How to check your laptop’s battery cycle count. Why is it so important?
If you only read the title of this post, you'd think we're going to be discussing how much of a charge your laptop's battery has left. However, this isn't the case because battery cycle and battery % aren't interchangeable terms.
Removable and fixed laptop batteries are, as you probably know, consumables. Their performance declines over time, even if they continue to work for several years. In a word, your laptop battery will no longer perform as well as it did when you first got it after 2 to 3 years.
This tutorial will teach you how to properly care for your laptop's battery, regardless of whether you use a Mac or a Windows computer.
What does it mean when you say a battery has been cycled?
With this knowledge, you'll be better prepared to understand the term "battery cycle count," which simply refers to one complete discharge from 100 to 0 percent of a battery's charge.
Regardless matter whether your battery is detachable or not, battery cycles let you decide if you should buy a new one or remain with the current one. Essentially, the battery cycle count is the number of times your battery has gone through a cycle..
When your laptop isn't connected to a charger, your battery's cycle count is lower, which means it'll last longer.
What is the process through which a battery is recharged?
Take for instance that you have a 100 percent completely charged laptop battery and spend days without charging a depletes your laptop battery to zero or even up to 20 and 40% then it is recognised as one battery cycle.
Let's say you use your laptop for a short time while it's powered by a battery, and the battery drains to 60% before you recharge it. This won't be considered one cycle. The first cycle will be completed if you repeat the process.
Eventually, once battery cycles are completed and your battery stops working properly, you will have to go to a computer store and buy a new one. If you don't, you'll probably brick your computer.
Checking your laptop's battery cycle count – Windows edition
Using 'Command Prompt' or 'Windows Powershell' on a Windows laptop will let you see how much battery life is left. If you're having trouble finding it, try typing Command Prompt into the search box on your desktop.
Enter the following command at the command prompt once it is open:
battery report with powercfg
Next, use File Explorer to navigate to your user folder and hunt for a file called 'battery-report.html,' whose address is displayed in the Command Prompt window as follows:.
Open your usual internet browser and you'll notice some information about your laptop once you've located the HTML file. If there are any installed batteries, go to "Design Capacity" and "Full Charge Capacity" after finding the "Installed batteries" on the bottom of the page.
This is the original maximum charge your battery could hold when you bought it, whereas 'Full Charge Capacity' is the maximum charge it can hold currently.
If the two numbers are equal or nearly equal, your battery is in good condition. With that said, if your battery capacity is less than half of what it was designed for, then you should be concerned because its health has deteriorated significantly.
Your laptop battery's "Cycle Count," as previously stated, is the number of times it's been charged.
If you don't see a 'cycle count' category in the battery report file and it's a battery driver, check to see if your drivers have been updated.
How to find out how many times your laptop's battery has been used? - Mac version
It's far easier to find out how long your battery lasts on a Mac than it is on a PC because all it takes is one search. Instead of clicking the Apple logo and selecting "System Information," you can simply hit the Spotlight key on your MacBook and it will bring up the Spotlight menu (it would be on the F4 key).
You can check all the information regarding your MacBook's battery and the number of cycles utilised by opening Spotlight and typing in 'System Information.' Then go to the 'Power' section, as seen below.
When is it time to get a new laptop battery?
Most batteries last up to 500 cycles before needing to be replaced (and some last even longer), but the most recent MacBooks, in particular, have batteries that last up to 1000 cycles.
After a certain number of cycles, your battery will still work, but it will be less efficient and run out more quickly.
What is the best way to keep your battery's cycle count high?
This is a common concern, as no one wants to reach 500 or 1000 cycles in such a short period of time. The easiest approach to keep your battery healthy is to make sure it is mostly charged when you have access to a charging port.
For those who prefer not to be so reliant on their laptop's power cord when they are out and about or don't have access to a convenient power outlet, they may want to try running their laptop on battery.
In the event that you are a person who works remotely from home, you may want to think about charging your laptop every day and discharging it once per week. Discharging is the process of completely draining your battery.
Don't change your battery and see what happens.
Of course, we expect our laptops to perform at their best all the time, but like with other gadgets, that's not realistic. If you don't replace your battery, the worst-case situation is that your laptop's battery will run out of power in 1 to 2 hours no matter how much you charge it.
All laptops contain rechargeable batteries that can be depleted over time, regardless of whether they run Windows or Mac OS X.
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