How To: See If Your MacBook Battery Needs Replacement

So you are trying to use your MacBook, on battery, and it seems that the battery life gets shorter and shorter before you have to plug it back in. Well you aren’t going crazy, every time your battery drains and you plug-in your laptop to charge, Apple considers that a battery cycle. There are a limited number of battery cycles that can happen before your battery needs to be replaced. Today’s post will cover How To: See If Your MacBook Battery Needs Replacement

The Battery Cycle Count 

When you use your Mac notebook, its battery goes through charge cycles. A charge cycle happens when you use all of the battery’s power—but that doesn’t necessarily mean a single charge.

For example, you could use half of your notebook’s charge in one day, and then recharge it fully. If you did the same thing the next day, it would count as one charge cycle, not two. In this way, it might take several days to complete a cycle.

Batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles before they’re considered to be consumed. Once consumed, a replacement battery is recommended. You can use your battery after it reaches its maximum cycle count, but you might notice a reduction in your battery life.

Determining Battery Cycle Count 

To figure out how used the battery in your MacBook is, follow these steps

  • Start by clicking on the Apple () menu, on the top left corner, and select About this Mac 
  • In the window that opens, click on the button that says System Report (Also make a note as to which MacBook you have.  It is also listed on this screen)

About This Mac System report

  • In the next window, on the left side click on power. Then on the right side of the window look for Health Information, and see what your Cycle Count is.

Mac Battery Cycle Count

So What Does The Count Mean To You 

For the majority of current MacBooks, the cycle count mark you need to look out for is a Cycle Count of 1000 or more. Once you reach 1000, you can continue to use your MacBook, but you will notice the battery life get shorter and shorter. It is at this point, that Apple recommends replacing your battery.  Note, There are a few exceptions to the 1000 Cycle Count. The MacBooks with the lower counts are 2009 and older models.

Final Thoughts

When the time comes, and your battery is considered consumed, you aren’t required to change the battery. All that reaching battery cycle count means is that you will need to have your charger near you, and you will have less and less time where you wont be plugged in to a power outlet. If you choose to replace your battery, do your research in your area. Not all places charge the same, for the replacement, just make sure you are going to a reputable location for the replacement.


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