To plug or not to plug?

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  1. U2Rules! macrumors member

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    I'm a laptop newbie and also a Mac newbie. Is it okay to leave your powerbook plugged in all the time or does this wreck your battery? I've already charged it up and ran it all the way down to claibrate it, but now am wondering about the best way to use this wonderful machine.

    12in PB
    80 GB HD at 5400rpm
    256 ram with 512mb from Crucial soon to be added
     
  2. tekno_geek911 macrumors 6502

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    Its ok to leave it plugged in all the time....
     
  3. lazymuoio macrumors member

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    SOme people calibrate there batteries by chargin them al they way up then running them dead and recharging them this increases battery life id do that once but other wise its ok to leave it plugged in all the time, my PC laptop, which sucks, still functions when unplugged and i leave it plugged in all the time, except for 1 or 2 hours a week.
     
  4. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    I leave my PowerBook plugged in all the time. I do, however, run the battery down once a week. I've heard this is good, but then again, there are so many conflicting myths regarding batteries. My reasoning is that it's cheap insurance, just in case.
     
  5. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    Yeah. It is fine to leave it plugged in all the time. The problem is leaving it unplugges for too long. I left mine unplugged for a few months one time and now I get about 20 minutes of battery life.
     
  6. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    im thinking you need to buy a new battery.. ;)
     
  7. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    Either that or just save money for a new PowerBook sometime soon.
     
  8. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    i would like to retract my previous statement and add

    im thinking you need a new powerbook :D
     
  9. virividox macrumors 601

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    if there is a socket near by i keep my pb plugged in
     
  10. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    Apple recently posted a new battery care guide this should answer most of your questions.

    And no it isn't recommended to leave your Powerbook plugged in all the time.
     

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