The lifespan of a Mac’s laptop battery can vary. What’s for sure is that the battery’s performance will diminish over time. By monitoring your battery’s condition, you will be able to know how long your battery has before it conks out.
If you want to monitor your battery’s health, there are a number of ways to do it. One is to use Coconut Battery. Coconut Battery is free and extremely easy to use. The application can be found here on the developer’s site. Coconut Flavour’s website.
Coconut Battery works in Lion and in older versions of Mac OSX.
Learn more about using Coconut Battery after the jump.
To install Coconut Battery and monitor your battery’s health, follow these steps:
- Download the application. Click here to download. The program is very small and shouldn’t take long to download. (This version is for Macbooks, Macbook Pros, and Macbook Airs running Mac OSX 10.5 or higher. A version for iBooks and Powerbooks running 10.5 is available on the developer’s site.
- Drag the downloaded app into your applications folder.
- Go to your applications folder and double click on Coconut Battery to launch it.
Once open, the application will give you relevant information about your Mac laptop’s battery, including the following:
- Battery charge
- Battery capacity
- Details about your Mac (such as the model, age, battery load cycles, battery temperature, and battery power usage).
The most relevant information, the current charge and the current capacity, shows up as helpful colored graphs.
You’ll want to maintain your battery and make it last as long as possible. Replacements can be expensive. About Apple laptop batteries.
Take good care of your battery by following these tips from Apple. Tips from Apple
Of course, we don’t want our Macbook batteries to kick the bucket prematurely.
Watch the wabbit kick the bucket.