If you’ve had your MacBook for awhile now, how is the battery performing compared to when it was new? Here’s a free, and very highly rated Mac app that helps you find the details with a click, and gives you more information about your battery’s health than Apple provides.
Battery Health, Graphed
The free Battery Health app won’t fix your battery or make it like new again, but it will give you details that help you keep the battery in use longer.
What do you need to know about a battery other than how much time it has left before it needs to be recharged?
Not all Mac batteries are created equal, and Battery Health tracks the details.
That includes battery charge level, the battery’s capacity, how much power it uses, how many times it’s been charged, the battery’s age, current temperature, and much more.
Your MacBook has all kinds of sensors, some of which have data which Apple doesn’t make easily visible by mere mortal Mac users.
That means Battery Health can give you battery health information that’s not easily obtained. Here’s what it looks like.
Battery Health can be made to reside in the Mac’s Menubar or the Dock. Click and you get a visible medical history of the Mac’s battery, including the amount of time the battery can support playing music, viewing movies, browsing the web, or just staying alive in standby mode.
Not bad for free, right? The Battery Health tips can help you extend the life of your battery, and keep a higher charge for a longer period of time, but they’re just tips; not a way to improve the battery’s performance itself.