A portable Mac has one crucial component to watch out for: the battery. One of the ways to do this is to check the battery cycles of our Mac, a variable that tells us how much use we have given it and how long it can last. Because batteries wear out and have a limited lifespan, although under normal conditions they will last for many years.
This is a very similar situation to where we saw how to find out iPhone battery cycles. For Macs released in the last 6 or 7 years, Apple estimates 1,000 battery cycles before dropping below 80% of its original capacity. Keep this in mind in case you might claim a replacement before the warranty expires.
How to Know My Mac’s Battery Cycles Quickly
The fastest way to check your Mac’s battery cycle count is to use the System Report. To do this, simply follow these steps:
Click the apple in the menu and choose About This Mac On the General tab, choose System Report. In the Power section, we will look for the Number of cycles section.
Next to it there will be a number, which tells us how many battery charge cycles our Mac has.
How to find out battery cycles via Terminal
So far the fast version. For those more inclined to dig into Terminal, there is a command that lets us know the number of battery charge cycles. Just follow these steps:
Press cmd + spacebar and type Terminal. Open the app that appears in the list or suggestion. Type the following “ioreg -l -w0 | grep Capacity” without the quotes and press Enter. Search for the text “CycleCountLastQmax” without the quotes.
There will be a number after this word which will be your Mac’s battery cycles.
Use CoconutBattery to Know Mac Battery Cycles
The third option falls on the third-party application CoconutBattery, which is free to download. All you have to do is download this application, place it in the Applications folder and open it to show us the load cycles of our Mac. The section that interests us is “Cycle Count”, where we will see the cycles below.
As we can see, through all the captures we have detailed in this article, Mac battery charge cycles coincide at 50 cycles. Not bad at all for a MacBook Air M1 bought in July 2021 and used almost daily since. At this rate, I will reach 1000 cycles in about 9 or 10 years.