Battery life on a new Lenovo thinkpad is abnormally draining


Background: I acquired a new Lenovo laptop around 3 months ago. I first had arch linux installed and my battery life was lasting around 3-4 hours per full charge. A few weeks ago, my battery life started to drain extremely fast. I decided to switch over to garuda linux (wayfire) after being introduced to it by a friend. After installation, the battery contained to drain fast. My friend and I decided to let the laptop fully discharge and recharge because we thought it might have been a detection problem. After fully recharging, the laptop was back to normal (it was not discharging from 100%-0% in 10-20 mins). Auto-cpufreq is also installed on the laptop. I did a systems update using yay before making this post. I have been using my laptop mainly to access the web (firedragon and librewolf tabs are what I have open majority of the time).

The rapid discharge issue is back again and I am unsure of what to do! I have a suspicious from looking at the battery section of the system specs that it has something to do with the condition of the battery being 17.5/57.0 (4 days ago it was at 52.1/57; found this on my old post on firedragon). Is there a reason that my fairly new laptop has this condition? If so, is there a way to fix it?

Please help!

  Kernel: 6.4.12-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1 clocksource: tsc
    available: acpi_pm parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
    root=UUID=283dfbce-87cb-4447-a29e-1b934e80d358 rw rootflags=subvol=@ quiet quiet
    rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 loglevel=3 ibt=off
  Desktop: wayfire v: 0.7.5 info: waybar vt: 1 dm: greetd Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 21F60029US v: ThinkPad T14s Gen 4
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: LENOVO model: 21F60029US v: SDK0T76463 WIN serial: <superuser required> UEFI: LENOVO
    v: N3PET13W (1.04 ) date: 03/29/2023
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 17.4 Wh (99.4%) condition: 17.5/57.0 Wh (30.6%) power: 20.0 W volts: 15.1
    min: 15.4 model: Sunwoda 5B10W51876 type: Li-poly serial: <filter> status: charging cycles: 74
  Info: model: 13th Gen Intel Core i7-1355U bits: 64 type: MST AMCP arch: Raptor Lake level: v3
    note: check built: 2022+ process: Intel 7 (10nm) family: 6 model-id: 0xBA (186) stepping: 3
    microcode: 0x4119
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 10 mt: 2 tpc: 2 st: 8 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache: L1: 928 KiB
    desc: d-8x32 KiB, 2x48 KiB; i-2x32 KiB, 8x64 KiB L2: 6.5 MiB desc: 2x1.2 MiB, 2x2 MiB L3: 12 MiB
    desc: 1x12 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2200 high: 2600 min/max: 400/5000:3700 scaling: driver: intel_pstate
    governor: performance cores: 1: 943 2: 2600 3: 1066 4: 994 5: 2600 6: 2600 7: 2600 8: 2600
    9: 2600 10: 2600 11: 2600 12: 2600 bogomips: 62668
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Vulnerabilities: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel Raptor Lake-P [Iris Xe Graphics] vendor: Lenovo driver: i915 v: kernel
    arch: Gen-13 process: Intel 7 (10nm) built: 2022+ ports: active: eDP-1 empty: DP-1, DP-2, DP-3,
    DP-4, HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:a7a1 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: Luxvisions Innotech Integrated Camera driver: uvcvideo type: USB rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 3-4:3 chip-ID: 30c9:00ad class-ID: fe01
    serial: <filter>
  Display: wayland server: Xwayland v: 23.2.0 compositor: wayfire v: 0.7.5 driver: gpu: i915
    display-ID: 1
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: AU Optronics 0xf99b built: 2021 res: 1920x1200 dpi: 162 gamma: 1.2
    size: 301x188mm (11.85x7.4") diag: 355mm (14") ratio: 16:10 modes: 1920x1200
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 Mesa 23.1.7-arch1.1 renderer: Mesa Intel Graphics (RPL-U) direct-render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel Raptor Lake-P/U/H cAVS vendor: Lenovo driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl
    alternate: snd_hda_intel,snd_sof_pci_intel_tgl bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:51ca class-ID: 0403
  API: ALSA v: k6.4.12-zen1-1-zen status: kernel-api with: aoss type: oss-emulator tools: N/A
  Server-1: sndiod v: N/A status: off tools: aucat,midicat,sndioctl
  Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.79 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse status: active
    2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin 4: pw-jack type: plugin
    tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
  Device-1: Intel Raptor Lake PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 00:14.3
    chip-ID: 8086:51f1 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1
    bus-ID: 3-10:4 chip-ID: 8087:0033 class-ID: e001
  Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: <filter> bt-v: 5.3 lmp-v: 12 status:
    discoverable: no pairing: no class-ID: 7c010c
  Local Storage: total: 953.87 GiB used: 33.35 GiB (3.5%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Lenovo model: UMIS RPETJ1T24MKP2QDQ size: 953.87 GiB
    block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter>
    fw-rev: 1.2Q06A0 temp: 33.9 C scheme: GPT
  ID-1: / raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%) used: 33.35 GiB (3.5%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 2
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%) used: 576 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%) used: 33.35 GiB (3.5%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%) used: 33.35 GiB (3.5%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%) used: 33.35 GiB (3.5%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: no
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.29 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100 comp: zstd
    avail: lzo,lzo-rle,lz4,lz4hc,842 max-streams: 12 dev: /dev/zram0
  System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A
  Processes: 343 Uptime: 25m wakeups: 36591 Memory: total: 16 GiB note: est. available: 15.29 GiB
  used: 5.01 GiB (32.8%) Init: systemd v: 254 default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers:
  gcc: 13.2.1 Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 1345 libs: 402 tools: pamac,paru Client: shell wrapper
  v: 5.1.16-release inxi: 3.3.29
Garuda (2.6.16-1):
  System install date:     2023-09-03
  Last full system update: 2023-09-09
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut
  Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
  Failed units:            

