Tools to Measure and Improve Battery Life on Thinkpads in Linux

Here are some tools to start measuring and improving battery life in Linux.

Measuring Power Performance

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Working with Power Settings

Tool to help set optimal battery settings:

http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/docs/tlp-linux-advanced-power-management.html

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To summarize, install using apt-get:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw

Optionall for ThinkPad:

sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms acpi-call-tools

Start the Service:

sudo tlp start