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Battery Issues With Your Macbook? Check Your Power Wattage


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Problem

Summary

Your Macbook won’t keep it’s charge while you’re using it.

It may charge up overnight, but it can’t keep up during the day.

You likely run a lot of processes whilst using your mac, including, but not limited to:

  • Multiple Chrome & Brave instances
  • Microservices
  • VS Code
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • Spotify
  • iTerm2
  • Trello
  • Discord
  • Postman
  • Postgres
  • MySQL
  • SQS
  • ToDo
  • Skype (don’t ask)
  • Whatsapp Desktop
  • … & some others from time to time.

Alas, your Macbook doesn’t want to play nice anymore.


Solution

Summary

  1. Coconut. A neat little app that runs diagnostics checks on your battery, it’s completely free and gives a good insight to the state of the internal battery in a mac.
  2. Check your Macbook power supply. In the case of a work Macbook, you may have ended up with the wrong power supply for your Macbook. If this is the case, you’ve reached a point where your Macbook needs more juice from the power than it can physically get.

To find your expected Mac wattage go to Apple -> System Preferences -> System Report -> Power and look at the AC Charger Information

Mac Power Info

Problem Solved?

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