KThinkBat is a laptop battery monitor for the KDE-Kicker. It is inspired by the Windows Application "Battery Maximizer" which is included with ThinkPads.
It can use the SMAPI BIOS (through the tp_smapi driver) or ACPI to collect the data. It shows you the current power consumption of the laptop and brings support for a second battery. It is fully customizable including sizes, color, fonts and battery number
Author: Tobias Roeser
Latest Version (2007-07-29): 0.2.8
Offline Mode: you see how much charge is left and the current discharging rate.
Online Mode: you see how much charge is left and the current charging rate. This screenshot is taken with the disabled "summarize batteries" option.
KThinkBat uses the autotools. For a standard installation use
./configure make su -c 'make install'
Alternatively, to minimize filesystem clutter you can install KThinkBat into /opt/kthinkbat and add just a few symlinks under /usr:
mkdir -p /opt/kthinkbat ./configure --prefix=/opt/kthinkbat make make install cd /usr/lib/kde3 ln -vfs ../../../opt/kthinkbat/lib/* ./ cd /usr/share/apps/kicker/applets ln -vfs ../../../../../opt/kthinkbat/share/apps/kicker/applets/kthinkbat.desktop ./
(The above paths are for Fedora 4 and 5, and may need to be adjusted for other distributions.)
If you already have the applet running, run
$ killall kicker; kicker to restart it.
KThinkBat is available through the Gentoo tree as app-laptop/kthinkbat. Use your favorite package manager to install it.
emerge -av kthinkbat
If you want to use the info provided by the tp_smapi module, enable the smapi USE flag.
KThinkBat is included into the community builds (see KDE/Community/openSUSE_Factory, [here] for example), though the version is quite outdated atm - 0.2.2. You can find newer versions on Guru's RPM Site, see RPMs for KThinkBat compiled for all SuSE versions back to 9.3.
deb http://debian.cp69.de/ unstable main non-free contrib deb-src http://debian.cp69.de/ unstable main non-free contrib deb http://debian.cp69.de/ testing main non-free contrib deb-src http://debian.cp69.de/ testing main non-free contrib
To get the repository key, do a:
wget http://debian.cp69.de/repo.asc -O - | sudo apt-key add -