Color me a sucker for colorful little 99-cent utilities. Here’s another one that every Mac notebook user will love. The name says it all. Battery Times & Stats.
What you get for your 99-cents is a smart battery Menubar app replacement. Battery Times & Stats lives in the Menubar, just like OS X’s built-in battery meter. This one just gives you a bit more information so you’ll know how much juice you have while you’re on the road.
Not Much For Not Much
Battery monitoring apps are available in plentiful supply on the Mac App Store, and Battery Times & Stats carries the tradition by doing the obvious for not much money. Here’s what you’ll get with a click from the Menubar.
- Current capacity
- Maximum capacity
- Battery design capacity
- Battery health
- Load Cycles
The only additional feature of note is the option to change the light design to the dark motif in OS X Yosemite and El Camino.
If Battery Times & Stats catches your fancy then you’re likely to appreciate an app that helps squeeze a bit more life from your Mac notebook’s battery. One of my favorites is BatteryHealth. It doesn’t do much but doesn’t cost much, either.
Like eye candy?
Another Mac app which actually claims to lengthen battery life is called Endurance. This one is a proactive app in that it pulls a few strings which are known to help batteries last longer.
This cleverly designed utility actually monitors the hoggish Flash plugin (a known battery drain), hides background apps, dims the screen, and even slows down the CPU in an effort to save battery juice.
It’s strange how these battery saving apps for the Mac work. The aforementioned Battery Times & Stats is priced about right at 99-cents. But, Battery Health, which does much the same thing and more, with more eye candy, is free, but if you want to track the battery’s history is $4.99. Meanwhile, for now, Endurance, which mashes up basic features with a proactive set of features is free. Go figure.