Improve Your Battery Life

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, May 28, 2005.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
    Americans advising on saving power.

    Must be a first ;)
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Has anyone else had this experience?
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2005
    yeah because manually you can only control the screen and hard drive.

    when you use better battery life the processor is affected
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    Central Pennsylvania, USA
    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.
  6. macrumors G5


    May 2, 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.)
  7. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    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....
  8. macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    The #1 way to conserve battery life is!.....drum roll......leave your laptop off! :rolleyes:
  9. 24C
    macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2004
    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. :D
  10. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    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??? :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    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! :p
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    What does Auto mean?

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

    Thanks :)

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