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DblEGT
Jul 8, 2013, 08:00 PM
I know the new MBAs are excellent laptops with awesome battery life. Are there any tips (large or small) YOU'VE discovered which will help extend battery life even further?



mj1108
Jul 8, 2013, 08:03 PM
Screen brightness. I keep mine at around 9-10 ticks.

Booji
Jul 8, 2013, 08:06 PM
Back out of applications you are not using. Minimize browser tabs. Use Safari instead of Chrome

DblEGT
Jul 8, 2013, 08:11 PM
Screen brightness. I keep mine at around 9-10 ticks.

So far, I've done the following:

1. 50% screen brightness
2. Slightly dimmed keyboard backlighting
3. Use Safari over other (non-Apple) browsers whenever possible.

Will investigate using the "clicktoflash" feature in Safari to minimize Flash usage.


Any others I am missing??

tehsprayer
Jul 8, 2013, 08:22 PM
I heard instead of Flash, use HTML5.. There is a plugin for Youtube on Safari app store.


Make sure to 'quit' your apps as closing does not fully exit them.

mj1108
Jul 8, 2013, 08:28 PM
I heard instead of Flash, use HTML5.. There is a plugin for Youtube on Safari app store.


Make sure to 'quit' your apps as closing does not fully exit them.

You can also tell Youtube to use HTML5: https://www.youtube.com/html5

It's browser based, so if you switch browsers you will need to set it again.

ylrd
Jul 9, 2013, 09:56 AM
These are my best tips so far:


Disable Bluetooth (unless you're using wireless devices)
Disable file sharing (unless you need it)
Use Safari with the ClickToPlugin (http://hoyois.github.io/safariextensions/clicktoplugin/) extension
cmd+Q the apps you're not currently using
Keep your login items in a low number
50% screen brightness or less (unless you're outdoors)

luisito
Jul 9, 2013, 10:10 AM
Disable PowerNap, so you don't waste battery while sleeping.

GGJstudios
Jul 9, 2013, 10:12 AM
There are many factors that impact your battery life. See the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link for details, including tips on how to maximize your battery life.  The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it. Apple Notebook Battery FAQ (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9875442&postcount=23)

ylrd
Jul 9, 2013, 01:48 PM
Disable PowerNap, so you don't waste battery while sleeping.

It comes disabled by default (at least in the Battery tab).

johnjey
Jul 9, 2013, 08:54 PM
Any new ideas fellas? We all know about the screen brightness, keyboard brightness, html5 videos, no dropbox (or very less), quitting apps that you are not using (hahaha right) and what else ?

Jefe's MacAir
Jul 9, 2013, 09:07 PM
Leave it plugged in.:p

GGJstudios
Jul 9, 2013, 09:09 PM
Leave it plugged in.:p
Leaving it plugged in all the time is a quick way to kill a battery.

Jefe's MacAir
Jul 9, 2013, 09:42 PM
Leaving it plugged in all the time is a quick way to kill a battery.

I don't think that's the case with lithium ion batteries. IIRC the main contributor to battery life is charging cycles. By leaving it plugged in you reduce the number of charge cycles. So in theory, by leaving it plugged in you extend battery life.

GGJstudios
Jul 9, 2013, 09:44 PM
I don't think that's the case with lithium ion batteries. IIRC the main contributor to battery life is charging cycles. By leaving it plugged in you reduce the number of charge cycles. So in theory, by leaving it plugged in you extend battery life.

That's not true at all. Read the Battery FAQ in post #9 to learn the facts.

vistadude
Jul 10, 2013, 12:26 AM
Remove mountain lion and install snow leopard. Everything is faster and uses less CPU cycles, ram, and hard drive swapping. Battery life is significantly improved, even in sleep mode.

swingerofbirch
Jul 10, 2013, 12:34 AM
Remove mountain lion and install snow leopard. Everything is faster and uses less CPU cycles, ram, and hard drive swapping. Battery life is significantly improved, even in sleep mode.

I'm pretty sure Snow Leopard wouldn't boot on a 2013 MacBook Air.

Tarrou8
Jul 10, 2013, 09:50 AM
Keep your Air turned off unless absolutely necessary.