A guide to assess battery condition and what to do next

A Guide to Assessing Battery Condition on a MacBook

Guide to Checking MacBook Battery Health and Next Steps - Discover how to assess your MacBook's battery capacity, signs that it's time for a replacement, and steps to take when your device is under or out of warranty. Explore repair and selling options to make the best decision for your needs.
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To check your Mac's battery condition through System Information, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select "About This Mac" from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click on the "System Report" button.
  4. In the "Hardware" section of the System Information window, click on "Power" in the left sidebar.
  5. Under the "Battery Information" section, find "Cycle Count" and "Condition."

System report battery health MacBook

The "Cycle Count" refers to the number of times the battery has been charged and discharged, while the "Condition" status provides an overview of the battery's health. The condition could be "Normal," "Replace Soon," "Replace Now," or "Service Battery," depending on the battery's state.


You should consider replacing your Mac's battery when:

  1. Battery condition: The battery's condition, as reported in the System Information under "Power," shows "Replace Soon," "Replace Now," or "Service Battery." These statuses indicate that the battery's health is deteriorating, and it's losing the ability to hold a charge.

  2. Cycle count: Every battery has a limited number of charge cycles before its performance begins to decline. For most MacBooks, this number is around 1,000 cycles. You can check your cycle count in the System Information under "Power." If your cycle count is close to or exceeds the maximum recommended cycle count, it might be time for a replacement.

  3. Decreased performance: If you notice a significant drop in battery life, your Mac is shutting down unexpectedly, or the battery takes an unusually long time to charge, it could be a sign that your battery needs replacement.

  4. Physical issues: If you observe any physical deformities, such as swelling or bulging of the battery, it's essential to replace the battery immediately, as it could pose a safety risk.


If your device is still under warranty and you're experiencing issues with the battery or any other component, follow these steps:

  1. Gather your device's information: Make a note of your device's serial number, purchase date, and warranty details. You can find the serial number in the "About This Mac" section, accessible by clicking the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen.

  2. Review the warranty terms: Check the specific terms and conditions of your warranty, which may vary depending on the type of warranty you have (standard Apple Limited Warranty, AppleCare, or AppleCare+). This will help you understand what is covered and any applicable fees or deductibles.
    Please note if you purchased your device in Australia, you are entitled to 3 years consumer law warranty. 

  3. Contact Apple Support: Visit the Apple Support website, call Apple Support, or use the Apple Support app to report your issue. Provide the necessary information, and a support representative will help you determine whether your issue is covered under warranty.

  4. Schedule a repair or replacement: If your issue is covered under warranty, Apple Support may direct you to an Apple Authorised Service Provider, an Apple Store, or ask you to mail in your device for repair or replacement. Make sure to follow their instructions carefully.

  5. Backup your data: Before sending your device in for repair or replacement, ensure that you have backed up all your essential data to iCloud or an external hard drive, as your data might be lost during the repair process.

Remember that warranty coverage varies, and not all issues may be covered. If your device has been damaged due to misuse, unauthorised modifications, or accidents, the warranty may not cover the repair costs. In such cases, you might have to pay for the repair or replacement.

If your device is no longer covered by a warranty and you require the expertise of a trustworthy Apple-certified technician to address your battery issues, we're here to help. You can schedule an appointment with us here for a convenient, in-person service that ensures your device is in capable hands.

For those who would prefer a mail-in option, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@manmadecycle.com.au. We'll gladly provide you with the necessary information and guidance to ensure a seamless process for sending in your device and having it repaired in a timely manner.

On the other hand, if you're considering selling your device instead of repairing it, we invite you to visit our website through this link. Here, you'll find various options and resources to assist you in selling your device at a competitive price, allowing you to make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

Regardless of your choice, our team is committed to providing you with exceptional customer service and support, ensuring your satisfaction throughout the entire process.


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