Best Ways for Keeping Macbook’s Battery Healthy

by Josh Biggs in Tech on 26th July 2020

A Mac is an efficient computer that can make both your leisure time and workday more productive and effective. These are one of the most important reasons why more and more people tend to choose a Mac over any other computer.

MacBooks, in particular, are appreciated by many users because of its incredible battery. But unfortunately, even Macs experience technical issues and wear off eventually. And this happens even faster if you do not know how to keep an eye on your MacBook and perform regular maintenance work.

If you would like to get more info about how you could prolong your MacBook’s battery life, then check out our article below. We are going to share some tips that will help you keep your computer’s battery healthy for as long as possible. 

Checking Battery Cycles

Your MacBook’s battery has a specific amount of cycles before it starts functioning less efficiently. One cycle is considered to be when your battery is drained from 100% to 0%. But have it in mind that even if you rechange your MacBook after the battery has only been drained to 50%, it will also count as a one battery cycle. Therefore if you are not using your computer at that moment, do not start charging it when it still has quite a lot of battery percentage.

If you want to know how many cycles, in particular, your device had at the beginning of use, you can easily find this information on the internet, but you will need to know the exact model of your device because, for each different model, the number is different.

But if you want to see both how many cycles did your MacBook have at the beginning of use and how many it has now, you can check it by holding the Option key on your Magic Keyboard and click on the Apple icon that is located in the left top corner at the same time. Then, click System Information. Then, scroll down until you see the Hardware list and the Power option. Here you will be able to see all of the information.

MacBook’s Battery Life and How to Save It

If you already bought a MacBook, and especially if you are planning to use it for work, there is no logic in avoiding using your computer just to prevent yourself from using up all of the battery cycles too fast. There are other ways you can save your battery life and prevent it from becoming inefficient too soon.

The first thing you should always do is to update your macOS. This is crucial for your battery because Apple is constantly working on fixing all sorts of bugs and increasing the efficiency and workflow of a Mac as much as possible. These updates have an impact on your battery life. Often they are indirect but still very important.

The element that consumes the most battery is often screen brightness – consider if you really need to use such a bright screen, especially if you are using the computer in a dark room? Another thing you can do to save power is to switch off Wi-fi when you do not need it. Also, it is best that you stick to the Safari browser because Google Chrome is using way much more MacBook’s resources and ends up draining your battery faster.

Things to Keep in Mind When Not Using the MacBook

When you are not using your MacBook, it is best to shut it down, so it doesn’t use the battery. Some people have a habit of keeping the computer turned on and running all day long. If you have that habit too, train yourself to avoid it because this will cost you a lot of battery cycles and end up with a less efficient battery sooner than expected.

Also, have it in mind that it is not healthy to drain your MacBooks’ battery to a complete 0% and leave it turned off for too long. When your computer is under 0%, the battery is actually not completely empty. The battery always keeps some energy in reserve for startup and also chemical health. So if you keep a MacBook with a drained battery on a shelf for too long, you might not be able to turn it on again. 

Therefore always remember that a deep drain is never healthy for a battery. Of course, it does not necessarily mean that your computer will never work again; you might still revive it by charging it for a longer time. But try not to risk it because fixing or changing a MacBook’s battery can be quite costly. 

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