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How to Monitor Mac Battery Health?


Owners of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro should pay close attention to their laptop’s battery health. Keeping track of the notebook battery cycles is crucial for knowing when to replace it. In the event your Mac’s battery rapidly discharges, or your laptop refuses to work without a power source, it’s time to get alerted. Because of multiple recharge cycles, laptop batteries gradually lose their operating capacity. macOS Sierra constantly monitors the battery condition to help users evaluate their laptop’s battery health.

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MacBook Battery Condition: What is a Charge Cycle?

The manufacturer sets the limit on Mac’s battery life span. The more intense battery use is, the faster it wears out. Users should monitor the battery status and serviceability, or they risk to end up with a non-working laptop. One charge cycle equals spending all of the battery’s power. However, this doesn’t equal one full battery charge.

Using a half of the charge then completely recharging the battery wouldn’t equal a single charge cycle. In fact, it may take a few days to complete a cycle. For example, if you use 25% of your battery power then charge it to 100% four times, it will equal one battery cycle (25+25+25+25=100).

How to View MacBook Pro or MacBook Air Battery Condition?

To assess your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air battery condition, hold down the Alt (Option) key and click the battery icon in the menu bar. Alternatively, in the Apple menu, go to About This Mac -> System Information, then access the Hardware section in the left pane -> select Power.

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In the right pane, you will find Health Information, which includes Cycle Count and Condition.

Compare the cycle count in System Information to the manufacturer’s limits to learn the life expectancy of your laptop’s battery. For instance, the maximum cycle count of MacBook Air computers manufactured between late 2010-2017 equals 1000.

There are four battery condition indicators:

  • Normal means the battery is functioning properly.
  • Replace Soon indicates there is a malfunction, which requires a battery replacement soon. At the same time, the battery may work fine, but keep the charge less than before.
  • Replace Now indicates there is a serious malfunction threatening to damage your laptop. The battery requires replacement to prevent the damage. At the same time, it may function well but keep the charge a lot worse than before.
  • Service Battery means you have to replace the battery immediately. There is a possibility of the battery overheating which may result in damage to other componentry of your MacBook.

Check Battery Health on Mac Regularly to Extend Its Life

Regular MacBook and iPhone battery status checks help users prevent unexpected situations. But is there a way to prolong your Mac’s battery life? Absolutely! Mac OS users should check out the tips & hacks listed below:

  • Make regular software updates

Installing the routine Apple patches and software enhancements can help to extend your MacBook’s battery life. In the Apple menu, go to Software Update and check for available upgrades.

  • Switch On Energy Saver

In the Apple menu, go to System Preferences -> Energy Saver. Click on Battery and move the slider next to 'Turn display off after' to set the time for display to turn off. To modify the Energy Saver for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, put ticks next to every option except for 'Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.'

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  • Deactivate Bluetooth

In the top menu bar, click the Bluetooth icon -> select Turn Bluetooth Off. Alternatively, go to System Preferences -> Bluetooth ->click Turn Bluetooth Off.

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  • Turn Wi-Fi off

If the battery situation is indeed critical, you can go to the extremes of turning off the wireless connection. In the menu bar, click the AirPort -> select Turn Wi-Fi off.

turn off wi-fi

  • Mute sound

To get rid of extra sounds, noise, and alerts, as well as save some battery capacity, tap the Mute Sound button.

  • Remove extra accessories
  • Users of old Macs may need to remove the unused accessories to prolong battery life. For instance, if you use an older MacBook with a SuperDrive, eject the unused CD/DVDs to prevent battery exhaustion.
  • Disconnect peripheral devices like SD Cards, external drives, or 4G modems.
  • Stop using graphically intensive apps like games, 3D graphics, or video editors.
  • Quit unused applications.
  • Check Activity Monitor for energy consuming apps

Launch Activity Monitor to learn which applications are using the most energy.

1. Go to Applications ->Utilities->Activity Monitor.

2. Click the Energy tab->Energy Impact column to view and quit the applications/processes consuming the most power on your MacBook.

  • Regular Mac Cleanup

Believe it or not, keeping your MacBook Air laptop clean can significantly prolong its battery life. Users of macOS Sierra and High Sierra can clean up their Mac manually or utilize the onboard utility called Optimize Storage. Meanwhile, there is an option to use the third-party cleaning applications. Unlike standard cleaning tools, the trusted third-party software includes a broader range of features.

For example, MacFly Pro app comes packed with a Smart Assistant feature that helps to monitor the state of your Mac. Apart from that, the app has tools for removing system junk, file duplicates, uninstalling apps, and eliminating the leftover data. Also, MacFly Pro has a memory cleaning option to optimize the RAM consumption and help to reduce the battery usage.

  • In Conclusion

Monitoring your Mac’s battery health on a regular basis will let you know when the battery needs replacement. If the battery on your device has already deteriorated, you can prolong its life by using energy saving settings, quitting the unused apps, etc. Regular cleaning and maintenance procedures will also help to extend the battery life and capacity of your Mac.

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