It is common knowledge that MacBook Air/Pro battery has a more prolonged life in comparison to most laptops. Still, nothing lasts forever. Over time, the number of charge cycles runs out, and eventually, the battery dies. Do you need to sustain your battery life for a limited period or a single charge? Are you looking for long-term solutions to ensure your Mac’s battery will last? Take a look at the roundup of 7 proven tips and hacks to extend the battery life on your Mac.
MacBook Pro/Air Battery Life Extension Tips
There are many ways to delay the moment of MacBook’s battery failure, and here are just a few:
1. Tweak Energy Saver Settings
The Energy Saver section in macOS Sierra and High Sierra has several options to help you prolong your MacBook’s battery life. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences -> Energy Saver. Go to the Battery section to specify when your Mac would switch into sleep mode. Moving the slider next to 'Turn display off after' will change the time for display to turn off. Select all options except for 'Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.'
2. Turn Off Geolocation
Specific Mac OS applications use the geo-positioning feature, which severely impacts the battery life. However, in most cases, it is unnecessary. To lift this burden off your Mac’s battery, turn off geolocation or disable it in specific applications. To be perfectly blunt, compared to iOS devices, disabling the geo-positioning functionality on MacBook Air/Pro may not be very effective. Still, even the insignificant power-saving effect might help to extend battery life for a short while. To tweak the geo-positioning settings, navigate to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> click the Privacy tab -> Location Services section.
3. Temperature Monitoring
Is your MacBook Pro/Air heating up big time? Overheating can be a bad sign because the operating temperature affects Mac’s performance and the battery life. Apple has specified the temperature range of -25ºC to + 45ºC (-13°F to 113°F) for laptops. In practice, using any of the MacBook models at a temperature below -10ºC or above + 35ºC (14°F to 95°F) is a bad idea. The room temperature of about 22ºC (72°F) is preferable.
4. Keep Track of CPU Resources Consumption
The CPU load impacts your Mac’s battery life, too. The more programs you’re running, the faster your battery discharges. Nick down: CPU-intensive applications like Chrome and Firefox consume resources intensively. Keeping plenty of web browser tabs at the same time runs the battery down extremely fast. To check the CPU resources, launch Activity Monitor and see the percentage used by each process. Switch to the Energy tab to locate the most CPU-intensive programs. Next, quit the unused apps to save battery energy.
5. Keep Your MacBook Clean
Applications running on your Mac create temporary and cache files to function properly. Instead of making your MacBook faster, caches consume the active memory and affect battery life. Specific caches remain even after you remove the application that had been using it. To prolong the battery life, purge your MacBook Pro/Air from junk and caches regularly. To make the cleaning process less time-consuming, use MacFly Pro to reclaim your Mac’s hard drive space and save its battery life.
MacFly Pro ships with Smart Assistant functionality that allows monitoring the state of your MacBook in the background. Also, MacFly Pro has an option of memory cleaning and RAM optimization to reduce the battery consumption.
MacBook Air & MacBook Pro Charging Tips
Did you know there is a possibility to keep track of your Mac’s charging cycles? When you turn your device on for the first time, make sure its battery has a full charge. Keep following your laptop’s battery charge cycles further on. Don’t keep the laptop plugged into the AC adapter after the battery is fully charged. Secondly, don’t plug your Mac to AC until the battery has 5-10% of charge.
6. Follow the Charge Cycles
To learn about your MacBook Pro/Air battery condition, press down the Alt (Option) key and click the battery icon at once. Or, select About This Mac in the Apple menu -> go to System Information -> look Hardware up in the left pane -> click Power.
In the right pane, you’ll see Health Information containing the Cycle Count and Condition information. Next, match the cycle count data to the limits specified by Apple to find out the life expectancy of your MacBook’s battery. The maximum cycle count of 2017 MacBook Air/Pro netbooks equals 1000.
What does the Condition information mean?
- Normal: the battery is functioning properly.
- Replace Soon: there’s a malfunction requiring a battery replacement. Warning signs: the battery keeps working fine, but keeps charge worse than before.
- Replace Now: there’s a serious malfunction threatening to cause laptop damage. Replace the battery to prevent the damage. Warning signs: the battery keeps working fine, but keeps charge worse than before.
- Service Battery: replace the battery right now. There is a risk of damaging the MacBook Air/Pro componentry. Warning signs: the battery is severely overheating.
7. Avoid Long-Term Downtime
If you’re not going to use your MacBook for over six months, its battery may suffer from the long-term downtime. Discharge the battery about halfway, and keep it like this before leaving your Mac inactive. It is not recommended to charge your laptop’s battery 100%. Also, turn it off instead of leaving it in a sleep mode to prevent complete discharge and possible data loss.
Taking care of your MacBook’s battery will help to maximize your user experience and prevent damaging the laptop’s componentry. Keeping track of charge cycles on a regular basis will allow you to find out when the battery needs replacement. It is possible to extend Mac’s battery life by tweaking the energy saving settings, aborting the unused apps, etc. Keeping your MacBook Air/Pro clean and healthy will greatly contribute to extending the battery life.