When your laptop battery is at its end of life, how do you know if it’s a good idea to replace the battery or just let the machine run low on juice for a few days before plugging it in? The article explains how to decide whether now is the right time.
How Often Should You Replace Your Battery?
Most laptop batteries have a cycle count that means as long as you are within the range, you will generally stay in good shape. Up to 14 cycles is considered the limit of your battery life before it should need replacing. When bought new, most lithium-ion models with a cycle count of eight may start failing at around 100 minutes and lose 20%-30% of their capacity before they need to be recycled after 300-400 discharges.
What is a Battery Cycle Count?
The battery cycle count is the number of times that a laptop battery has been charged and discharged. This determines just how efficient each battery is. Why? The lower the number, the more often the battery can charge and discharge without compromising its quality. What amount of time has passed since your MacBook Pro was last purchased? If less than 2 years have passed, it’s time to replace your laptop’s battery unless you’re willing to compromise its performance.
What is an Optimal Battery Replacement?
Most people have a certain battery life span for their MacBook Pro’s, but it can vary depending on several factors. For example, older models will probably last for about nine hours and newer models will last around fourteen and one-half hours. Before replacing a battery, make sure you have done the math to determine exactly how long it will last until you need to buy a new one.
The Right Time to Replace a Macbook Pro’s Battery
It’s important to replace your Macbook Pro battery often to get the longest possible lifespan from the device. The more times you charge it, the short its lifespan will be.
About two years ago, Apple introduced their redesigned computing that has significantly increased battery life on the MacBook Pro.