When the iPad launched in 2010 naysayers were certain that battery life could not possibly be 10 hours. It is. And better. My iPhone 6 Plus has the best battery life of any smartphone I’ve ever owned. MacBook Air models routinely get nine to 12 hours on a charge. Ditto for the new and faster MacBook Pro models. Even the new and ultra light MacBook gets 10 hours of usage. Here’s a free tip and a free app that helps your battery last longer.
Battery Health Squeezer
OK, I admit it. Sometimes I shop on the Mac App Store, and one of the most popular utilities there is called Battery Health. It’s free. It’s kind of a one-trick pony app, it looks great, and it can help you get the most from your Mac’s battery.
They say that knowledge is power, and that’s what Battery Health is. It unlocks information about your Mac’s battery health. What you’ll see with a click is a window chock full of useful information about the battery inside your Mac.
That includes the current charge level, power usage, temperature, charge cycles, battery capacity, maximum charges, battery age, charger information, and, the all important basic tips for getting the most from your Mac’s battery.
Check it out.
Battery Health is straightforward, easy to use and understand, but it’s knowledge, not action. If you’re interested in getting the most juice from a battery take a look at BatterySqueezer, another Mac utility which actually does the work needed to improve battery life by throttling CPU hungry apps when they’re in the background. It even works on videos, Flash, and animated ads that run in the background while you’re reading or doing something else.
BatterySqueezer is an action-oriented utility puts the squeeze on juice robbing apps, throttling Flash, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and their offending plugins, and even stops apps when they’re in the background and not being used.
Until we get batteries that last a month or year on a single charge, we’ll be forced to use utilities that get every precious moment out of the batteries we have. Between Battery Health and BatterySqueezer, you get knowledge and action. The former is free, the latter is not.