Mac OS says battery is "charged" at 99%

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  1. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    My battery charger is stuck at 99% (I just got the ibook) for the past 2 hours. I've seen it hit 100% before but for some reason it's stuck at 99% C'est normal?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yep, normal. Don't worry about it. It's just making sure it doesn't overcharge itself and blow itself up. It won't charge again until it drops to about 95% from memory. :)
     
  3. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    !?!!? So it's going to charge the battery again when it drops to 95%? Doesn't this kill the lifetime of the battery!?!!?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    No, quite the opposite. It means that the battery only has to charge itself very rarely (if left unused) as opposed to if that threshold were closer to 100%, in which case the battery would have to stop and start charging very often.
     
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    As long as you fully discharge (force the laptop to go to sleep) the battery every month and then recharge it to full (between 96 and 100%, depending on how OS X feels that day), then the battery will maintain its life for quite a while.
     
  6. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Normal. My PowerBook sometimes think it's charget at 96%
     
  7. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    Great tip, thanks. I going to start to do this, learn something new on MR everday :)
     
  8. skunk macrumors G4

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    That's not actually what Apple says:
     

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  9. itchster macrumors member

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    it does not harm it to do a full charge cycle every month though right? so what's the harm?
     
  10. skunk macrumors G4

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    The harm is, according to Apple, that if you charge your laptop 3% a day, it'll take 30 days to complete one charge cycle. If you then run it down completely and recharge, you're just using up another cycle for nothing: each battery only has so many cycles in its lifespan.
     
  11. Applespider macrumors G4

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    There's a lot of contradictory stuff about this. I'd been calibrating my battery about every 4 months when I remembered but the Genius Bar told me I should be doing it every month. I've compromised and do it every 2-3 months.
     
  12. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Lithium batteries + full uncharge/charge cycles = BAD. It just shortens the life. Only do it if you feel your battery meter is screwedup. Over time the max capacity will go down so your battery will need to be recalibrated.

    There is a thread somewhere here about a terminal command you can run to see max capacity and what it was at calibration.
     
  13. Applespider macrumors G4

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    If you have Tiger, you don't need to run the ioreg command in the Terminal any longer. You can see it in System Profiler along with the number of cycles. You will have to keep a mental note of what it was originally and what it is now. Mine has lost about 13% of its capacity in about 17 months which I don't think is too bad
     
  14. skunk macrumors G4

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    Can you point me to that? I haven't put Tiger on my iBook yet.
     
  15. Applespider macrumors G4

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    In Terminal, paste the following

    ioreg -w0 -l | grep Capacity

    And you'll get back something like this

     
  16. skunk macrumors G4

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    thx

    Actually, it doesn't seem to do anything... :confused:
     
  17. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I think this thread lists an alternative command for terminal (further down the thread).
     
  18. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Very odd. I just cut and pasted it in again and it worked.
     

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  19. diehldun macrumors 6502a

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    Right now, the charger light is green, and my PB says it's fully charged at 97% (it shifts from 96-99% for no reason); I don't mean to hijack this thread, but is something wrong? I try to calibrate it every two months or so if not travelling... :confused:
     
  20. faintember macrumors 65816

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    I have never calibrated my battery and my PB shows some of the same things as you described. (My light usually switches over to green at 95%)

    I just checked the terminal command and the system profiler and this is the result:
    Capacity=4151, AbsoluteMaxCapacity=4200 with a Cycle Count of 101 (i stay plugged in most of the time).

    So no, i dont think there is anything wrong with your PB.
     

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