My default is keeping the MBA plugged in. Bad for battery?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by zub3qin, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I've MRoogled but have been unable to get a definitive answer so I thought I'd ask here.

    My default is to keep my MBA 13" ultimate plugged in while in use.

    I hear so many contradictory things about what "should" be done.

    Is this behavior fine or should I be running down the battery every few days?
    How many battery cycles are these supposed to have anyway?

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Look here:
  3. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    There is no good answer because it doesn't matter. Batteries can be replaced, lost productivity and wasted effort carefully trying to maintain a battery cannot.
  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    Essentially, every 2-3 days run it down to 50%. Also, good practice to run it down completely and recalibrate once a month.
  5. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    Riga, Latvia
    is it a good practice to run the battery to almost empty (0:02 remaining) every day?
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    No. Maybe the following can help you?
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I kind of subscribe to this theory.
    Even with the poorest "battery" care, how much efficiency/life do you lose on the battery? 10%?
  8. macrumors 603

    Oct 14, 2008
    I never took any particular care of my battery, using it with or without charger as it was most convenient for me (only recalibrating once in a while) and its still at 97% of the initial capacity after 16 month and 540 loadcycles. So: don't worry, just use your computer - it will be ok.
  9. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Is this good or bad for a 2 week old refurbished 13" MBA?

    Charge Information:
    Charge Remaining (mAh): 6362
    Fully Charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 6542
    Health Information:
    Cycle Count: 11
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): -1577
    Voltage (mV): 8163
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2003
    I don't know what program you used to pull that up, but if you just download and use 'coconut battery' it will show you the original battery capacity and the current battery capacity. For instance, on my macbook pro, the original battery capacity was 4600 mAh, and the current is now 4337 mAh, so it's at 94% of it's original health. (coconut battery gives you that percentage of original health as well)

    Coconut battery also lets you know the number of battery loadcycles you've gone through as well. It tells me I've gone through 153.
  11. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Macintosh HD / Applications / Utilities / System Profiler > Hardware > Power
  12. 2IS
    macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    I'm all for productivity but that theory is stretched mighty thin here. I'm not sure how much productivity he's going to lose by taking his left hand and pulling the magsafe connector out every once in a while. It literally takes <2 seconds. You don't have to be all OCD about the maintenance. How many times would you have to do that to equal the time it would take to order a new battery pack and replace it? Not to mention unplugging the magsafe is free, a new battery isn't.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Twe Foju

    Dec 20, 2007
    that FAQS should tell you pretty much everything

    but this is what i do with my 4 year old MBP ( 2007 )

    i usually use it until the battery warning pops up for me to charge it back, then when it's fully charged, i might leave it for another1/2 hour before i unplug it

    and i usually do calibration every 2 months or so ( running the MBP until the battery reaches critical and goes to sleep, then charge it )

    and so far, i can still manage a good 2 1/2 hours with my Original Battery that came with it from 2007

    but i think since that time, Apple should have improve the battery that when it's fully charged, it actually doesn't really receive the full power anymore so your battery will not really washed out that quick like used to in 2007 product
  14. macrumors 601

    Dec 14, 2007
    I agree...too much wasted time massaging batteries.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2010
    just leave it plugged in, cycling it once a month is all the maintenance you need and is more than I can say I do
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2011

    60 cycles here
    93% initial capacity.

    Just recalibrated too.

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