Batteries for Mac tracks all of your devices' batteries from the Menu Bar, Touch Bar, and the Batteries Widget. Your devices will alert you if their batteries are low so you can remember to recharge them.
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure thing! First things first, I'm Rony Fadel. I've been developing for the Apple platform for about 10 years now, and I worked for Apple on both iOS and macOS for 6 years.
At some point, I became tired of the corporate environment and wanted to see if I could make it on my own as an indie hacker. Currently, I consult a few days per week and spend the other days pushing out new products that make my life (and by extension, the lives of others) easier.
How did you come up with the idea?
The Batteries widget on iOS had been immensely useful to me, but I spend most of my day working on my Mac. So, I was getting tired of checking my connected devices' battery percentage either on my phone or through the Bluetooth menu all the time.
It became such a nagging issue for me, that one day I sought out a way of hacking something together to see if I could integrate a Batteries widget into the Mac. I also wanted it to feel like a native macOS feature: my favorite hack was when I added your other devices' battery levels into the macOS battery menu.
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How did you market the app as an indie developer?
I posted Batteries on ProductHunt and reached out to a few Mac blogs:
The feedback was very positive and that helped get a lot of initial traction. I did dabble with Reddit ads, but I didn't see a big ROI from it.
What’s your app design and development workflow like?
I usually decide to take on a problem if I confront it repeatedly over a long period of time. When I reach a breaking point and decide to tackle that problem, I'll start with a small proof of concept. I'll sketch out the whole product flow on pen and paper and get coding.
Any advice on monetizing your app and improving conversions?
For indies: don't go into a crowded space. Think outside the box and come up with innovative products. People will get excited about your product more if there aren't 10 other products like it.
If it solves a problem and it's unique, it shouldn't be hard to monetize.
Also, be smart about your monetizing strategy: I don't think a subscription model would be fitting for Batteries for example, but a one-time purchase is.
As someone who has a habit of not keeping their devices charged, getting notifications when any of my devices are running low is incredibly helpful for me. I can't tell you how many times I've packed up my devices and headed to a coffee shop only to realize they're almost out of juice.
Since each license of Batteries for Mac allows it to be used on 3 computers, I've found that I'm able to easily monitor all of my devices' battery levels, regardless of whether I'm on my work laptop, or my personal device, or a test device. The minimalist design complements your workflow without getting in the way.
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