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getsystempowerstatusex (coredll)

coredll is for smart devices, not desktop Windows. Therefore, this information only applies to code using the .NET Compact Framework. To see if information for getsystempowerstatusex in other DLLs exists, click on Find References to the right.

Retrieves the power status of the system.

C# Signature:

static extern bool GetSystemPowerStatusEx(SYSTEM_POWER_STATUS_EX pStatus,
   bool fUpdate);

VB .NET Signature:

Declare Function GetSystemPowerStatusEx Lib "coredll.dll" _
   (<Out()> ByRef pStatus As SYSTEM_POWER_STATUS_EX, _
   ByVal fUpdate As Boolean) As Boolean

User-Defined Types:



pStatus must be a valid object as values will be passed back in this structure. As the pointer to the object is not changed do not use the ref/out keywords in C#. If you do, you will get the 0xc0000005 error on a Windows CE device. Removed improper use of ref keyword.

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Sample Code:

    public static byte GetBatteryLeftPercentage()

        GetSystemPowerStatusEx( powerStatus, true);
        return powerStatus.BackupBatteryLifePercent;

Complete VB.NET sample

    Private Declare Function GetSystemPowerStatusEx Lib "coredll.dll" (ByRef pStatus As SYSTEM_POWER_STATUS_EX, ByVal fUpdate As Boolean) As Boolean

    Private Structure SYSTEM_POWER_STATUS_EX
        Dim ACLineStatus As Byte
        Dim BatteryFlag As Byte
        Dim BatteryLifePercent As Byte
        Dim Reserved1 As Byte
        Dim BatteryLifeTime As Int32
        Dim BatteryFullLifeTime As Int32
        Dim Reserved2 As Byte
        Dim BatteryBackupFlag As Byte
        Dim BackupBatteryLifePercent As Byte
        Dim Reserved3 As Byte
        Dim BackupBatteryLifeTime As Int32
        Dim BackupBatteryFullLifeTime As Int32
    End Structure

    Public Function BatteryStrength() As Integer
        Dim battStatus As SYSTEM_POWER_STATUS_EX

        If GetSystemPowerStatusEx(battStatus, True) = True Then
            Return CInt(battStatus.BatteryLifePercent)
            Return 0
        End If
    End Function

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