Show Remaining Battery Life in the Mac OS X Menu Bar
I recently got a MacBook Air 11.6″ and while showing it to a friend they complained that they can’t see the remaining battery life with the press of a button like you can on the MacBook Pro. This is true, but what you can do is set the Mac OS X menu bar to show remaining battery life as either a time or percentage.
- Click on the Battery icon in the upper right corner
- Pull down to ‘Show’ and select ‘Time’ or ‘Percentage’
This provides you with a continuous update on battery life and works on any of the Mac notebook lineups. I find time remaining to be most informative.
You can also use the time remaining gauge as an indicator of a runaway process that could drain your battery life, like Flash in an inactive browser tab. I’ve been trying to achieve the 7 hour battery life but so far the highest I can hit on this MacBook Air is about 5 hours with light use.