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Preserve And Monitor Your Macbook's Battery With These Important Tips By Joe Rogers With batteries being such a hot topic for iPhone users, we felt compelled to take a closer look at MacBook batteries, too. They have similar functionality and should be cared for in nearly the same way – but there are a few differences between the two. Let's dive into what you can do to prolong your MacBook's battery life, as well as what can be done to monitor your battery's overall health. How Long Are MacBook Batteries Good for? All modern MacBook batteries are good for 1,000 charge cycles. What's a charge cycle? Each time a battery depletes 100% in totality, that counts as one charge cycle. MacBook batteries can hold up to 80% of their maximum capacity within 1,000 charge cycles. See how many charge cycles you've used by completing the following steps: 1. Hold the Option key. 2. Click the Apple button in the menu bar. 3. Click System Information. Let go of the Option key. 4. In the Hardware section, click Power. 5. The current cycle count is found in the Battery Information window, as well as additional battery health information. How to Get Maximum Performance from Your MacBook's Battery 1. Only use the computer in temperatures above 50ºF and below 95º (10º to 35ºC). 2. Shut down the computer if you won't be using it for a long time. 3. Keep up-to-date with macOS and third-party software. 4. Lower your screen and keyboard's brightness when possible. 5. Set the Energy Saver options in System Preferences to suit your needs. 6. Turn off Wi-Fi if you won't need it for an extended period. 7. Disconnect external devices, like hard drives.

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