Do I Need A new Battery for my Apple MacBook?

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Do I need a new battery for my MacBook Pro?: There are several reasons why your MacBook might be under-performing. And they might, or might not be related to your battery. If your Mac is a few years old and it’s on a slow-down, the checking the efficiency of the battery is a good way to see if you need to replace it.

The best way to check if your battery is contributing to your slow Mac, is to check how many recharging cycles it’s been through. A charge cycle refers to the number of times your battery has been emptied of power and charged back to 100%. However, if your battery had been emptied by 75% or just 50% and you recharged it, that is considered a cycle too.

You can check exactly how many cycles your battery has been through, by following the steps below. One of the things we love about Mac technology, it that it allows users to carry out something as simple and as practical as a battery life check. Batteries only have a finite lifespan, which means that after a certain number of charge cycles, you are probably due for a replacement.

Apple MacBook Support

Check the details for your Mac’s battery lifespan. Apple MacBook Airs, MacBook pros and even older Macbooks, have batteries with an average lifespan of around 1,000 charge cycles.

  • Go to the Apple logo on the task bar

This should be on the top left-hand side of the screen. All you have to do is click on the About This Mac option. Then select System Report. This section will provide your with an option called Power. Once you click on this, all the information on your particular battery will be available to you. This includes it’s current power capacity, a section called Health Information – and that really handy section called Cycle Counts.

If your cycle counts are in the mid to low hundreds, you should run diagnostics on your Mac to see what else could be causing your system to slow down. If your charge cycle is in the high hundreds, but not at 1,000 yet, this indicates that very soon, you will need to purchase a new battery.

Replacing your battery could cost anything from £100 to £175. You can either order one directly from the Apple Store, or you could request a certified third-party repair service to order it for you. If your Macbook is a few years old, your battery will be cheaper to source.

However, if, once your new battery is installed, your Mac is still sluggish, be sure to investigate the following areas to speed things up a

Close background apps

When your Mac powers up, lots of apps you’ve used previously will remain open – and will re-open – but will run in the background. Do a system check and close any apps that are superfluous to your requirements. Additional programmes running 24/7 will eat up your RAM and prevent your Mac from running at full efficiency.

Upgrade your hard-drive

Upgrade your Mac hard drive

Install a new hard drive. If your Mac runs on an old-style hard drive, it’s time for an overhaul. Old-style hard drives with moving parts and fans to cool them, are inefficient, tend to over-heat, and can be vulnerable to data loss if your MacBook meets with an accident. The best solution to this is an SSD (a Solid State Drive) which contains no moving parts (no fan to wear out) and can store and process information much, much faster.

Re-organise your storage

Apple MacBook file storage

Keeping large files that you no longer require, on your personal hard drive, is a a recipe for a sluggish Mac. Upload all files to cloud storage and only keep the bare essential on your Mac. If you don’t like the idea of all your data being stored in random data centres somewhere on the globe, get external drives that you can back up your heavy files to.

Apple MacBook diagnostics

If your Mac is still slow after replacing the battery, closing all background apps, replacing the hard drive and reorganizing your file storage, make an appointment with a qualified Mac engineer. At Darcy Consulting, we can run a full health check on your Mac to decipher any issues it may be having – be they hardware or software. We also provide FREE collection and delivery of your Mac from your home or place of work, in the Ipswich area. Our vans service Woodbridge, Kesgrave, Stowmarket and Needham Market too.

Call us today on 01473 845011 – or pm us via our Facebook page. We are currently offering a 15% discount on repairs booked via that portal.

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