MacBook Pro real world battery data!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by eddx, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. eddx macrumors regular

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    So I have had my MacBook Pro just over a month. I have been using coconutBattery 2.5.1 to collect data about the mAh capacity and how much this is decreasing. I figure I should be able to get 700 - 1000 battery loadcycles out of this battery before I need to get it replaced. I will be buying AppleCare as I need this computer to last through college (3 years). Maybe just before AppleCare expires I will be able to get a new battery through the system.

    Currently the machine has done 27 battery loadcycles and its 3 months old (I got it refurb-ish (long story). The original battery capacity was 5500 mAh but it is currently at 5518 mAh - this doesn't make sence to me so if someone could explain then that would be great.

    Anyway, using excel I collected the data from coconutBattery and put it into a nice graph for you guys.

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    Obviously this shows the capacity going down, I presume this is at a steady rate and nothing out of the ordinary, but how can my batteries capacity be MORE than its original shipped capacity - normal???
     
  2. lamina macrumors 68000

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    My G4 17" PowerBook was a good few hundred mAh over its 'original' capacity. I wondered if this was normal too, but I haven't experienced any problems.

    95% of 'original' battery capacity left on mine, btw.
     
  3. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Nice Chart. :)

    I can't really say about my PB, as I purchased it used when it was 1 year old...
     
  4. eddx thread starter macrumors regular

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    So does anyone else have a MacBook Pro? Whats the age (in months) and the capacity of your battery, mAh and % please. Also load cycles as well would be a help, nice to compare data with you guys.
     
  5. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    i have a macbook for less than a week, it is already at 5118 of 5200, waht the hell
     
  6. eddx thread starter macrumors regular

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    :eek:

    That's pretty insane, how many battery cycles you been through? If I were you I would definately start monitoring that data, you may find that if you use it for a couple of days plugged in then the capacity will shoot back up to around 5200 - thats what I did and it seemed to be ok. It does seem strange though, keep an eye on that.
     
  7. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    You did the calibration?
     
  8. generik macrumors 601

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    Sorry to disappoint, Applecare does not cover batteries.
     
  9. eddx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ouch, that's a bummer. :( Dam, your probably right. I remember hearing someone going to an Apple Store to get a new battery for his iBook but he probably paid for it. Oh well, as long as mine lasts three years its all good.
     
  10. HardLine macrumors member

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    All batteries decay like that, nothing new.

    Besides batteries are much cheaper than entire notebooks so if I were you I would swap out your battery when it starts becomg a problem for you.

    I have a thinkpad with 2 batteries that got about 10 hours when I got it brand spanking new. 2 years later I only get about 7.5 hours. i had my laptop die on me once, but that's because i took it on vacation and forgot the charger.

    what i'm trying to say is, don't be anal about things like this. batteries naturally decay, when the battery life starts becoming a problem for you then replace your battery.
     
  11. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    Well, I'm on my second battery in my week 8 MBP. The first battery died after about 60 cycles, it suddenly lost capacity and started warping out of the case. AppleCare replaced it though.
    Anyway, after 14 cycles I'm currently on 5518 mAh, 100%. But it does go up and down a bit each time it's charged, and usually up when it's calibrated.

    I have to agree that you should try and calibrate it, I wouldn't really worry about it unless it suddenly drops radically in charge. If it's bad, you'll notice and they'll send you a new one. Don't worry about small fluctuations.
     
  12. erkanasu macrumors 6502

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    Is it better to have the laptop plugged in as much as possible? Does this save battery life, or will the battery still looes its cap?
     
  13. generik macrumors 601

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    Just curious, do you guys remove the battery when your laptop is connected to AC power? Virtually all my friends do that, although I've read somewhere else that you might actually be doing more harm than good through that.

    Any definitive answers?
     
  14. JRM PowerPod macrumors 6502

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    cop this,

    my macbook is 5533 of 5200.

    i have a battery that is getting stronger

    lol
     
  15. generik macrumors 601

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    I'd buy fire insurance if i were you... :rolleyes: :p
     
  16. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Original battery capacity - 5500 mAh
    Current battery capacity - 5346 mAh

    Battery loadcycles - 65
    Age of your Mac - 4 months

    Looks like i have the biggest battery here :D
     
  17. HardLine macrumors member

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_ion_battery#Guidelines_for_prolonging_Li-ion_battery_life

     
  18. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    I never remove the battery, and I don't think it matters. When it's charged and the computer is plugged in, it is not used, it just rests. That would then make no difference from it being there or sitting on the desk.
    Also, when you take the battery out, for some reason the CoreDuo just sits at 1000 Mhz.
     
  19. eddx thread starter macrumors regular

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    I totally agree...but i wonder...

    How long do these batteries keep charge when not in use inside the computer? I know my macbook on sleep and not plugged in loses charge by about 1% ever 2 - 3 hours. I guess it wouldnt be as much when the battery is in the computer but it probably wouldnt be worth me taking out the battery when I am plugging in the computer - way too much hassle.
     
  20. generik macrumors 601

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    So it is not a good idea to buy a 2nd battery as a spare I suppose?
     
  21. eddx thread starter macrumors regular

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    That would depend on the amount you need to use the spare battery. If you are rarely out of reach of a power socket then there is no need but if you went camping or flying on a plane or something on a very regular basis where there was no power socket and you needed power for longer than 2 or 3 hours then a 2nd battery would be useful.

    Personally, a 2nd battery is not at all useful. I would rather carry around my second hard drive (external, western digital, 120gb, usb powered, same size as a battery) and I find this much more useful.

    Each to their own I guess.
     
  22. generik macrumors 601

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    What I really wonder is if there is some sort of nifty adaptor that'd allow you to work your MBP off car batteries, or even with the appropriate accessories rechargerable AA batteries.

    It'd probably have to do some stuff to the power to get it to the right voltage and smooth out the fluctuations, but that'd be so handy to have.
     
  23. eddx thread starter macrumors regular

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    How would that be handy to have? Carrying around dozens of AA batteries defeats the point of a portable computer...carrying around a car battery even worse and using a car battery in a car would probably drain the power so much the car wouldnt start! I surpose it could have its uses but not for the majority of people, no?
     
  24. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    Mine MBP 4835 of 5500, 40 cycles, 5 month old.
    Winning! :confused:
     
  25. ironic23 macrumors 6502

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    I do that, not sure if there is a definitive answer whether it is detrimental to do so or not. When i charged my battery to full and had my MBP plugged in, when i checked in the About Mac, it showed the battery's power depleting (contrary to what some have posted). Thus, i took it out.
     

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