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Should You Keep Your MacBook Always Plugged In?

It's likely that you always keep your MacBook plugged in if you use it in the same place. Doing that saves you the hassle of connecting and disconnecting your MacBook charger throughout the day to keep your MacBook charged up. But, what happens if you always keep your Macbook plugged in? Will it be bad for your MacBook?

The short answer is yes, it is bad for the MacBook battery.

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Why Is It Harmful to Keep Your MacBook Charged?

If you leave your MacBook (no matter the version) plugged in all the time, its battery suffers wear from being charged to full. The maximum charged capacity decreases over time, and you lose many minutes - even hours - of usable time. It is just a characteristic of the lithium-ion batteries found in laptops and nearly all modern electronics.

It can cause your MacBook to heat up more quickly

Overheating is what can cause MacBook battery life to depreciate much quicker. Ensuring your MacBook doesn’t overheat will prolong your MacBook battery life and the overall health of your laptop.

It might reduce the battery’s maximum charging capacity

You may find that when you do decide to run it off the battery, it doesn’t last nearly as long as it used to. This is why it is generally a good idea to avoid leaving your battery sitting at 100% for too long. This is especially significant if you run your MacBook with graphically or memory-intensive apps.

The overall chargingcould be reduced

The maximum amount of power the battery can provide to a MacBook might reduce from the rated amount as time passes by.

Notes on Charging Your MacBook

It is one of the biggest fears for MacBook users to damage this precious device. MacBooks are excellent for work, which is why people tend to leave them on their desks plugged in. With such a large investment, it is very important to develop some good MacBook charging habits that will help you get the most out of your MacBook.

Use Optimized Charging

Your MacBook has an optimized charging mode. It allows you to preserve your battery life by learning your charging habits and adjusting your charging behavior accordingly. If you frequently leave your MacBook connected to power for long periods, this can be a useful way to avoid damaging the battery.

Don't Keep Your MacBook Charged All the Time

For best results, run the cell down to 40 percent before charging it back up to around 80 percent. This ensures that the battery won’t be overstressed by the high voltage required to reach 90 or 100 percent capacity. It takes effort to manage your battery carefully, and most MacBook owners dont need to get too in-depth. Simply take your MacBook off the charger for a few hours a day if youre desk-bound. That youll avoid some of the premature aging caused by high voltage.

Avoid Exposing Your MacBook to Extreme Temperatures

Generally, extreme temperatures are harmful to your MacBook. Its fairly common knowledge that extreme heat is bad for technology. You should ensure your MacBook isnt exposed to extreme temperatures while charging.

Recommended AlDente Pro to Manage Charging

The app allows you to set a charging limit at a percentage of your choosing, preventing your MacBook from fully charging. This is 80 percent by default.

Check the Condition of Your Macbook Battery

To learn your power usage patterns and how to optimize them, keep an eye on your battery health in the System Preferences Energy Saver pane.

Fully Charged and Discharged

Whether you use your Macbook frequently or only occasionally, it is recommended to charge and discharge your Macbook at least once a month.

Keeping your Mac plugged in all the time is not good for the battery. When charging your Macbook for the first time, it must reach 100% before you unplug the adapter.

It is not a good habit to use the battery very low or exhausted frequently, and over-discharge will damage the battery. If you find that the battery icon is red, you should consider charging it as soon as possible. It is best to keep the battery level around 20% to 80% at all times, and the ideal battery status is 80%.

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