As we were preparing to leave for Austin last week, I prepped my MacBook Pro for the flight ahead. We agreed that the best way to distract Isabella for a couple of hours would be to play her favorite movie, “Finding Nemo”, which she calls “Fish! Fish!”
However, I knew that playing the DVD in the notebook would burn up battery life like crazy so I ripped it to my hard drive. (Yes, I own the DVD and I had it on me at all times.) This way I could run it from the hard drive and not the electricity-sapping DVD drive. Yet, even so I had still disturbingly short battery life on the MacBook. As in less than 2 hours on a full charge. What gives?
I figured out what gives when we arrived in Austin. I started the neat little application Coconut Battery that tells you the original maximum capacity of the battery and the current maximum capacity. It’s a fact of rechargeable batteries that over time they eventually lose capacity. But in the space of 9 months my battery had been reduced to just about 50 percent capacity!
Thankfully, there is an Apple Store near my in-laws’ home at a new chic shopping center called The Domain. I made an appointment at the Genius Bar and my mother-in-law graciously drove me the next morning.
Incidentally, I love going to the Genius Bar and showing off my Mac ninja moves to the Genius and having him get all impressed at at the level of my Mac wizardry. Does my geek cred good.
Anyway, he checked the number of charging cycles on my battery, only 79, and said that a normal wear and tear for a battery with only 50% capacity should happen at about 300 cycles or more. That meant a free replacement battery. Whee!
Unfortunately, none were in stock so I’d have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday. Then, that afternoon I got a call. They got a shipment that day. Yay!
So here I have a brand new notebook battery with hours and hours of off-the-grid power, all thanks to Apple standing behind its products and their excellent customer service. Apple Store FTW!