The battery plays almost one of the most important role for any laptop, including the MacBook. The battery life and the number of its charging have a really high significance, especially for the productivity and computer speed. As Apple says, they have improved the density and longevity of new batteries for Mac, which cannot but rejoice. Nevertheless, no matter how “long-lasting” these batteries are, we still need to take care of our intelligent machines.
Over time, the battery in your laptop wears out because of its easy vulnerability, and you have an urgent task to replace it. You might ask, “Is there a way to find out when it is the right time for battery replacement?”. Well, let’s find out how to measure the battery life of your MacBook and how long it can serve you.
How Many Times Can I Charge My MacBook?
You should have known that your MacBook battery wears down over time, and can be charged a limited number of times. But wait, you should not be intimidated by the fact that you charged your battery thousands of times, and, therefore, you need to run for a new Mac to the Apple Store now. Also, you don’t have to confuse the number of your notebook’s charges with the actual battery cycles. What is this charge cycle?
A charge, or battery cycle that Apple measures in its laptops is a time the MacBook battery goes from discharged to fully charged condition. A battery cycle happens when you use all of its power, and then charge it back to 100% – sounds a little abnormal, right? Well, usually we use 50-70% of our notebooks charge in one day, and then recharge it fully. This counts like a half of a cycle. So, a single charge cycle is the process of fully discharging the battery and charging it back up.
We can draw a conclusion from the above that in order to complete one cycle, it might take at least two days. An interesting fact, recently, the battery has had a maximum of 300 or 400 cycles, and now, with new improvements from Apple, the MacBook Pro battery can be charged and discharged up to 1000 times. But, is it worth to take risks and use a laptop until it’s gone for good?
You must remember that after each cycle, the capacity of the battery reduces a bit. So, after 500 cycles you might notice a reduction or performance issue with your laptop. This serves as a weighty proof that you definitely need to know how many cycles your device has, and when it’s time to replace the battery.
Check the Health of Your MacBook Battery Now
You can check the current number of your MacBook battery cycles using the MacOS System Information utility. Follow 3 simple steps presented below:
- Open Apple menu on the top left side of the screen. Then, select About This Mac.
- Click on the System Report button and launch the System Information utility. You will see a new window with lots of technical specifications about your Mac.
- In the left-hand menu, select Power under the Hardware list.
- Under the “Battery Information” header, find “Health Information” section. It will show you the condition of your battery, as well as the cycle count.
The last tip we give you is to replace your MacBook battery as soon as it reaches its maximum cycle count.