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When do we need to replace a MacBook battery? Check these signs

The batteries used in Apple MacBook devices that are used daily face the tendency to lose capacity over time. Until they reach the point of replacement needed. How do you know if your battery is at the end of its lifecycle and what types of new batteries are available?

Apple is developing the batteries for the new MacBook Air and Pro with a battery life of 1,000 cycles. How long your battery lasts depends on how you use it. If you use your laptop every day and don't charge it properly, you may observe a significant drop in capacity after one year. On the other hand, if you use your MacBook from time to time, your battery can still work almost as well as new after a few years.

Our advice: If you want your MacBook battery to last as long as possible, keep it between 20-80% charged. Regularly charging to 100% and discharging below 20% accelerates usual wear and tear.

What are the signs of a battery’s low capacity?

The new MacBook has 100% battery capacity. However, in everyday use, this value decreases over time. Therefore the battery can't hold as much power as a new one. In reality, you'll experience this, especially in the battery life.

For example: while a new MacBook will last 10 hours on a full charge, if the maximum battery capacity drops to 80% after two years of use, it will drop to 8 hours.

If you feel like your MacBook isn't lasting long enough on a full charge, it's a sign that your battery may need replacing. You can quickly check its condition in the system.

Checking the battery status

On MacBooks running macOS Big Sur and newer, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen and select "System Preferences". Then click "Battery" and select "Battery" again in the next window. Then click on "Battery Health". Your MacBook will show you the status of your battery and its maximum capacity.
As long as the battery status is "Normal", there is no need to replace the battery. On the contrary, if you see the message "Service recommended", the capacity is probably no longer sufficient. It is worth replacing the battery if its maximum capacity drops below 80%. In this case, the drop in performance is already quite noticeable.

Our tip: On older MacBooks, you can check the status of your battery by holding down the Option key and clicking on the battery percentage icon in the top-right corner of the screen using your mouse.

Replacing a MacBook battery

If you decide to replace your MacBook battery, there are 3 options to choose from at FixShop.

Original battery

It's a battery from Apple that meets the most strict quality requirements. However, the downside is the relatively high price.

Aftermarket PRO battery

These batteries are not of a particular brand but come from the best spare part manufacturers with the lowest complaint rates. They are carefully selected by the experts of the FixShop team and extensively tested before being sold; therefore, we guarantee maximum quality.

Aftermarket battery

These batteries are also manufactured by third parties, usually of low cost. However, they are still quality components tested by our experts. There is very little difference between original and aftermarket batteries.
We offer a wide selection of Original, Aftermarket and Aftermarket PRO batteries for MacBook. It's up to you to arrange the replacement yourself or leave it to the experts.

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