The number of things that we plug in to charge each day is staggering. We have smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and computers simply to begin, with devices on top of that likewise having to be charged on a routine basis. It’s a reality of life these days, and it’s something we’re not likely to be navigating any time soon. The bad news here though is that not all batteries are created equivalent and, importantly, they don’t last indefinitely.

Take Apple’s notebook computer systems as an example. Their batteries tend to last longer than many, both in the case of single charges and the variety of those charges that they can stand up to prior to a battery replacement is on the cards. Apple understands that batteries don’t always last as long as the computer systems that they live in, so it has made it simple to inspect how lots of charge cycles a battery has had by merely clicking a few buttons.


For those not knowledgeable about the terminology, a charge cycle can cover a few days, and is smoothly summarized by Apple in one of its own Understanding Base posts:

A charge cycle indicates using all of the battery’s power, however that doesn’t always imply a single charge. For instance, you might utilize your note pad for an hour or more one day, utilizing half its charge, and afterwards recharge it fully. If you did the exact same thing the next day, it would count as one charge cycle, not two, so it may take a number of days to finish a cycle.

So, how do you inspect the number of charge cycles your Mac’s battery has gone through? Well, it behaves and easy as it ends up.

Step 1: Click the Apple logo on the top-left of your Mac’s screen and choose “About This Mac.”

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Step 2: Next, click on “System Report.”

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Step 3: Now, click “Power” on the left hand side and look for the entry in the right-hand pane that mentions charge cycles. The number close to it is the number of your Mac’s battery has gone through.

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Screenshot from 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Late 2013 design, bought in Might 2014.

Now a multitude here is not unusual, and Apple has a list of how many charge cycles ought to be anticipated prior to a battery is prepared for replacement, as shown in the chart below. If yours is getting close to, or has exceeded the recommended number of cycles then it may be time to buy a brand-new battery. They’re not low-cost, but they deserve every cent if it implies your Mac goes longer in between charges.

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