Outlet, Coconut Battery and more: restore MacBook battery life

With the update to macOS Sierra 10.12.2 on December 13, 2016, Apple removed the battery life display from the MacBook, also because it (e) does not always work very accurately. With apps like Outlet or Coconut battery and in other ways, the percentage of the Apple laptop battery can be displayed again. I would like to introduce you to a few simple options here.

The display of the remaining battery life was removed with the macOS update in December 2016. Here there are

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Update to macOS Sierra 10.12.2 removed the battery life display

Display of the remaining battery life of the MacBook or MacBook Pro is certainly a controversial topic. For one, the bar in the battery symbol, which decreases with appropriate use, is enough, others want to receive a time value. With the update of the current operating system of the laptop in December 2016, Apple took away the latter option. In addition to the elimination of some graphic errors and other bugs and loopholes, this change is probably the most controversial; even if the display of the remaining battery life was and still is considered to be rather imprecise.

Michael Goebel outlet: macOS app for MacBook (Pro)

With “Outlet”, the Berlin developer Michael Goebel (still) delivered an app for macOS with which you can restore the capacity display of the MacBook battery. You can find the download of the 5 MB additional program here on the developer's site. After the installation, all you have to do is click on the battery symbol in the menu bar of the operating system - and you will be informed of the estimated remaining battery life.

The macOS App Outlet again shows you the estimated remaining life of the MacBook battery. (Image: createlivelove.com)

The macOS App Outlet again shows you the estimated remaining life of the MacBook battery. (Image: createlivelove.com)

Coconut Battery for even more information about the battery

The app "Coconut battery“Can also be used to create a estimated remaining battery life of an Apple mobile device. In addition to the MacBook and MacBook Pro, the app has also been developed for iOS, i.e. for devices such as the iPhone and iPad. But not only the remaining battery life is displayed. These are the features in the overview:

  • Age of the Mac or iOS device and its batteries
  • How often the battery has already been charged
  • Battery capacity or estimated remaining time
  • And a few more functions

You can also download the extension on the side of coconut flavor.

The macOS app Coconut Battery shows a number of values ​​from which you can read out the remaining runtime of the MacBook. (Image: coconut-flavour.com)

The macOS app Coconut Battery shows a number of values ​​from which you can read out the remaining runtime of the MacBook. (Image: coconut-flavour.com)

iStat Menus, HelloBattery and many more solutions

In addition to the two aforementioned solutions to the problem described, there are also iStat Menus, a combination of a whole range of monitoring options with which you can monitor various values ​​directly in the menu bar of the Mac. This also includes the remaining battery life. Details and the download you can find here.

HelloBattery is only a small program in comparison; but open source and including the code download it from GitHub. Then there is also the app Battery Guardwhich you can download from iTunes or the Mac App Store - for example right here.

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Battery capacity on MacBook (Pro): opinions and solutions

Do you use a MacBook with the latest versions of the available operating systems from Apple? How much does the removal of the remaining time bother you with regard to the battery? Did you find an app to solve the problem through this article or can you recommend one of them or another one? I look forward to your opinions and experiences. Feel free to leave a comment! :)

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