Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Archive > Archives of Old Posts > MacBytes.com News Discussion

 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old May 28, 2005, 10:53 AM   #1
MacBytes
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Improve Your Battery Life




Category: Tips and How To's
Link: Improve Your Battery Life

Posted on MacBytes.com
Approved by Mudbug
MacBytes is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 12:19 PM   #2
combatcolin
macrumors 68020
 
combatcolin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northants, UK
Americans advising on saving power.

Must be a first
__________________
Wanting a new ipod
combatcolin is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 12:43 PM   #3
mkrishnan
Moderator emeritus
 
mkrishnan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Quote:
One quirk of OS X is that the “better battery life” settings within the power manager will be more efficient than if you were to apply the same exact settings manually. Conversely when you need more power (like back at your desk), the “better performance” setting performs better than if you set it manually.
Has anyone else had this experience?
__________________
Mira C. Krishnan
mkrishnan is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 12:51 PM   #4
bentley
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
yeah because manually you can only control the screen and hard drive.

when you use better battery life the processor is affected
__________________
follow me @djbentley
bentley is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 01:04 PM   #5
cgratti
macrumors 6502a
 
cgratti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Central Pennsylvania, USA
Send a message via AIM to cgratti
Quote:
Originally Posted by combatcolin
Americans advising on saving power.

Must be a first
Yea, us Americans are the only ones in the world using mass amounts of power and destroying the environment. Everyone else is trying too hard to fix what us Americans are doing. Give me a break.
__________________
PowerMac G5 - 4GB RAM - Adobe Creative Suite 3
cgratti is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 01:41 PM   #6
nagromme
macrumors G5
 
nagromme's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Off-topic insult-slinging aside...

I can manually control my processor too, not just screen and HD: the processor can be set to Auto, Highest, or Reduced. So if there's a difference between manual vs. preset Settings, I don't think that's it.

(This is on a 15" Al PB--older models may not have the same controls.)
nagromme is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 01:52 PM   #7
mkrishnan
Moderator emeritus
 
mkrishnan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by nagromme
(This is on a 15" Al PB--older models may not have the same controls.)
G4 iBooks have this too -- to the poster who said he/she didn't have it, make sure you looked in both of the tabs within the energy saver preference -- it's located on the second tab, and not on the first tab (the first tab is the one that has display power save settings).

I have always run on custom because I change the display and hard drive timeout settings, and this automatically bumps me to custom profiles. So I guess I get any advantage that I supposedly would get? But I'm suspicious of this claim somehow....
__________________
Mira C. Krishnan
mkrishnan is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 04:14 PM   #8
dornoforpyros
macrumors 68040
 
dornoforpyros's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Calgary, AB
Send a message via AIM to dornoforpyros Send a message via MSN to dornoforpyros
The #1 way to conserve battery life is!.....drum roll......leave your laptop off!
__________________
Pointy metal guitars.
dornoforpyros is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 04:59 PM   #9
24C
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by dornoforpyros
The #1 way to conserve battery life is!.....drum roll......leave your laptop off!
Maybe, but getting a couple of spare batteries gets the longest life! I love the warnings you get about "your computer is on reserve power" and then seeing how long they will run for...yep, custom settings work for me, but Airport and an iPod shuffle nuke the batteries.

<OT> I have two TiPBs, only one charges off the mains, the other falls over as soon as you plug in the charger, but will run happily on batteries...any ideas?...motherboard fault or what?..tried switching mini power board and sadly no change.

PS If you guys paid our gas prices, you'd probably have had a revolution by now.
24C is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 04:59 PM   #10
mkrishnan
Moderator emeritus
 
mkrishnan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by dornoforpyros
The #1 way to conserve battery life is!.....drum roll......leave your laptop off!
Hehehe, yeah. I thought it was funny that one of the suggestions was not to run Photoshop or other intensive apps. Well, duh, your battery will last longer. But are you a slave to battery life, or are you trying to accomplish something with your 'book???
__________________
Mira C. Krishnan
mkrishnan is offline   0
Old May 28, 2005, 09:36 PM   #11
Abstract
macrumors Penryn
 
Abstract's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Location Location
Yeah, but if you're going to bring out your laptop and not work with the proc intensive stuff you need to do, then you may as well keep it in the bag.

His advice wasn't stuff that any of us didn't know already. Keep the screen brightness down....haha, thanks!
__________________
"Hard? It's supposed to be hard. Hard is what makes it great!" - Tom Hanks.
Abstract is offline   0
Old May 29, 2005, 10:51 PM   #12
dadams
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Brisbane, Australia
What does Auto mean?

Anyone know exactly what the Auto setting for the processor does?

Thanks
dadams is offline   0


 
MacRumors Forums > Archive > Archives of Old Posts > MacBytes.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sure way to improve battery life bushman4 iPhone 13 Mar 29, 2014 12:15 PM
How to improve battery life deuxani iOS 7 7 Jun 12, 2013 01:32 PM
So did 10.8.2 improve battery life? nhlducks35 MacBook Air 61 Oct 2, 2012 10:24 AM
Will battery life ever improve? newyorksole iPhone 24 Aug 3, 2012 10:49 AM
Did battery life improve in the GM cpuguy18 OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 3 Jul 12, 2012 12:17 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:00 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC