When you plug your MacBook’s power adapter in and its light turns amber, your system’s battery should charge; however, there may be times when this does not occur, and upon clicking the Battery menu you will see a notice that says “Battery Not Charging.” Despite this, the system will work fine as long as the power is plugged in, but if you disconnect power then the battery will progressively drain. Continue reading
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Troubleshoot and manage high battery usage in iOS 9
Having long battery life is important for your iPhone, so it may be frustrating if you are seeing your battery levels dropping rapidly instead of giving you the 10+ hours usage you expect. In these cases, there are several things you can do to help and troubleshoot the problem, especially true if you have upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9, where new services can help you track possible battery drains. Continue reading
No charger? How to save your battery in iOS 9
Besides the current time, your iPhone or iPad’s battery level is perhaps one of the more monitored details of your device. This may especially be true if you regularly find yourself in locations without a charger. At first you may not care too much when the little battery indicator is green, but as you progress through the day you might find yourself watching the indicator a bit more. Here are some tips that can help you better manage and optimize your battery life. Continue reading
Apple Updates AppleCare+ for Apple Watch: Covering greater charge ranges
Apple has updated its AppleCare+ protection plan for the Apple Watch, claiming it will replace batteries free of charge if they do not hold at least 80% of its original charge level. This changes from the original AppleCare+ plan that only addressed batteries that would not hold 50% of their original charge. Continue reading
Family Sharing may be draining your iPhone’s battery
If your iPhone is suddenly not holding its charge, then the problem may be stemming from the use of Apple’s Family Sharing service.
Being a fairly generic problem, battery drain on an iPhone can happen from a number of different reasons, and while potential causes include worn out or damaged batteries not being able to hold a charge, this generally progresses over time and is more prevalent with older devices. Continue reading
How to get the most out of your Apple Watch’s battery
One of the controversial issues about the new Apple Watch is its battery life, where unlike other smart watch offerings that give you days of use, the battery is slated to last about a day before you need to charge it; however, this is only under a generalized usage condition. Under heavy usage, the battery is claimed to last 5 hours. While these claims are out by Apple, as with its MacBook batteries, those interested in the Apple Watch will likely view this with a skeptical eye and be truly interested in how long the watch will last, both under their desired uses, and over time. Here is a more in depth breakdown of what to expect from the Apple Watch’s battery. Continue reading
Force-quit processes to fix a hot Mac with blaring fans
Your MacBook has limited battery life, so what do you do when your system’s fans suddenly crank on at full tilt, and you notice that your system is getting hotter and hotter to the touch? Generally this happens when you are in the middle of your work where you have a number of programs and windows open. You may also see the battery life remaining on your system drop to an hour or two at most when you expected to have quite a few more. In addition to a hot system, you may also notice slowdowns with other tasks you attempt to perform, though this will depend on the task and might not always be the case. Continue reading
Eight Battery Saving settings for your iPhone and iPad
Apple touts significant battery lives for its iPhones and iPads, where you ought to be able to get about 10-14 hours of continuous use, and between 10-16 days of standby time out of them. While these values are expected to vary significantly depending on your specific uses, unless you are running highly processing-intensive programs all the time, then you ought to be able to get acceptable battery life out of your iPhone or iPad. Continue reading
Tackle iOS 8 Wi-Fi and Battery woes
Apple’s iOS 8 was just released, and as with most initial releases, it has not come without a few bugs. While the OS includes a number of new features like the QuickType keyboard, once installed some people are finding some small issues with VPN connections, inability to access voicemail or enter iCloud keychain verification codes, and videos not playing in Safari, among others. However, two issues that appear to be outstanding are Wi-Fi connectivity problems where systems are hanging or running very slow when connected to Wi-Fi, and having exceptionally short battery lives. Continue reading
What apps are killing your battery life?
While Apple touts 7-9 hour battery lives for its various portable products, MacBook owners will know that sometimes this simply is not the case. Even though you might not be doing any active work in power-hungry programs, you might see your battery life plummet and only last a couple of hours at most.
If this happens, then there are several things you can do, with one quick option being to Continue reading