RED "Full" Battery Icon in Menubar?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by WardC, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. WardC macrumors 68030

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    I just woke my MacBook Air up after charging and I noticed that the menubar icon for the battery was full, but it was RED. It changed back to black after about 5 seconds. Has anybody ever seen this "full" RED status icon in their menubar? I am posting a screenshot so you can see.
     

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  2. mrpoovey macrumors newbie

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    I just woke my 13'' MacBook Pro from sleep, I had a 99% charge and it was also red. Although mine didn't go away until I restarted it. Just a glitch maybe?
     
  3. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    I've never seen that before. I'd check the System Profiler and see what it says about the battery under the power section.
     
  4. Appleind macrumors regular

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    Red eye after late night recharge :D
     
  5. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    The only time I have seen a red battery icon happened when I let the battery get down to about 15 percent. I've certainly not seen it at any other time, though.
     
  6. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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  7. gfroyle macrumors member

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    Yeah, my mac (15" i5) just did that when I had just charged it up.. vanished after a few seconds, seemingly with no problems.
     
  8. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    You guys realise you can click on that icon to get the status ? Would have been interesting to see what it was reporting as the battery status when the red icon was displayed :

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    (Not from mine, best thing I could find on the web...).

    Next time I guess...
     
  9. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I keep forgetting the option-battery icon click, which your image illustrated. I think I keep forgetting to use it because I have become accustomed to using iStat, instead. In its Battery section, iStat reports number of cycles on the battery, its health, percent charged, and time remaining. The thing I like best about iStat is that it shows both percent charged and time remaining, regardless of which has been selected to be displayed next to the battery icon.
     
  10. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    I like iStat too for the health and cycles don't get me wrong, but I get the percent charged/Time Remaining from the battery icon, so I don't quite get that part of your post.
     
  11. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I understood what you were saying. The option-battery icon click does, indeed, simultaneously provide both time remaining and percent remaining. My point was that I simply got used to using the iStat widget instead of the option-battery icon method. In my earlier post I was talking about what appears next to the battery icon on the menu bar before the battery icon is clicked. It is going to be either time remaining or percent remaining, depending on what you have set it up to show there. Fortunately, there are at least two ways to quickly and easily see both simultaneously.
     
  12. Weiser878 macrumors regular

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    Mine did this just today. I option clicked on it and didn't see anything unusual.

    I *think* it was red when I put it to sleep and on charge (<20%) so maybe when I woke it, it was still red because it was red when I slept it.

    In any case, it turned black shortly thereafter and I guess everything's fine.
     
  13. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

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    Mine has been doing this since the 10.6.5 update - must be a bug.
     
  14. JD92 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's just a glitch - this happened on my 15" MBP yesterday
     
  15. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000

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    Same, mine was red (8%) when I put it to sleep. Charged it to 100%, and it was red when it woke up.

    I did the Option+Click, and the status was Normal. It does seem to be a 10.6.5 bug.
     
  16. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    My 13 inch Macbook just started doing this. It resets itself to black after a few seconds.
     
  17. Mabyboi macrumors 6502

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    Mine hasnt done this yet... have we found out what the issue is yet?
     
  18. Staindsoul macrumors 6502

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    Mine does it as well. Open up lid and battery is red for a little bit, then goes back black. I am running 10.6.5
     
  19. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    No, because no one bothered to follow my indications :

     
  20. Phrogz macrumors newbie

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    Let battery run into the red (below 25%). Put the computer to sleep. Plug in the power cord. Let it charge. When you wake from sleep it will be red and 100%. Just a rendering bug, happens to me all too frequently. Battery status is "Normal" and the red goes away with the next visual update.
     
  21. adammcd macrumors member

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    I've had the same experience as Phrogz. The battery is red upon waking from sleep precisely when it was put to sleep with under 25% battery (in the red) then charged. Normal battery status ... nothing to worry about.
     
  22. TheCurseMark macrumors newbie

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    Red battery means it's using reserve battery power. It's not a glitch. The computer may have had a startup issue and used its reserve battery to keep it running. It's nothing big. Just ignore it.:apple:
     
  23. cirial macrumors regular

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    @TheCurseMark - thanks I'm sure the OP still cares about this after 3 years. :D
     
  24. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Maybe not:eek: But, it's something I wasn't aware of.

    Lou
     
  25. TheCurseMark macrumors newbie

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    I know, but I was reading random things and I came across this. It had a ton of wrong answers. So I decided to give a correct response. :D
     

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