I'm up to reinstall Arch on my laptop while I have a bit of a time and I've encountered an interesting question to ask.

Is there any way to check my laptop battery status without installing acpi package? (as I'm currently offline without charger and I can't get neither of them)

I thought that system should keep track of a battery level somehow. So is it possible to display that info in CLI?

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    Have a look at the files in /sys/class/power_supply/. May or may not work for your particular hardware.
    – dirkt
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 11:15

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The kernel provides this information through /sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/capacity

Simply cat this path to get the information (in percent of your batteries capacity):

cat /sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/capacity

For an live view you can combine cat with the command watch. The following command provides you an, updated, live status of your batteries capacity:

watch -n0 cat /sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/capacity

If your system has more then one battery, BAT0 under /sys/class/power_supply/ maybe BAT1, BAT2 or something different. Look at the devices under ls /sys/class/power_supply/ and cat their information.

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    I use Alpine Linux and in power_supply I have AC (Alternate Current) and CMB1 using my Laptop.CMB1/capacity shows 95. Thanks for the watch command, 0 is the seconds.
    – Timo
    Commented Nov 18, 2020 at 8:03

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