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slumpey326
Jul 28, 2012, 05:41 PM
this is kind of annoying, I noticed now with Mountain Lion that you can no longer see the batter time remaining in the Mac Menu bar. Is there a tweak or something to put in terminal to get it back.



Arelunde
Jul 28, 2012, 05:49 PM
Settings (Preferences) > Energy Saving (lightbulb) > Power Adapter > check box by Show battery status in the menu bar

Then right click the battery icon and check "Show percentage"

hafr
Jul 28, 2012, 05:53 PM
Settings (Preferences) > Energy Saving (lightbulb) > Power Adapter > check box by Show battery status in the menu bar

Then right click the battery icon and check "Show percentage"

Percentage isn't time.

wethackrey
Jul 28, 2012, 05:55 PM
Settings (Preferences) > Energy Saving (lightbulb) > Power Adapter > check box by Show battery status in the menu bar

Then right click the battery icon and check "Show percentage"

Right... that displays the percentage charge and, if the battery isn't fully charged, will display time remaining in the drop down menu. It does not display the time remaining in the menu bar however. I find this a bit annoying as well.

Arelunde
Jul 28, 2012, 06:24 PM
So, there used to be a native menu icon with the "remaining time" of battery life? I never realized that. I use Battery Health app on my late 2011 MBP 13. Has all sorts of data - including remaining time - and can be put on the dock (cool icon) or in the menu bar.

penajmz
Jul 28, 2012, 06:28 PM
The remaining time is what I always used. I miss this. :(

Braniff747SP
Jul 28, 2012, 07:42 PM
I miss this too. It's much easier to gauge battery life with estimated time (obviously). Percentage makes it more difficult. Don't know why this had to be killed off...

slumpey326
Jul 28, 2012, 09:06 PM
I am using slimbatterymonitor for the time being but what hoping there was a tweak to make it come back again.

3bs
Jul 28, 2012, 09:48 PM
I am using slimbatterymonitor for the time being but what hoping there was a tweak to make it come back again.

Maybe you could request it from the developer of Mountain Tweaks. I asked him if he could add a feature to remove the Notification Center icon from the menu bar and he responded by saying he will try and find a way. I'm using Bartender but my point is he might be able to add this to Mountain Tweaks.

http://tweaksapp.com/app/mountain-tweaks/

GGJstudios
Jul 28, 2012, 09:50 PM
this is kind of annoying, I noticed now with Mountain Lion that you can no longer see the batter time remaining in the Mac Menu bar. Is there a tweak or something to put in terminal to get it back.
This is already being discussed in several threads:
RMBP Battery %? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1392290)
Battery Status (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1402827)
Battery - Show Time no longer available (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1397566)
From the CHECKING STATUS AND HEALTH section of the following link:
On the MBPR and on ML, the Menu Bar battery indicator no longer offers "Time Remaining" as an option on the Menu Bar. It still appears in the dropdown menu.
From the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link:
Your "time remaining" indication is an ever-changing estimate, based on the current workload of your system. It will fluctuate up and down from minute to minute as your power demands change. It is not perfectly accurate, but only an estimate.
This should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions:
Apple Notebook Battery FAQ (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9875442&postcount=23)

dcorban
Jul 29, 2012, 01:17 AM
I didn't realize people obsessively stared at the time remaining. I sometimes check it via the dropdown when I get into "the red".

Hungry&Foolish
Aug 22, 2012, 01:11 PM
http://osxdaily.com/2012/08/22/show-remaining-battery-time-life-os-x-mountain-lion/

ac3320
Aug 23, 2012, 08:03 AM
http://osxdaily.com/2012/08/22/show-remaining-battery-time-life-os-x-mountain-lion/

This app is retarded because if you have multiple icons in the menubar to the left of the battery icon, this 'new' app showing the time gets placed after all of them. In other words 1) it is NOT tied to the battery status icon and 2) it is not a movable icon like the Time Machine icon, WiFi icon, etc.

That is stupid.

superriku11
Aug 23, 2012, 08:12 AM
Maybe you could request it from the developer of Mountain Tweaks. I asked him if he could add a feature to remove the Notification Center icon from the menu bar and he responded by saying he will try and find a way. I'm using Bartender but my point is he might be able to add this to Mountain Tweaks.

http://tweaksapp.com/app/mountain-tweaks/

To remove Notification Center from the menubar I believe there is a separate plist that loads the menu icon. If not and if it's all part of the main NC plist then there's not much you can do if you actually use NC. If you don't you can unload the plist(s) and have it not take up computer resources or menubar space altogether.

GoGamecocks
Aug 23, 2012, 09:53 AM
this is kind of annoying, I noticed now with Mountain Lion that you can no longer see the batter time remaining in the Mac Menu bar. Is there a tweak or something to put in terminal to get it back.

They took that option out because the percentage fluctuates too much. I used to use it too, but you can always click on the battery status to see it.