Feature Explanation: Stop charging when powered off/app closed

Important!

This feature works differently depending on your MacBook model.

Three different categories:

  • Apple Silicon MacBooks
  • Intel MacBooks with Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Intel MacBooks without Thunderbolt 3 ports

General explanation Apple Silicon MacBooks

When your MacBook is powered off, apps are not able to run and do any changes. Therefore, AlDente is not able to make any changes to the charging behavior of your MacBook while it is powered off. As a result, your MacBook will always charge to 100% when it is plugged in and powered off, regardless of the set Charge Limit in AlDente. Due to Apple Silicon MacBooks resetting internally when they are shut down, it is not possible to stop or limit charging when they are shut down. The only way to avoid letting your MacBook go to 100% is to not shut it down and let your MacBook go into sleep instead.

General explanation Intel MacBooks with Thunderbolt 3

When your MacBook is powered off, apps are not able to run and do any changes. Therefore, AlDente is not able to make any changes to the charging behavior of your MacBook while it is powered off. As a result, your MacBook will always charge to 100% when it is plugged in and powered off, regardless of the set Charge Limit in AlDente. Therefore, we implemented the feature “Stop charging when powered off”. When this feature is activated, AlDente will stop charging right before your MacBook is powered off. As a result, your MacBook will stay at the current battery percentage it had just before it got shut down. Therefore, the battery will not charge to 100%.

Example 1

Your MacBook is plugged in and the battery percentage is at the set charge limit of 80%. “Stop charging when powered off” is activated and you shut down your MacBook. AlDente will keep your charging paused even while your MacBook is powered off. When you open the turn on and start using your MacBook again, the battery percentage is still at 80%.

Example 2

Your MacBook is plugged in and currently charging to the set charge limit of 85%. “Stop charging when powered off” is activated and you shut down your MacBook. At exactly the moment when you shut down your MacBook, your battery percentage was 67%. AlDente will pause charging right before the MacBook gets powered off and will keep the battery percentage at 67%. When you turn on and start using your MacBook again, the battery percentage is still at 67% and charging will start again until the set charge limit of 85% is reached.

General explanation Intel MacBooks without Thunderbolt 3

Changing the charging behavior of Intel MacBooks without Thunderbolt 3 ports is only possible through the Intel Mode. Due to the Intel Mode using different technical pathways, charging will always stop at the set Charge Limit, even if your MacBook is shut down, in sleep, or in Windows through Bootcamp.