battery life on 13"

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  1. littledude8209
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    hey guys!

    i absolutley love my new macbook air, but i am a little worried about the battery life on it...

    i went through a few times of going through the battery completely and letting it charge completely, and now im really seeing how "good" the battery on it is.

    so far, it's at 58%, and it's only been on for 1 hour and 20 minutes.... i've been surfing the internet, and listening to music, along with video chatting for a while too. is this normal?
     
  2. ReallyBigFeet
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    Doesn't sound normal but Skype webcam chatting is a battery eater for sure.
     
  3. littledude8209
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    using aim. is it really though? i didn't realize i guess o_O

    i guess i will just try charging it up and "testing" it tomorrow :p
     
  4. jamespa66
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    I have noticed battery life varies huge on my MBA depending on what I'm doing. Just basic web surfing and email I can get out to 10 hrs with it.
    Web with lots of Flash and video chat can shorten it down to 1hr 30mins.
     
  5. Poochi
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    I get 7 to 10 hours of wifi surfing... with FLASH DISABLED using "click-to-flash" :)

    Watching flash streaming videos though, battery would not last longer than 4 hours.

    I'd imagine websites with flash ads also significantly decrease your battery life.
     
  6. stylinexpat
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    How did you add click-to-flash? Was it for Firefox or Safari?
     
  7. Poochi
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    google "click to flash".

    I use Safari.
     
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  9. littledude8209
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    i have click to flash installed, and html 5 youtube/vimeo videos, which helps a ton. i guess ill just have to shy away from video chatting when im not near a charger :p
     
  10. stylinexpat
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    Got it and unzipped it but after I unzipped it, it seems to have vanished:confused:
     
  11. Loonytik
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    Firefox has a similar extension that works the same way as "click to flash." I've been using it the last few days and it works well.
     
  12. ReallyBigFeet
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    I can't speak for Aim as I don't use it, but I can tell you that with Skype webcam chats I am lucky to get 2.5-3 hours of battery use on my MBA with a complete charge. I did it last week (I never carry my charger with me as usually no need) and found myself having to conduct an impromptu Webex demonstration with a client and used Skype instead because they couldn't get Webex to work. So I was using the webcam, skype talk and screen sharing features all at once. About 2 hours into the demonstration I noticed I was sitting on less than 20% battery remaining. It shocked me.

    During normal use, I get just under 8 hours of constant use each day, and that includes at least an hour of driving a projector for demonstrations. VGA output will also eat some of the battery but not like Skype. If I'm just doing typing and surfing, I can get almost 10 hours of use. But turn on webcam anything and the battery goes buh-bye.

    I'd assume Aim/MSN/Yahoo video chatting to be similar.
     

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