how often to charge PB to prolong battery life?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jackc, May 9, 2004.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    I've got a 12" PB with Airport that I use as a desktop replacement. What is the best way to prolong battery life if I use it for, say 30 minutes at a time using battery power, and otherwise plugged in at my desk. Should I be worrying about too many short recharges? Is it better to just let the battery run down some more? Put it to sleep without plugging it back in?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    Full discharges and recharges shorten the life of the battery, but if they aren't done occasionally, the gauge of the amount of battery life left will become inaccurate. The battery automatically stops charging at 100% till it drops below 95%. These short charges prevent causing the battery's life to die.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    You have nothing to worry about if that is your usage pattern. I do the same.. mine is plugged in all the time except for when I go to another room to work on the couch :) or if it's asleep in my bag when I'm traveling.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    i just got my new ibook, and ive been wondering the same things. thanks!

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