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Macbook Cycle Count

Macbook Cycle Count

Knowing my MacBook Pro is the 2013-13″ MacBook Pro, I can then go to Apples MacBook Battery Life Support page and see this device has a maximum of 1000 cycles. Once a MacBook has reached Apples max cycle count, your MacBook is still functional – it simply might not retain full charge, nor will it last as long while running on battery power. Most MacBooks or MacBook Pro notebooks have batteries good for between 300 and 1000 charging cycles, depending on model (Apple has published spec sheets here).

Apple batteries are generally good for around 1,000 charging cycles before you need to change them. Apples guidelines for MacBook batteries are that they retain 80 percent of their original charging capacity after a set number of full charge cycles. Many users keep using their batteries past their maximum charge cycles. If a user uses half the MacBooks battery one day, then uses the other half the next, this time would be considered as one charge cycle.

Now, this does not just mean when a battery is completely depleted to 100% would it count as one charge cycle, but if you are using 25% of your battery one day, and 25% another day — it would be one-half of one cycle. For example, if you have a 100 percent full battery on the MacBook, you use half the MacBooks battery, and then later you decide to charge the MacBook again fully, then you use the other half of the battery, then that should equal a full battery cycle. Even if you recharge the MacBooks battery from 50 percent to 100 percent, that would be considered a half-cycle, while doing that twice would count as one full battery cycle. For example, if you have a 100 percent charged MacBook, and you use 50% of the battery, then charge it to 100 percent, and then use an additional 50% battery, that would count as one battery cycle (50+50=100).

A thousand battery cycles does not mean that your MacBook stops charging after this; it means your batterys charging capacity is reduced to 70%. For example, if you are using a MacBook, charging it up to 100%, completely draining it in a single session or over the course of a couple days, then doing the same again, this is one battery cycle. After a while, your MacBooks battery will start to fail to retain charge as well as when new. If you keep it connected, it will actually decrease the batterys charging capacity or lead to an over-swollen battery over time.

After it hits its limits, chances are that your battery still holds charge and can run, it is just that it is not going to keep charging as much as it used to. Your batteries capacity is dependent on how many cycles it goes through over the course of its life, and tracking that will allow you to assess how long your battery is going to last. The cycle count simply represents how many times your MacBook Pros battery has used its 100% battery capacity. The MacBook Pros battery is designed to retain 80 percent of its total charge for at least those estimated battery cycle count numbers.

Each model of the MacBook has a different amount of cycle counts the battery is evaluated at before you will see expected lower battery life. Since each time you charge the laptop, your batterys capacity is reduced, MacBooks higher cycle counts are a good proxy for your batteries overall battery health. For instance, if you are using one-fourth of the battery each day, and fully charging your MacBook after every use, you would need four days of charging before using one charge cycle. The estimated number of cycles that you will go through with the battery before you need to swap it out may differ depending on your MacBooks model and year.

Watch this video to learn how to check the MacBook pro battery health cycle, count

It is really important to know how many charging cycles your battery has, and how many are left, this question can help you monitor exactly when you should be replacing the battery. A battery does not have to charge 0% to 100% necessarily in order for it to finish the cycle. Batteries are designed to retain up to 80% of their initial battery capacity after 1,000 cycles of charging. There are some Lithium-Ion batteries which will last for 2,500 charging cycles, provided that you keep it charged up to 80-90 percent, and never 100 percent.

The limits are established by Apple, and they provide a pretty good idea of your batteries general lifespan. Of course, if your battery is performing badly, you can always have it replaced, even if you did not reach Apples established limit. The shorter your battery life, the more that will impact the overall capacity of the device. After 1,000 cycles, the battery in your Mac will have lost 20% of its initial capacity.

In fact, as you use a Mac laptop, its battery goes through charging cycles. If you use just half the power from the Macs battery, you recharge and then do it again the next day — that would also count as a single charge cycle, not two. If you use 90 per cent of your Macs battery to get your Mac up to 10% capacity, recharge to 100%, then use a tenth of your Macs now-charged capacity, it counts as a single charge (90+10=100). The batteries used in Macs generally last far past a number of battery cycles (it is sort of an assumption), but you can get an increasing amount of low battery life in between charges, until you get a laptop you need to connect to the wall for power.

While nearly every one of Apples MacBooks made in the past decade has batteries that are rated at 1,000 charging cycles, see this paper to get details on every particular model. You can actually estimate exactly when your battery is going to die entirely, so you can avoid being left with a dead laptop, especially when you need it the most. Under typical use conditions, considering that users will begin to see a rapid drain on their batteries soon after their first year of usage.

Is 400 cycles a lot for MacBook?

Apple batteries typically last for 1000 cycles before experiencing any major decrease in battery life. Even then, they only cost 20% less than when they were brand new. 400 cycles are adequate. I recently sold my 13-inch 2013 model for a little over 500 cycles.

How many battery cycles is good for Mac?

The battery life of MacBooks is restricted to a certain number of charge cycles before the performance of the battery begins to deteriorate. However, the good news is that most current Apple notebooks will last a minimum of 1,000 charge cycles before they require battery replacement.

Does MacBook cycle count matter?

You should replace your battery after it has run out. You can keep using the battery once it reaches its maximum cycle capacity, but you will notice that it will last for a shorter period. Knowing the number of cycles your battery consumed and the cycles left, you can better evaluate when to replace it.