Using an iBook as a desktop

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Steadmuffin, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2005
    Hey all. I just have a simple question. I just got my 1.33 ghz 12" iBook last week, and will be using it as my desktop, as well as a portable for school. I didn't think about this before ordering it, but I'm either going to have to leave it plugged in for extended periods of time, or be contantly discharging and recharging the battery while using it as a desktop. Is it bad to leave an iBook plugged in to the power adapter even after it's fully charged? Will this harm battery life in some way? Over-heat the power adapter or battery?

    Thanks a lot for any input you guys (and girls) have.
  2. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2002
    Tampa Bay Area, FL, USA
    I've been doing this very thing for years and have never had any trouble leaving it plugged in. Enjoy!
  4. macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I've used my iBook as a desktop (what i'm currently using) since the screen broke.. if u'd like to know more about what happened search for "my BRAND NEW iBook... It's gone :("
    You'll be able to find it in Macintosh Computers

    Hope that helps...

    here's the link to that thread link
  5. macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    yeah ever since i got my ibook in june of 04' i have left it plugged into the wall no problem.. in fact i should probably run the battery down soon.. they say once a month is good enough? :confused: anyway but yeah, i still get around 4 hours plus of battery life which i find quite swell :D
  6. macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2005
    London, Ontario
    I would think any type of notebook computer wouldn't be well developed if it harms the battery to leave it plugged in.

    Like everyone else said, Its fine to leave it plugged in.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Avon, IN
    Yep keep that thing plugged in it will be fine. Just be sure to run the battery down once every one or two months to recalibrate it. Back in the stone age you had to be careful with batteries but now batteries are more intelligent and not as easily confused by being plugged in a lot.

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