Poll: What's your battery life?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Rower_CPU, Mar 15, 2002.

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What's your battery life?

  1. > 5 hours

    2 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. the 5 hours that Apple claims

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. 4 hours

    1 vote(s)
    10.0%
  4. 3 hours

    6 vote(s)
    60.0%
  5. < 2 hours

    1 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #1
    Curious to see what kind of battery life people are getting, and if anyone in anywhere near Apple's "5 hour" claim.

    Personally, my Tibook 400 on OS X gets about 3 hours.

    PS. Anyone getting more battery life, please share any tweaks you've found helpful. Thanks.
     
  2. Taft macrumors 65816

    Taft

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    #2
    Yep.

    I get about the same on my TiBook 400 with OS X. Three hours is pretty good, but five would be spectacular.

    Are you sure they claim 5 hours for the TiBook? I thought it was iBook.

    Matthew
     
  3. Rower_CPU thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #3
    Re: Yep.

    Double-checked it. They claim "up to 5 hours".

    Here's the link: PowerBook Specs
     
  4. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    #4
    3 hours seems to be pretty average for the 550MHz TiBook. I once got 2:15 in OS X with heavy CPU usage, bright backlight and accessing lots of CD-ROMs.

    I once achieved 4:45 in OS 9, with the backlight low, processor cycling on, the hard disk set to spin down after 5 minutes, and the machine almost completely idle with the exception of a little bit of web browsing.

    I do feel that the 5 hour claim is deceptive, especially since OS X is now the default OS. Even 4 hours is stretching it. If Apple said "UP TO" 5 hours of battery life, that might be okay, but they don't. They ought to say "2 to 5 hours depending on usage" or something to that extent. I don't really care, though, because 3 hours is plenty for me.

    I hope processor cycling is an option in 10.2. It not only increases battery life but it also makes the TiBook a bit less warm, and thus makes that goddamned fan come on a bit less. :)

    Alex
     
  5. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    Okay, sorry, Apple does in fact advertise "up to" 5 hours. My bad - cancel whatever I just said about them not saying that. :)

    Alex
     
  6. Rower_CPU thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #6
    I agree. The current "Energy Saver" options in System Prefs are pretty meager, and have absolutely no special options for laptops. A must-have option in 10.2.
     
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

    eyelikeart

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    #7
    I can generally get enough to watch a 1.5-2 hour dvd...

    or I can listen to music & surf the net for nearly 3....

    or depending on what type of work I'm doing....can get anywhere from 2-3.5....
     
  8. Rower_CPU thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #8
    Who the heck voted for more than 5 hours?!?

    I'd be really interested in seeing how anyone gets that kind of time.
     
  9. kishba macrumors 6502a

    kishba

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    #9
    on a pismo you can can get > 5 hours (like my friend does) if you have 2 batteries

    i wish i had a second battery for my pismo
     
  10. Rower_CPU thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #10
    That's right, I forgot about that one. :rolleyes:

    How about anyone with newer iBooks and TiBooks, especially if you're running X?

    BTW, I turned down the display brightness to around 50%, and I've gained about an hour, putting me around 4 hours. :D
     
  11. mymemory macrumors 68020

    mymemory

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    #11
    The same thing with my Pismo, 5 ours plus with 2 bateries (I told you Pismos rules):D
     
  12. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

    eyelikeart

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    #12
    I'm going with the assumption u aren't very happy where u are? :eek:
     

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