Apple launched OS X Mavericks this week for all iMac and Macbook owners. It's the best OS the company has released yet. Unfortunately, users still struggle with problems related to battery life. Mavericks has a few important features that can preserve a charge. Here are the top five tips you need to know on how to save battery power.
1. Do Not Charge Computers Frequently
This will probably be the best advice you'll get. Simple but effective. Tim Cook was particularly proud of the program when introduced it back at WWDC 2013 and considers the power saving features the best you'll have. It's important to let your laptop gradually lose power instead of panicking every time the battery dips below 30%. Charging a Macbook too much will do a lot of damage to the battery core. This can prevent some of the features embedded in Mavericks from working properly.
2. App Nap Is A Perfect Tool To Keep A Charge
Similar to phones, desktop apps can keep running in the background after using them which quietly drains chunks of the battery. App Nap is a new tool embedded in Mavericks. The feature actively scans which program is devouring energy and lets you know how to shut it down. Apple's algorithm for this detects that and will close it down for me. However, App Nap can have the adverse effect in which its whole purpose of saving power can actually DRAIN it while searching for these programs.
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4. Check The Activity Monitor Status
The Activity Monitor is self-explanatory. It gives you insight into which app is consuming the most power. Of course, most people won't delve into that so check to see what the biggest drain on your battery is on the top right. As you can see above, Google Chrome is the source of the bleeding for me. If you're getting concerned, simply shut them off the right way. "No Apps Using Significant Energy" will appear occasionally so if you're fortunate enough to have that appear at the top then there is nothing to worry about.
5. Streamline The Services You Need To Use
The power saving program suite encased within Mavericks is awesome but Apple's approach to power consumption can be tedious. Everyone will get stuck in a situation where they may be rushing to meet a deadline while trying to beat the steady subtraction of energy from their Macbook. Access the activity monitor and arrange which programs are the most important to use. Once you quickly complete that task, App nap and the other features will kick in preserving power for an extended period of time. I'd love to hear about any secret features that you may find so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.