day, when your Chromebook just refuses to boot up without a charger. As a side note, if you see the battery health below 30%, know that it is time to replace the battery.