Apr 22, 2020

Apple's New 'Battery Health Management' Will Improve Your MacBook's Battery Life

The new feature supports the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air which come with Thunderbolt 3.

Your MacBook battery woes should now be dashed as soon as you try Apple's new "battery health management" feature. The Cupertino, California-based company has released macOS Catalina 10.15.5, which comes with a battery management feature that is tasked to reduce batteries' rate of chemical aging. As it is, this should extend the lifespan of batteries.

The new update's "battery health management" feature for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, which works similar to iOS' Optimized Battery Charging feature, also measures battery usage and adjusts the maximum charge level, which ultimately improves battery life.

While the new "battery health management" feature is only available to developers, every MacBook user should be able to take advantage of it once macOS Catalina 10.15.5 finally rolls out.

As per how the "battery health management" will work on your MacBook, Apple said that the feature would be enabled by default once the update is done. Alternatively, the feature can be disabled via System Preferences. The company, however, still advises not to do the latter.

How to disable battery health management

Note that this is only advised for users who always charge their MacBooks, even while using. Here's how you can turn that option off:

  1. Open the System Preferences from the Dock or the Apple menu.
  2. Click on Energy Saver.
  3. Choose the Battery Health option.
  4. Deselect Battery Health Management, then hit OK.

The Downside

One of the best features of the new "battery health management" is its ability to prevent your MacBook from fully charging when your device is plugged in all the time. According to Apple, this should improve the longevity of your battery.

Nevertheless, Apple has some warnings to those who will take advantage of the new battery management feature. The company shared that when battery health management is turned on, your MacBook's battery's maximum charging capacity might be limited in the process. Consequently, the limited maximum capacity might eventually update your battery status menu to indicate a need to service your battery.

Which MacBooks support the new "Battery Health Management"?

To take advantage of macOS Catalina 10.15.5's new "battery health management" feature, one must have a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air which supports Thunderbolt 3.

Currently, these Mac models sport Thunderbold 3 ports:

  • MacBook Pro, introduced in 2016 or later
  • MacBook Air, introduced in 2018 or later
  • iMac, introduced in 2017 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac mini, introduced in 2018
  • Mac Pro, introduced in 2019

While the new "battery health management" feature breathes new hope for battery-dependent users in the long run, there is still a tradeoff that comes with it- that is a slightly lower charge capacity. But if it means fewer battery replacements in the future, this tradeoff seems to be a fair one.

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