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MacOS menu bar tool to limit maximum charging percentage
After months of hard work, sweat and countless plates of pasta, we are proud to release the first public version of AlDente Pro.
Thanks to the incredible support of our beta testers, we can now bring AlDente Pro to everyone. You can get it at our new website: https://apphousekitchen.com
The pro version includes many convenient features like Sailing Mode, Heat Protection, Calibration Mode, Shortcuts and many more. On top of all that, it has a beautiful new design that gives you access to all important information at a glance.
If you would like to purchase our app and support further development of both the pro and the free version, head over to AppHouseKitchen!
David & Matthias
Li-ion and polymer batteries (like the one in your MacBook) last the longest when operating between 20 and 60 percent. Keeping your battery at 100% at all times can shorten the lifespan of your MacBook significantly. More information can be found here: https://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_charge_when_to_charge_table
Thanks to Haroon21 for making this awesome video tutorial.
The tool writes the desired value to your MacBooks SMC (System Management Controller), which handles the rest.
For AlDente to work on older MacBooks you have to activate the feature “USE OLD SMC KEY (INTEL)". Allow Discharge is not available on older devices.
You can download the app from GitHub: https://github.com/davidwernhart/AlDente/releases
Simply extract the latest .zip release and drag the App to your Applications Folder.
If you get the annoying
"AlDente cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified" or
"AlDente.app" can’t be opened because Apple can’t check it for malicious software. messages on Catalina, simply navigate to your Applications folder using Finder, right click on AlDente and select
Open. Then you can proceed to start the tool normally.
On the first start, the application is going to ask you to allow installing a helper tool. This is necessary, since writing SMC Keys requires root privileges. Once finished, enter your desired max. charging percentage by clicking on the 🍝 icon on your menu bar.
For some reason, macOS will always try to squeeze in a few more percent than specified by the SMC. For example, if you set yours to 80% it will stop charging at around 83%, so be patient. Strangely, this is not the case using Windows with bootcamp, therefore I have chosen not to correct this inaccuracy in code for now.
Usually, the operating system will take a minute or two registering the changes, so be patient. You can check if it’s working by setting the max. percentage to e.g.: 70%. After a while, clicking on your battery icon will report “Battery is not charging” if you have more than ≈73% left, even though your charger is connected. Notice that in this state, your MacBook is still powered by the charger, but the battery is not charging anymore.
IMPORTANT: Keeping your battery at a lower percentage, such as 20-70%, over weeks without doing full cycles (100%-0%) can result in a disturbed battery calibration. When this happens, your Macbook might turn off with 40-50% left or your battery capacity will drop significantly. However, this is only due to a disturbed battery calibration and not because of a faulty or degraded battery. To avoid this issue, we recommend doing at least one full cycle (0%-100%) every month. Even if your battery calibration gets disturbed, doing 4-5 full cycles will recalibrate your battery and the capacity will go up again.
AlDente does only prevent your Mac from charging more than you specify, it does NOT automatically drain your battery to the specified percentage.
Simply reboot your MacBook! This seems to do the trick for most people.
Make Sure to set your max. charging percentage back to 100 before moving AlDente to the Trash. If you really want to make sure, you can also reset your Mac’s SMC. If you want to also remove the helper tool, take a look at this issue: https://github.com/davidwernhart/AlDente/issues/19.
Yes! Leaving it on results in slow charging, even when AlDente is trying to inhibit it.
When activated, AlDente will use a different pathway to inhibit charging with the benefit of inhibiting charging even if your MacBook is turned off. However, it comes with a tradeoff: The feature “Allow Discharge” is not available when its activated. Furthermore, as the name suggests, this feature is only available on Intel MacBooks.
Unfortunately, while “Allow Discharge” is activated, clamshell mode is not supported due to technical limitations.
Keeping your battery at a lower percentage, such as 20-70%, over weeks without doing full cycles (0%-100%-0%) can result in a disturbed battery calibration. When this happens, your Macbook might turn off with 40-50% left or your battery capacity will drop significantly. However, this is only due to a disturbed battery calibration and not because of a faulty or degraded battery. To avoid this issue, we recommend doing at least one full cycle (0%-100%) every month. Even if your battery calibration gets disturbed, doing 4-5 full cycles will recalibrate your battery and the capacity will go up again.
AlDente is currently in alpha phase and bugs may still be possible. Therefore, I do not take any responsibility for any sort of damage in result of using this tool! Alltough this had no negative side effects for me, AlDente still taps in some very low level system functions that are not ment to be tampered with. Use it at your own risk!
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