The battery on a MacBook can last for about half a day before you need to recharge. However, Apple insists the latest models can last for the full working day.
Meanwhile, many older MacBooks can’t match this battery strength. This is because batteries tend to diminish with time. But, many users want to be able to use their laptop for as long as possible. Before they can plug it for recharging.
One way to overcome this low-battery issue is to carry an external MacBook battery pack. This will buy you a few more hours.
However, proper use of general settings on most Macs can make a material difference. Here are some ways you can improve the battery life of your MacBook.
Choose mobile settings
The Energy Saver option in System Preferences should the first place you check. Click on “Battery” to edit settings for mobile use. You can also tweak how quickly the screen and hard drive switch off when the Mac is idle. Also, check whether Power Nap is active.
Get system updates
Sometimes, system updates come with tweaks to power management. In the App Store option in System Preferences, turn on “automatic checking for updates”, as shown above.
Don’t forget that Power Nap only allows updates to download while charging on mains power.
Keep an eye on the battery time
An estimated display of how long your Mac’s battery will last is shown when you select the battery icon in the menu bar. You can also turn on a percentage indicator too.
This menu identifies any open apps that are causing power to drain, just in case you want them closed.
Limit streaming and video
When you stream a lot of online video from sites like NetFlix and YouTube, you can negatively affect battery life. This is because your data connection will be very active.
Rather, you can download content to watch offline.
Monitor the device temperature
A hot vicinity isn’t healthy for your Mac, and also a busy hard drive will further add to the heat inside your Mac.
A hot processor is bad because it will cause your Mac’s fans to spin up. Hence, all of this can make your battery drain with speed. You can monitor heat levels using apps like Temperature Gauge, or another similar app.
With this few ways, you can moderate the battery activity of your MacBook.