No matter how great the build-quality of Apple is, MacBooks at the end of the day are machines and machines tend to break down. Ergo, your MACBOOK PRO A1342 breaking down is an inevitability that you must be prepared for all the time.
The battery of your MacBook Pro is by far the most likely component of your device that will break down. Once your MacBook Pro battery has broken down, it can no longer be used and needs to be immediately replaced with a new battery.
A new and fresh battery is an amazing way to breathe a gust of life into your old MacBook. But before you decide on replacing the battery, you first need to understand when to replace the battery.
When Do You Need To Replace Your MacBook Battery?
So how do you figure out that you need to replace your MacBook battery? The first thing you need to do is check your MacBook’s battery status to see if you need a replacement. The simplest way to do this, is by holding the Option Key and clicking on the battery percentage icon in your menu bar on the top of your screen.
What Are The MacBook Battery Conditions?
Once you check your MACBOOK PRO A1342’s you’ll see one of the following conditions that your battery is in;
- Normal: Your battery doesn’t need replacement.
- Replace Soon: The battery holds less charge than it did when it was new.
- Replace Now: Your battery hold significantly less charge than its original capacity.
- Service Battery: The system has detected a fault with your battery.
The above four conditions should give you a decent amount of information on whether or not your MACBOOK PRO A1342 needs a battery replacement. But if you want to dig deeper and get a more comprehensive reason, then you can view the exact number of charge and discharge cycles your battery has gone through. To do this:
- Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Select About This Mac, then System Report.
- Click Power on the left sidebar, then scroll down to Cycle Count.
- macOS System Report Battery Cycles
This number indicates how many times your batter has gone from 100% to 0%. This data also includes full cycles, for example if your battery had dropped to 50%, then you plugged it in and charged it back to 100%. Now if I had let it drop to 50% again and charged it again then it would be counted as one cycle.
The cycle count of your MACBOOK PRO A1342 should give you a decent idea of how long your battery has remaining before needing change. Every MacBook has a varying rating for cycle counts, so you’ll need to cross-reference your result with the data on Apple’s battery support page.
In the end, if you’ve noticed your battery life has become significantly worse of late, you may decide that it’s time for a replacement anyway. Use your own judgement to weigh if the cost is worth it to you.