Watts uses notifications to keep you up to date with the battery events as well as with the calibration process. It uses OS X (or macOS) notification center which provides nice features but also some limitations. Here we will explain you what Watts offers, how can you customise it and what we could not do regarding notifications.
Watts provides 4 kinds of notifications:
- Calibration process notifications: those are the ones that will guide you through the calibration process, informing you about the next steps on the calibration. They will appear only when there is a calibration pending.
- Battery charge alerts. On preferences you can configure Watts to notify you when the battery goes under a certain level. That is a nice feature to perform a small cycle every day. We advise you to set this value at 60%. Then, disconnect your MacBook every day when you start to work. When this notification triggers you can plug in your MacBook again and work plugged the rest of the day. In this way you keep your battery healthy.
- Long connection. Similarly, on preferences you can tell Watts to notify you when your MacBook has been plugged for long period of time. Of course that is bad for your battery and we suggest to disconnect it often.
- Power Adapter connection and disconnection. In case, if you want to be notified when the adapter is connected and disconnected accidentally just enable that feature on the preferences.
Of course, there are notifications that are more important than others, and we would like to differentiate them but, with notification center we can not. If you visit “System Preferences > Notifications” you will see that you can set the level of the notifications for every application. Watts is set as default to “banner” which means that they will appear and go away on a moment. This affects all Watts notifications and we do not have the capability to adjust them individually, but just to set the default behaviour.