I had a user with a battery drain issue on their Lenovo Thinkpad at work last week (they had a P16 I think). It had been getting steadily worse until they basically couldn’t use it unless it was plugged in. I opened it up, took out the battery and could see one of the four “cells” of the battery was visibly deformed. It felt a little “mushy” as well, where the other three were hard as a rock.

I took a few pictures and opened a support claim with Lenovo and they sent us a brand new battery the next day, no charge, no questions asked.

Even if nothing is visibly wrong with your battery, it is probably still worth reaching out to support.


Thank you so much for your reply! It seems like I will be reaching out to Lenovo very soon.

After the last few updates my system had started sitting hot and was draining my battery quite a bit faster. Not as bad as you admittedly. I too have auto-cpufreq in my system and following their README I added intel_pstate=disable as a kernel parameter and it seems the laptop has stopped getting so hot now. Apart from this I also run

sudo powertop --auto-tune

–auto-tune sets all tunable options to their GOOD setting

every startup, you can also make this command into a systemd service in case it actually helps you too

Though do check your battery as BluishHumility suggested.


A friend and I just took a look at the physical battery, doesn’t seem to have anything wrong with it (we didn’t unscrew it so something could have been wrong on the other side). Although I don’t have heat issues as of yet, I appreciate your power management tips :D. I will try out using powertop as per your suggestion!

I’m still curious if it’s something with linux not detecting my battery correctly though.

also check tlp. Both can operate in unison

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Update: battery’s condition hasn’t fallen drastically. It’s currently sitting at 17.3/57.0. Battery life at that capacity while only using the computer for web browser as expected (around 10Wh) pre full charge. I have contacted Lenovo support, seems like they want me to ship my laptop in for a repair. Hoping that I could get a battery and fix it myself instead. Still very confused how the laptop’s battery capacity fell that much in four days from web browsing.

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