You may not know it yet, but your Mac battery is one of the most important parts of your computer. Admired for its long lasting durability in the beginning, its importance is quickly overlooked as the months drift on. That is until you are finishing the last paragraph of your final thesis and the battery cuts off without warning, deleting all your hard work. True story!
Luckily there is a way to prevent this agonising, blood boiling situation from ever prevailing – “Check your Mac battery cycle count…!”
If you would like to find out tips on how to keep your Mac Battery in top condition for as long as possible, check out our article ‘Mac Battery Tips: From Obvious to Extreme’.
What is a Mac Battery Cycle?
You have no doubt noticed that when your battery is full, it is shown as 100%. If your charger is not plugged in, you will soon see the number depreciate as the battery slowly drains all the way down to 0%. This is one full Mac battery cycle. You may think you can out smart the battery by never letting your charge drain to 0%, in the hope it won’t count as being a full cycle, but unfortunately that is not the case. The drained percentages all add up over time, mounting up as cycles used.
Why Do Mac Battery Cycles Matter?
Unfortunately it is inevitable that your Mac battery will go downhill. It starts off full of life and stamina, with loads of cycles ahead, allowing you to use your laptop in a field for several hours. The more you use your beloved computer, the more weathered your Mac battery becomes as the constant use gnaws away at the remaining cycles. You will notice the battery percentage draining quicker then it used to, resulting in you having to charge it a lot more often. Eventually, (hopefully a few years on) your Mac battery won’t have any stamina left as the cycles have been eaten up. Resulting in your computer having to be constantly plugged into the mains. Heaven forbid the charger should fall out, as you your Mac screen would instantly cut out plunge into darkness, losing any unsaved work. Yes, that has happened to me….
So you can see that Mac battery cycles are important. The more you have left, the longer your Mac battery will last.
Why Should I check My Mac Battery Cycles?
It pays to stay one step ahead of the game, and checking how many cycles your Mac battery has left certainly gives you the edge. It always pays to check on the health of your battery. If you notice the cycles are running low, you aware you will need to purchase a new one, ready to take over. Hopefully before your Mac starts cutting out and requiring constant mains support.
Sneaky tip: If your battery is coming towards the end of its life and is starting to drain faster, if you still have your warranty or Apple Care package, you can request a FREE new Mac battery!
How to Check How Much Mac Battery Cycles are Left?
If you are the proud owner of either a MacBook, MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, you can find out the condition of your Mac battery and exactly how many cycles it has left.
1.) Click on you Apple menu (the little Apple icon perch up in the left corner of your toolbar).
2.) From the drop down dialog menu, selected the first option ‘About This Mac’.
3.) A little window will pop up displaying our Macs personal information such as: the Version, Processor speed and total amount of Memory. We need you to select the button marked ‘More Info’.
4.) A new window will pop up displaying a little more info, such as your unique Mac serial number. Bellow are two buttons, click the one called ‘System Report’.
5.) Your Mac performs a is split second scan and provides you with a detailed System Report. The report window is broken up into two columns.
6.) Browse through the first column. Under the first ‘Hardware’ category click on the word ‘Power’.
7.) Now your ‘Battery Information’ pops up. As you can see there is quite a lot of detailed info you can check over, but in the first section under ‘Health Information’ you will see ‘Cycle Count’ and ‘Condition’.
These are the main two bits of helpful information, and the answer to whether your cherished Mac needs a new battery! (Hopefully not).