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Last Updated: July 17th, 2012

I've seen hundreds of battery widgets. Maybe more. Still, I've been using Circle Battery Widget for what seems like eons. It's installed on every device I own/have owned, and it ends up on every device that I test, too. Why? Because it's simple, customizable, and tells me what I want to know at a glance. Not only that, but I think the circular graph is an excellent way to output the remaining battery percent.

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Then, thanks to a tip from the developer of the app, Battery Widget? Reborn! (no, I'm not a big fan of the punctuation in the name of the app, but that's a moot point) fell into my lap and a new love was born. This is my new favorite battery widget, and with a veritable ton of options available in the Play Store, I don't say that lightly.

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So, what's special about it? Firstly, it adheres to the ICS guidelines, so it's super pretty. Classy, even. Aside from that, it offers a good amount of features and information, such as current battery voltage, temperature, time when last charge was completed, average long-term stats, and time remaining until battery is completely empty. It also includes a nifty little section to toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sync, or enable airplane mode to save battery life. And all of that information is fronted by a simple resizable circular widget, not unlike the one I mentioned in the opening paragraph.

That's not all, either; this widget is fully optimized for ICS tablets, and it even includes a second battery indicator (within the main app, not the widget itself I stand corrected: there are actually two widgets available, one for the tablet, and a second for the dock!) for the Transformer series to display the dock's battery status. And that's just pretty neat.

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If you would rather not clutter up your homescreen, you can nix the widget altogether and display battery stats as an ongoing notification (also optional). That's fully customizable, too; you can populate the notification widget with different information - like percentage, remaining time, completed time, voltage, and temp - displayed in three defined areas.

It takes a bit of time for the app to calculate the remaining battery time, so if it doesn't show up immediately, don't panic. It's working on it.

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While the app is still currently listed as "beta," it's quite polished and seemingly bug-free. That, combined with the fantastic price of free (for now, anyway - the final version will be a paid app), makes this a must-have widget for everyone who likes to keep track of their battery (read: everyone).

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/AthoraX athorax

    The widget is out of line in the home screen grid. Unusable. The status bar is nice though.

  • Jiří Vaňátko

    Nice, I'm using this app and i like it, and it is nice to see some app from my country on this web. :)

  • CJ Walker

    Agreed about circular battery widget. Never felt the need to have it on my prime, tho. But this looks to sweet to ignore.

  • mgamerz

    What is that wallpaper?

  • wickets

    Thanks! It looks very nice

  • D4niel

    Something driving me nuts about this (probably because I'm in the middle of some design work) is that the circular chart in the widget and app empties counterclockwise, but the notification goes clockwise. Pick one.

  • SebaKL

    After using UCCW, I'm hardly able to appreciate any widget. I don't think it gets better than having the ability to design and built your own. Mix it with Nova Launcher, overlapping widgets etc... just doesn't get more flexible than that.

  • smeddy

    Used to love this widget but ended up simply using the one built into Simi Clock on the basis that one widget was more battery efficient than two. But thanks for the tip! Trying it out again :-)

  • http://twitter.com/thepowerofscott Scott Nienhuis

    Is the battery percentage showing beside the indicator in the top right corner a feature of the app or is that built into Android for tablets? That's the only percentage indicator I'm looking for on my GNex

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    "Battery Notifier (Big Text)" has always been my go to.

  • CeluGeek

    I still prefer Circle Battery Widget. Its 2x1 widget allows for a properly-centered widget on my tablet. The Battery Widget Reborn always ends up lopsided. My only complaint about Circle Battery Widget is that the link to the Battery Usage stats only works on phones with Gingerbread or earlier -- it does not work on Honeycomb or ICS devices.

  • http://www.statsprofessor.org/ StatsProfessor

    Looks nice, I've been using circle battery widget for a while now.

