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How to find out your Mac and MacBook battery cycle count

MacBook battery cycle count

The life expectancy of a MacBook battery is mostly based on the battery cycle count. Once the MacBook battery cycle count has reached the limit set out by Apple (between 300 - 1000), the battery is considered to be at the end of it's life.

? What happens when the Mac battery cycle count reaches the limit?

As the battery gets cycled, it's performance gradually gets worse. Once the limit set by the manufacturer is reached, you'll notice that the battery depletes rapidly. At this stage, you'll typically only be able to get 1 - 2 hours out of your battery life.

? How to determine a MacBook’s battery cycle count

To check your MacBook's cycle count, go to:

> About This Mac > System Report

Then within the System Information window:

Select "Power", located under the left Hardware tab

 

Once you've completed the above steps, you will see the following window:

? How is a battery cycle calculated?

As you use your Mac notebook battery, charge cycles are accumulated (unless you use BatteryBox). A charge cycle means a full discharge of your battery from 100% to 0%. If you use 50% of your battery one day, then charge it fully, you've only used half a charge cycle. In this example, a full charge cycle will occur once you've again discharged your battery another 50%.

ie. if you use only 50% of your battery, you've only used 1/2 of a charge cycle.

Once you've reached your device's charge cycle limit, it's recommended you replace your battery.

? Cycle count limit for different MacBooks

 

Computer Maximum Cycle Count
MacBook
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)
1000
MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008) 500
MacBook (Mid 2009)
MacBook (Early 2009)
MacBook (Late 2008)
MacBook (Early 2008)
MacBook (Late 2007)
MacBook (Mid 2007)
MacBook (Late 2006)
MacBook (13-inch)
300
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
MacBook pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
1000
MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008) 500
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy)
MacBook Pro (15-inch)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHz)
MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (17-inch)
300
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
1000
MacBook Air (Mid 2009) 500
MacBook Air (Late 2008)
MacBook Air
300