Signs Your MacBook Battery is Dying and What to Do About It
Your MacBook is your WFH tech, an after-hours streaming platform, gaming console, writing app, and personal assistance all in one. Yet you stand to lose it all when your battery goes. Here’s how to recognize your battery’s in trouble before it’s too late, and what you should do to fix it.
Warning Signs Your Battery is on its Last Legs
Your MacBook won’t stop holding a charge out of the blue. Usually, you get some warning signs first. The only exception, of course, is if you physically damage your MacBook by dropping it or frying it with spilled liquid.
Here are some red flags:
- Charge doesn’t last as long as it used to
- Battery dies unexpectedly
- It never shows 100%
- An “x” in the battery icon, even when plugged in
- Battery conditions say to replace soon or service
Do any of these issues sound familiar? Your battery could be on its deathbed. Try to book an Apple Care appointment before it dies.
Better yet, take it to a computer repair shop. Now that Apple has changed its mind on the Right to Repair, you can safely repair your own MacBook or have a third party do it.
How to Afford MacBook Repairs
Despite the changes to your Right to Repair, fixing a dying (or dead) battery can be hard on your wallet, especially at the start of a new year. You may have spent all your savings and dipped into credit to celebrate the holidays.
You might be able to avoid this cost if you’re still under warranty. The basic plan lasts one year, but you may have coverage for three if you upgraded to the next level of AppleCare+.
If you have to pay for repairs out of pocket, you may consider using a line of credit for help. Lines of credit are a possible option if you need your MacBook for work, and an unexpected battery problem threatens your ability to make money.
This distinction is important because a line of credit is designed for unexpected emergencies. To understand more, you can find out how and when a flow line of credit works best.
If you’re approved in an emergency, you can put an urgent repair or replacement on your line of credit and pay it off gradually as you have the money.
That said, paying off as much of your balance as possible is always a good idea. This may help you reduce your billing charges while freeing up your credit for the next emergency.
How to Treat Your Battery Well
Once you’ve invested in your repairs, you’ll want to make sure the money you’ve spent goes a long way before you hit the next tech issue.
Here are some simple habits that can help you prolong your battery’s life.
- Try to plug in by the time you reach 30%
- Don’t keep your MacBook plugged in all the time
- Avoid working in extreme temperatures
- Update to the latest macOS
- Reduce your screen brightness
- Limit background apps that drain power needlessly
- Turn off your Mac when you aren’t going to use it
All batteries have a shelf life, but you can extend yours with the right habits. Remember this whether or not you have to repair — these tips can help anyone with a Mac!