Keep Tabs on your MacBook’s Power With Battery Health [OS X Tips]

Keep Tabs on your MacBook’s Power With Battery Health [OS X Tips]

Let’s face it, having the best laptop in the world doesn’t exempt us road warriors from having to deal with reality. Batteries are so much better these days, sure, but they’re still the failure point for most of us traveling types. In between charges and external battery boosters, it’s up to us to keep an eye on how fast the old power cell is draining. The app in today’s tip should help with that very thing. Go figure, right?

Battery Health is a free app in the Mac App Store. Head on over to download it, and it will install into your Applications folder by way of your Launchpad. Click on the Battery Health icon and you’ll launch the single window. Hopefully, you’re doing this on a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, as it won’t work with your desktop Mac.

The app tells you your battery’s current charge, the current and original max charge of the battery (current laptop batteries only have so many full charges in them), and the time remaining, in terms of the current usage or hypothetical use situations, like INternet Browsing or watching Movies. The bottom of the window shows more Details, including the age and temperature of your battery.

Click on the Tips button at the bottom and you’ll get a full page of tips on keeping your battery healthy and maximizing your time from charge to charge. Some are stuff you already probably know, like turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but others might surprise you, like ejecting Discs from the DVD drive, and minimizing the use of your iSight camera.

Bottom line, this seems like a pretty good app for the current price of FREE.

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  • Jamie Maxwell

    Cool app, had a bit of trouble finding it as I didn’t know where to look exactly. Silly me! Here’s a link to it on the Mac App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battery-health/id490192174?mt=12

  • dcj001

    Thanks for the link to the app, Jamie.

    It would be great if the authors of articles like this would always include links to the apps that they review.
  • dcj001

    Thanks for the link to the app, Jamie.

    It would be great if the authors of articles like this would always include links to the apps that they review.
  • Rob Klaproth

    Great app, now I know my suspicions are true – my battery is not holding the same charge it used to.  Still, after 1 year, down to 92% of capacity is a lot better then any PC notebook I’ve ever owned… I wonder how long it will take to get to 50%?  I have 240 cycles on it thus far.  

  • GregNYR89

    628 cycles and battery health is 88%. Apple sure does great products that last.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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