The second group is less mobile, sometimes entirely stationary, and the Mac is always plugged in. That’s not good for battery life. Here’s an app that manages the Mac’s battery so it’s ready when you need it.
Juicing The Battery
My Mac life is about 90-percent MacBook, and much of my time is mobile– battery only. Jesse, on the other hand, has a MacBook that’s almost always plugged in.
Both of us have a problem but it’s different for each of us. My Mac’s battery usually lasts longer because it drains, gets recharged, repeat ad nauseam.
Her MacBook’s battery remains charged almost all the time. That’s not good, either. Take a look at FruitJuice, the Mac battery management system.
Unlike OS X or many of the free battery monitors, FruitJuice doesn’t simply list how much time is remaining on the current battery charge.
The old adage of ‘use it or lose’ applies to the Mac’s battery. Batteries last longer if they’re used, rather than simply staying plugged in all the time.
FruitJuice monitors your Mac’s battery usage and provides a useful graph of, well, usage.
To make sure your battery stays available with a maximum charge, FruitJuice calculates the amount of time you should be using the battery each day.
When you reach the daily target FruitJuice pops up a notification.
Maintaining a battery requires a little effort, which is reduced by using FruitJuice in the background. It provides guided maintenance and ongoing diagnostics to keep the Mac’s battery in optimum performance range.
You’ll be able to see how much time you’re on the Mac, when it’s fully charged, draining, or charging. You’ll need to use FruitJuice for a week or two for it to begin giving you daily recommendations, but following the guidelines keeps the Mac’s battery in good health.
For a MacBook owner who seldom uses the Mac on battery power, FruitJuice makes sure the battery lasts longer, so it’s available with more of a charge when you need it. For whatever reason, though, FruitJuice uses the more powerful graphics chip in my MacBook Pro, which itself uses more battery power. That seems strange, but maybe I’m missing something. Otherwise, well done and very useful, despite the price tag.