Is My New Macbook Air Battery Not Charging?
If your new Macbook Air battery isn’t charging, it might be due to the condition of the old one. If you’re experiencing this problem, follow these steps to resolve the problem:
Resetting the system management controller
Resetting the system management controller (SMC) on your Mac is a simple way to solve your battery problem. This chip on the logic board controls the Mac’s power management. Typically, it can be reset by restarting your Mac.
If it cannot be reset by restarting, you may need to go to an Apple Store or use AppleCare. If you’ve tried a number of other solutions without success, check out these three methods.
Resetting the SMC can fix a number of problems on your Mac. While a reboot may sound drastic, it won’t wipe out your data.
You can check the T2 security chip from the Apple menu. You can then select “Battery” from the menu to confirm that the battery is properly charged. This process also fixes any other problems with the battery.
Be careful not to over-reset the SMC because you might lose important settings such as power saving mode.
Checking the condition of your MacBook battery
The first step in troubleshooting a new MacBook battery issue is to check the battery connector. If there is any residue, remove it and clean it.
The MacBook battery connector uses SM-bus data lines and current-sensing circuits to measure battery health. When a new battery has less than 50% capacity, it will need to be replaced.
The battery information will also appear in the notifications area of the MacBook.
To see what the exact message means, check the MacBook battery information section of the device’s system settings.
If this does not help, try removing any heat-insulating items from the battery. This can lead to a faulty logic board.
You can also try to reinstall Mac OS X. This process should fix the problem. If the problem persists, try to shut down the Mac from the Apple menu by pressing Control-Shift-Option, and hold down the power button for five seconds.
Cleaning the MagSafe Power Connector
If the MagSafe connector on your new macbook air is not charging, the issue could be with the adapter. Clean it out thoroughly by gently removing the old adapter and the pins.
If this doesn’t solve the problem, contact Apple support and ask them to repair the adapter. If the problem persists, you may want to replace the adapter. The problem can also be caused by a dirty connector.
- To clean the MagSafe connector, you must remove any debris that has accumulated in the socket.
- A little dust can prevent the MagSafe connector from properly charging your MacBook.
- To clean it, you will need a soft cloth and an antistatic brush. Don’t use a metal object, as it can damage the connector.
- After cleaning the connector, make sure the adapter is completely dry before you use it again.
Resetting the SMC after installing a new battery
If your Mac’s SMC has been locked since you installed a new battery, you may need to reset it. To do this, shut-down the computer and press the power button for at least 10 seconds.
Holding the power button will force your Mac to restart and shut down.
If your Mac doesn’t start after this, you might need to perform a hard reset. This process is effective only on Macs that don’t have Apple T2 security chip.
Resetting the SMC is not as easy as it might sound. You need to remove the battery and power adaptor before you can proceed with this process.
Holding the power button for five seconds should discharge any remaining electric energy in the SMC capacitors. You can then wait for a few minutes for the process to fully discharge the capacitors. After the procedure, reinstall the battery. Alternatively, you can try to reset the PRAM.
PRAM stores user-defined data that can cause a MacBook to slow down or not charge at all.
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