Enable "Battery Limit" for Surface devices plugged in for extended periods

Applies to: SurfaceSurface Pro 4Surface Pro 3 More

Summary


Assume that your Surface device has to be plugged in for extended periods of time. For example, you are using a Surface Kiosk. In this scenario, it is important to adjust the battery charging for optimal performance.  

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To support Kiosk scenarios, the Surface firmware is getting updated to add a Kiosk mode. This mode allows configuration of battery limits through a Battery Limit setting.

Support for this feature is in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) settings. You can enable Battery Limit through UEFI or through Microsoft Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM).

The following bullets list the devices and firmware versions (some with needed updates) that support this feature:

  • Surface Pro 3 - September 10, 2018 update. UEFI version: 3.11.2550.0, EC version: 38.14.80.0 and later versions.
  • Surface 3
  • Surface Pro 4 - September 10, 2018 update. UEFI version: 108.2318.769.0, EC version: 103.2241.256.0 and later versions.
  • Surface Book - October 10, 2018 update. UEFI Version: 91.2327.769.0, EC Version 90.2226.256.0 and later versions.
  • Surface Laptop
  • Surface Pro Model 1796 and Surface Pro with Advanced LTE Model 1807
  • Surface Book 2
  • Surface Go - November 9, 2018 update. UEFI Version: 1.0.10.0 and later versions.

For more information, see Battery Limit settings.