Apple executives point out that around 80-percent of all Macs sold these days are notebooks. And notebooks mean batteries. And batteries mean Mac notebook users need to pay attention to a battery’s health.
How hard can that be? Every MacBook with a battery lets you view the battery’s power state from the Menubar. Except what you get in the Menubar isn’t really enough to tell you anything other than how much the Mac’s battery has been depleted so far. Is there a better way? You guessed it. There’s an app for that.
During the day, my husband and I work at a large Chicagoland private school which has hundreds of Macs, PCs, iPads, cheap-assed Windows PC hybrid-tablets, and a growing number of Chromebooks. All but the few desktop models have batteries that need tending, and Apple’s own MacBook battery notification is anything but the cat’s meow of information.
Last year Apple even took out the time remaining indicator because confusion. Sure, the time remaining indicator has been around forever so the confusion may not be as severe as Apple’s engineers, marketers, and executives may have thought, but after Consumer Reports said such Mac’s did not get anything near 10 hours of battery life under normal conditions, you can see why Apple implemented the disappearing battery time trick (even though it turned out that Consumer Reports was wrong; go figure, amirite?).
Here’s how to get a battery life time remaining indicator back.
What you get with Battery Monitor is more than Apple provides to the average Mac notebook user. If your Mac’s Menubar is already so crowded nothing new will fit, the app also resides in the Dock. If you have a new MacBook Pro and miss the battery indicator for time remaining, Battery Monitor brings that back, too. Power or time remaining are handy, yes, but there remains plenty of information you should check from time to time.
Battery Monitor displays more battery details.
- Remaining battery life
- Battery charge state
- Battery age
- Discharge current
- Number of charge cycles
- Expected remaining lifetime
- Retrieval capacity
- Battery cell state
- Battery manufacturer
Additionally, Battery Monitor displays graphics of the capture charge and discharge curves so you can plot battery health and history. There’s also a bookkeeping process regarding the aging process whereby the app keeps a log about charge capacity and more.
Wait. There’s more.
Preferences: These are nominal and self explanatory, ranging from temperature units, hiding windows, setting Notification alerts, and even a continuous charge warning if the Mac has been plugged in too long.
Notifications: Battery Monitor not only displays the battery’s charge state in the Dock, it can tell you know what’s happened with alerts in Notification Center. The latest version also works with the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar and displays charge state and estimated time remaining in the Dock icon.
There’s much to like including the nominal price tag.