Macin­tosh

Make your bat­tery bet­ter

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Bat­tery life is the Achilles heel of any lap­top and, while Ap­ple has made huge strides with bat­ter­ies, there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment. That’s why it in­tro­duced an iPhone-style Bat­tery Health fea­ture in macOS 10.15.5, although you’ll only see it if your lap­top has Thun­der­bolt 3 ports: older Macs don’t have the nec­es­sary hardware.

Bat­tery Health mon­i­tors your bat­tery tem­per­a­ture and its charg­ing pat­terns, and it op­ti­mises charg­ing in or­der to make your bat­tery last as long as pos­si­ble.

We don’t mean last as long as pos­si­ble be­tween charges; we mean last as long as pos­si­ble be­fore you have to buy a new bat­tery. Bat­ter­ies be­come less ef­fi­cient as they age, and Bat­tery Health aims to re­duce the speed at which that ef­fi­ciency de­grades.

Power anx­i­ety

Do­ing that is a del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act, be­cause pro­long­ing bat­tery life could mean slightly less bat­tery life be­tween charges. If that’s a con­cern, you can dis­able the fea­ture in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > En­ergy Saver > Bat­tery Health.

Of course, bat­tery life isn’t just a con­cern to peo­ple with rel­a­tively new Macs. We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced power anx­i­ety when we’ve got stuff to do and we’re far from a plug point. The good news is that a few sim­ple tweaks can make a big dif­fer­ence to any mo­bile Mac.

CAR­RIE MAR­SHALL

The new bat­tery health fea­ture will only ap­pear in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences if you have a rel­a­tively re­cent Mac; older ones lack the nec­es­sary hardware.

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