So your mac’s battery is broken? Is it not charging? Is it draining too quickly? Does it have a “service battery” message? Let me help you solve all your mac battery problems with these few key battery tips.
What You need:
- “Battery Health” App from the Mac app store
- a Mac
Here’s a quick tip before I get into the real diagnostics. If you have the ambiguous “service battery” message, try a PRAM reset (which can be found in the linked article) before you go through the trouble of bringing it in.
Determining the Problem with our app
Download a free app from the app store called “Battery Health” and open it up.
Things to check
The first thing to look at when you’re checking your battery is your cycles. This gives you an idea of how much wear and tear your battery has incurred. My current computer for example has seen 330 cycles at press time.
Next, take a look at the battery health section. This measures the current capacity of your battery vs its starting point. Anything in the 85-90% range after a year is generally good. This number fluctuates as your computer cycles, but if it dips particularly low, that’s your problem and you may need a new battery.
If your battery issue is localized (i.e only when using a certain app), open that app up and then “Battery Health”. Go to the details section, and observe how the consumption graph changes as you use that app. Also take a peek at the time remaining section. This gives you a good indication of whether a certain app is causing your battery troubles. I found for example, that when testing the Leap Motion, my battery life vs average use was cut by 75%.
Calibration is key
It’s important to fully charge and drain your battery at least once a month. This process, known as calibration, is key to keeping the sensors functioning properly, and to keep the battery at its’ peak health.
Problem not solved?
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Apple’s mail is sufficient for answering and reading emails, but it can be a bit annoying with popups, notifications, and the like. When I went looking for an alternative mac email client, I came across Mailtab Pro for Gmail for mac, available from the Mac app store for $2, and I was thrilled with its’ simplicity and utility.
Mailtab Pro for Gmail is a menu bar application. It really doesn’t do much besides offering a convenient way to use Gmail, but it excels at that, and for only $2 it’s well worth it.
The best thing about Mailtab is its’ convenience. It notifies of new emails, and has a count in the menu bar of messages (which even Apple’s mail doesn’t have) but it stays out of the way until you need it, while still providing data.
Accessing your Gmail is literally as easy as clicking on the little menu bar applet. My favorite part of the app is that it never opens a single window. I usually have around two dozen windows open, multiple browsers, photoshop, and word documents, so my computer is cluttered enough. Mailtab is there when I’m using it, and out of my way gone when I’m not. It’s literally the ultimate convenience.
Feature-wise , Mailtab is literally the same Gmail you access from Gmail.com, with the added convenience of the menu bar access. If you like Gmail.com, you’ll like the interface of Mailtab, and visa versa.
It’s also worth noting that in places where Gmail servers are blocked and traditional email clients don’t work, Mailtab has worked for me.
The only problem with Mailtab is that since it’s essentially just pulling up Gmail.com, there’s no offline access to email. No writing emails beforehand. No checking your mail on a non-wifi-equipped plane. You need the internet, and there’s no way around it.
If you’re looking for convenience and less clutter, this is a great app for you. Mailtab Pro may not have many features, but what it does for my organization is well worth the two dollars it cost me. Well done.
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