Safety tips to avoid Mac battery exploding issues
MacBooks are life-savers. Remember the times when you only had a desktop in front of you and were so immobile you had to have another desktop in the conference room to do a simple presentation? Thanks to MacBooks, those days are long gone, and now you can work from anywhere at any time.
All this became possible due to massive capability leaps in lithium-ion batteries that MacBooks use. In just a few short years, laptops went from 2–3 hours of battery life to more than 10.
But as the recent scandal — when a MacBook Pro exploded — has shown, batteries do pack some danger alongside all that power. So how do you make sure that your MacBook is safe? Read our step-by-step guide below.
How come MacBook exploded in 2019?
Although MacBooks have an incredibly reliable track record and you never expect anything to go wrong with them, on May 29, 2019, a Twitter user @whitepanda reported that his “MacBook Pro exploded today during normal use” and accompanied the tweet with a photo.
In response, Apple initiated a global recall program for 15-inch MacBooks manufactured in mid-2015. No other models have been affected. Yet. Since you never know ahead of time what might happen to your Mac, it’s good to take some precautionary steps.
See whether you qualify for recall
First thing first, check whether your Mac model falls under Apple’s recall program:
- Click the Apple icon in the menu bar > About This Mac.
- Write down your Serial Number.
- Visit Apple’s recall program page > paste your serial number and Submit.
If your Mac is in the recall cohort, follow the web page's instructions to send it back to Apple. If not — great! Let’s just make sure you take proper care of your battery.
Service your Mac’s battery properly
Even though the chances of your Mac battery being faulty are quite low, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to follow a few widely accepted safety rules:
- Never replace your battery at a service center not verified by Apple. You never know where they get their replacement parts from and what processes they have in place.
- Do see a specialist when your battery service notification turns on. Aging batteries are statistically more prone to malfunction.
- If your Mac gets too hot too often or has a burning smell — surprise! — it’s a red flag.
- Try to generally put your Mac on a hard surface, where it would have little chance of burning everything down should a disaster strike.
Monitor your Mac’s performance
In most cases, you should be able to see some warning signs way before the possibility of your Mac battery exploding. So it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how your Mac is performing at any given time. Things like a high percentage of CPU being used, RAM being overloaded, certain apps consuming too much of your battery life could indicate a problem.
There’s a built-in utility in macOS called Activity Monitor that allows you to see all the vital stats at once:
- Go to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.
- Navigate between CPU, Memory, and Energy tabs to see how your Mac is performing.
The downside is that you have to check for the intensive processes in the Activity Monitor regularly, which is not that convenient, and you might even forget to. The solution? CleanMyMac X!
CleanMyMac X is the best Mac optimization software around, which lets you easily scan your Mac for any issues, from malware to heavy email attachments. Additionally, CleanMyMac X has a convenient Menu that quietly lives in your menu bar and alerts you of any issues before you even know it. Here’s how to enable CleanMyMac X Menu:
- Download a free edition of CleanMyMac X.
- Click CleanMyMac X in the menu bar > Preferences.
- Navigate to the Menu tab > Enable CleanMyMac Menu.
Preserve your Mac’s battery for longer
Now that you know how to service your Mac properly and have an easy monitoring solution in place, you’re better off than 90% of Mac users out there. However, you can still get more out of your battery by being a little bit more proactive.
For example, try to turn your screen brightness down just a few bars when not plugged in to ease the strain on your battery. Switching off Bluetooth could also help since your MacBook wouldn’t spend any time monitoring potential connections.
Additionally, explore all the options in your Mac’s Battery menu:
- Launch System Preferences > Battery.
- Choose Battery from the left-side menu.
- Check “Slightly dim the display while on battery power.”
- See whether it makes sense for you to keep the Power Nap option activated.
- Position the “Turn display off after” slider somewhere between 1 and 15 minutes (the shorter, the better).
- Implement changes in both Battery and Power Adapter tabs.
Since most of your battery is drained by power-hungry apps, it’s good to know which ones those are to be able to restart them in time. CleanMyMac X can be instrumental here with its Heavy Consumers monitoring:
- Open CleanMyMax X (or download a free edition).
- Navigate to the Optimization tab under Speed.
- Click Heavy Consumers.
- See which apps are wasting too much of your Mac’s resources, select them, and Quit.
Now, when you’re sure that your Mac is not for a recall yet and you know to service your battery only with licensed dealers, and you get how to monitor your Mac’s health and use all tips to your advantage, you don’t have to worry about what to do if your MacBook exploded. The key here is to make full use of the automatic tools to help you without you spending any extra time. In this regard, CleanMyMac X is the perfect tool for keeping your sanity intact.