  • Anon

    Sounds good:
    "We are working hard to finish Pro version. In meantime you can pre-order pro version and save.
    Features that are available in Pro version RIGHT NOW
    - support for secondary (dock) battery on Asus Transformer
    - support 1% increment support for Motorola phones
    Features that will be available in Pro version IN NEAR FUTURE:
    - advanced power saving features
    - advanced night mode (mute, selection of network interfaces to be turned off)
    We have more plans for additional features but we will keep them secret at the moment "

    • CJ Walker

      option to change the color scheme would be nice ...

  • http://twitter.com/rdlf2048 Rodolfo Ferreira

    Have you tried Battery Disc? Its User interface is intuitive, shows battery health, temperature and voltage straight from the notification bar (Of course, you have to tap on the icon, which displays how much battery left you got in a circular form), it also supports small and big widget sizes, is regularly updated...
    Nonetheless, could you please upload that background? It's awesome.

  • Jaxx89

    Nice. Appreciate getting good apps as a new android user.
    BTW which wallpaper is it in ur first screenshot? Mind sharing it please.

  • Guest__Comment

    Why doesn't this display the battery circle in green (good), yellow (weak), and red (low)?
    This is 1 of those apps that is far too busy adding all the "deluxe" features... and then forgets to add the simple red/yellow/green info.
    Duh.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Do you really need color coding to know when the battery is low? Is the numerical percentage really not enough?

      • Adam A

        Do you really need a widget to know when your battery is low? Isn't the built in battery icon enough?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          The point isn't to know when the battery is low, it's to have an exact measurement of the battery level instead of guessing based on a vague icon.

          • Manonymous

            there really isn't a point to insulting him because he wants a colour ring on his battery widgets, I myself prefer them with that option because I can quickly gauge at a glance my battery life and estimate how much longer I can stream youtube, or play Dungeon Defenders with my friends.

            You have no preference to having a changing colour state to your battery widgets (you may detest the idea, dunno, don't know you) this person obviously prefers it, doesn't make their critique of what they think is a vital part of a battery widget worth any less than yours.

        • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

          I totally agree with Cameron. The coloring is unnecessary and honestly, kind of tacky in my opinion if I'm going for a clean uniform feel. As far as the stock icon goes, a lot of people use replacement launchers to hide their notibar (which I do often), then replace things like the clock/battery/etc with on screen widgets. I'd say the only thing this is missing is the ability to change the ring to your color preference. Other than that, the numerical value is enough information for the state of your charge. I don't really need the ring to turn red to know I need to charge my phone at 15%.

  • Stormprobe

    I'd like to see a Battery Health information in this app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.bryer Lee Bryer

    Hmmm seems that the widget doesn't function or appear on the widgets list with the Gnex on Jellybean... either that or my phone is really starting to play up.

  • Mikey_H

    I use 'Battery Widget' https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=personal.jhjeong.app.batterylite&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwicGVyc29uYWwuamhqZW9uZy5hcHAuYmF0dGVyeWxpdGUiXQ.. looks the same and has basically the same functionality but the battery level will turn red if the battery is being raped by an app, can be quite handy.

  • Elias

    Why the fuck does it need internet access? Am I the only one actually concerned about giving internet permissions to apps which can control/monitor my phone, or am I just too paranoid?

    • Slopppy

      Q: Why application needs internet access
      A: There are two reasons why app needs internet access:
      crash reporting via Crittercism.comanonymous usage stats via Flurry.com.
      In final version both features could be disabled in settings.

    • Wam31

      Oh, no, you're not ! That's one of my main concerns.
      That's why I use LBE Security (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lbe.security.lite&hl=en) so that I'm the one deciding what permission an app has access to. Try it, you'll never uninstall it.
      As a bonus, I gained about 30-50% battery (blocking Internet Access to app that don't have anything to do there...)

  • mikeym0p

    *Uninstalls Circle Battery Widget*
    Thanks for this link! I was having trouble making CBW fit nice on my homescreen.

  • Will

    looks nice, but I'll stick with my Circles widget that came on my Atrix, combines date/time, weather and battery, only downside is it eats 2 rows of Icon space but.. it's nice.