One of the most dangerous error one can receive on his/her Macbook is of “Service battery”. It can show up suddenly and unexpectedly. Even if your hefty amount laptop is just been out of the box for just a couple of months. One simply cannot predict when this service error will pop up on their screen. As it is the same case with all the laptops, batteries are one of the most essential as well as an expensive part of a laptop, And it is also one of that component of the laptop that cannot be serviced.
Either one has to use their laptop as a desktop by plugging it all the time or get the battery replaced because when a lithium-ion battery is finished it is finished for life. Apart from that, is “Service battery” warning a real issue? Do you have any other option than getting the battery replaced? well, in this article we’ll be explaining to you about what are the available options you have other than getting your battery replaced in order for you to fix the warning message.
The battery warning sign may have arisen due to many reasons, although, if the warning still persists after trying all the solution stated in this article, you may wanna head down to the official apple authorized service centre and get your Macbook checked thoroughly.
So, let’s get started.
The Three Stages Of Battery Condition In A Macbook
As of the Macbook itself, it provides its users with 3 main battery conditions in order for them, to keep a check on their battery status. Although one doesn’t know when the “Service Battery” error will pop up, Macbook does provide users with warning messages which they can use to predict the “Service Battery” error.
Therefore, these 3 conditions are as follows:
This is the first and most common condition of them all. This tells the user that the Macbook’s battery is just fine and is working in a full effect or simpler words, in a normal condition. So, when this message is there in your battery status menu, you don’t have to worry about the battery.
- Replace Soon:
This error message occurs in the battery status menu when your battery is still working in full effect but may potentially lose its ability to charge pretty soon, meaning that you may have to head down to an authorized apple service centre and get that battery replaced.
- Service Battery:
This is the final and the last warning message in the battery status menu and occurs only when the battery is in critical condition and needs to be serviced soon indicating that you may head down to the service centre as soon as possible and get the battery serviced.
Therefore, the above context states the 3 different stages of the battery condition in the battery status menu, although the meaning stated above is completely based on the information provided by Apple itself.
According to the Apple support community page, the problems are likely to concern with software updates and a bug, poor battery management and maintenance, strange battery performance, or simply the need to replace the battery itself.
How to Fix Service Battery Warning on Macbook?
Stated below are different solutions for you to fix Service Battery warning error in your Macbook, Although even after using all the solution stated below if the problem persists, you may have a need to run down to the Authorized Apple service center and get your Macbook, as well as battery, checked up.
Solution 1: Checking The Cycle Count
Every Macbook contains a battery cycle count which generally states the amount of 100% – 0% uses the battery has before the overall battery life starts to degrade. keep in mind, the latest the Macbook, better the battery and higher the cycle count.
Once the cycle count of the Macbook’s battery hits the end mark, the “Service Battery” error is then pretty common to occur, although you can keep a track over the cycle count in the macOS itself. To open the Battery information tab, press and hold “Options” key on the keyboard and click the Apple menu logo, then simply click the “system information” tab. Now scroll down on the pane present on the left side of the screen and click on the “Hardware” tab. Now the relevant battery information will appear on your screen, this section contains all the useful information about your battery and its cycle count.
Therefore, you can check whether your cycle count is exceeding to the one listed on the apple support page or not. if yes, then that will explain the “Service Battery” error, although if you think that your cycle count is way higher than it should be than follow up on to the next solution.
Solution 2: Resetting The System Management Controller
The next solution to the “Service Battery” error is by resetting the System Management Controller (SMC), Therefore, below are the steps on how you can reset you SMC in a Macbook, kindly follow up the following steps:
1. The first step is to shut down your computer.
2. Now simply plug in the power adapter to your computer and in the power outlet to power up your computer system.
3. Simply press “SHIFT” + “CTRL” + “OPTIONS” keys and the power button simultaneously, and after that release all the keys including power button at the same time.
4. After the procedure is complete, kindly press the power button and turn on your system. And check the “Service Battery” it should be fixed.
However, resetting the SMC fixes the problem, although if the “Service Battery” error persists, then you might wanna check the next solution.
Solution 3: Relcalibrating The Batter
Now for the last option, you are left with is of recalibrating the battery of the Macbook. Keep in mind this method generally takes hours, however, it will really get rid of the “Service Battery” problem, and that to Apple also suggests the users carry out this method every few months for them to take care of the battery performance. However, the intervals are completely dependent on how the computer is used.
Kindly follow the below-stated steps to carry out the procedure of recalibrating the battery.
1. First, completely charge your battery to 100% and make sure that the Magsafe light ring charging jack is lit with a green light which represents the full charge.
2. Now when the computer is fully charged, keep using the computer while the Magsafe is still plugged in, do this for about 2 hours. Now simply plug out the MagSafe and keep using your computer until the battery runs out, and you’ll be displayed with the low battery warning on the battery status menu. The Mac will sleep automatically without any warning. Once the Mac sleeps, kindly switch it off.
3. Now all you have to do is wait for five hours, and after that connect the Mac to the power adapter or MagSafe and simply charge it. This procedure will recalibrate your Mac’s battery.
Therefore, the end result will be the “Service Battery” warning getting disappeared and the status go back to being good. Although, if this method also, doesn’t seem to work, then you don’t have any choice but to head down to the Apple authorized service centre and get the battery checked up.
As for the article concludes, “Service Battery” error is something might not want to ignore since it can cause a major issue and you might end up getting the battery replaced, although you can try the above-stated solutions in order to get rid of the “Service Battery” error.
Apart from that, if none of the stated methods works for you which generally tend to solve the issue, but somehow it doesn’t work for you, Then you have no other option but to head down to the Apple authorized service centre and get the battery checked up, there might be a chance of getting the battery replaced.
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