Bad for my MacBook?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sdubois92, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. sdubois92 macrumors member

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    Is it bad to keep my macbook plugged in all the time. If I do this, should i take the battery out.

    also, im thinking of getting a Dell monitor and use it with my mac, mainly because i use my macbook on my desk for the most part and having a larger screen is always nice.
     
  2. sdubois92 thread starter macrumors member

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    So from what i get from that article, it isnt a good idea to leave it plugged in, correct?
     
  3. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Yep, this has been discussed many times before. It's best to actually use your battery on a regular basis. If not, then what's the point? ;)
     
  4. sdubois92 thread starter macrumors member

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    So let it charge, then un plug it, when it gets down to about 20% plug it back in?
     
  5. JHacker macrumors 6502

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    No. If you constantly do this, you're going to wear down your battery for no reason. Then when you actually do need it, it will have lost a good amount of capacity.

    Maybe run down the battery every few weeks or something like that and don't let it sit for months at a time without using the battery. But don't constantly let it run down.

    If you run it down to 50% and then charge it, and then run it down to 50% and charge it, this constitutes 1 cycle (according to Apple). Therefore, to conserve cycles, don't let it run down all the way.
     
  6. sdubois92 thread starter macrumors member

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    so how long should i keep it plugged in at one time?
     
  7. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't worry too much about following a specific battery cycle regimen. The important thing is to cycle the battery on a regular basis, in whatever fashion is convenient for you.

    With my PowerBook, I would use the battery whenever I wasn't at my desk (often depleting it near 0%), and use AC when I was. After about two years and 300 cycles, my battery still had 89% capacity. This jives with Apple's assertion that a properly maintained battery should have at least 80% of its original capacity after 300 cycles.
     

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