Best Battery Saving Tips for 2013 MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DblEGT, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    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?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Screen brightness. I keep mine at around 9-10 ticks.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Back out of applications you are not using. Minimize browser tabs. Use Safari instead of Chrome
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    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??
     
  5. macrumors member

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    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.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
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    ylrd

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    These are my best tips so far:

    1. Disable Bluetooth (unless you're using wireless devices)
    2. Disable file sharing (unless you need it)
    3. Use Safari with the ClickToPlugin extension
    4. cmd+Q the apps you're not currently using
    5. Keep your login items in a low number
    6. 50% screen brightness or less (unless you're outdoors)
     
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    luisito

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    Disable PowerNap, so you don't waste battery while sleeping.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    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.
     
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    ylrd

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

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    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 ?
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Leaving it plugged in all the time is a quick way to kill a battery.
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    That's not true at all. Read the Battery FAQ in post #9 to learn the facts.
     
  16. macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  17. macrumors 68030

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

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    Keep your Air turned off unless absolutely necessary.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    honestly, even if i don't know a lot about macs, on thing do know is that:
    downgrading your software is ABSOLUETLY the DUMBEST thing that anyone can do.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    No, I used to do this and you will basically run the battery down into the ground as it is essentially charged for x number of cycles despite being 100% charged. By leaving your laptop plugged in you'll run it down and probably make it void of warranty.
     

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