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Windows Phone 8 Battery API

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The Battery API makes a nice addition to the WP8 SDK.

I can see in the near future that some applications will display the battery metrics on a Live Tile or in the application that hides the System Tray.

The Battery API is pretty easy to use:
1- Get the Battery instance with Battery.GetDefault().
2- Bind to the event RemainingChargePercentChanged.

The battery properties are:
- RemainingChargePercent: gets a value that indicates the percentage of the charge remaining on the phone’s battery.
- RemainingDischargeTime: gets a value that estimates how much time is left until the phone’s battery is fully discharged. 

With the following code:

using Windows.Phone.Devices.Power;

namespace BatteryApp
    public partial class MainPage
        private readonly Battery _battery;

        public MainPage()

            _battery = Battery.GetDefault();

            _battery.RemainingChargePercentChanged += OnRemainingChargePercentChanged;


        private void OnRemainingChargePercentChanged(object sender, object e)

        private void UpdateUI()
            textBlockRemainingCharge.Text = string.Format("{0} %", _battery.RemainingChargePercent);
            textBlockDischargeTime.Text = string.Format("{0} minutes", _battery.RemainingDischargeTime.TotalMinutes);


You get:


Please note that when running this on the emulator, it will show 100% and an infinite discharge time. The above values are fake.

Get ready to code!


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