1st Time Mac Owner: Battery Tips

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thefirstone, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. thefirstone macrumors member

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    I'm a first time Mac owner and got the 13" base MBA. I plugged in the machine and let it charge to full capacity, the first time I used it.

    Am I supposed to fully discharge the battery to calibrate it? Apple says on its website that there is no need to calibrate newer batteries. So, I shouldn't have to fully discharge the battery after the first full-charge?

    I just want to make sure that I take all the necessary steps with a new battery in order to maximize the battery life.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Contiguous macrumors member

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  3. thefirstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Haha. Yes, I read his thread. Just want to get advice from users of the new Mac models, especially the MBa.
     
  4. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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  5. thefirstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Is it a good idea to calibrate the battery the first time I use it?

    I charged it fully, let it run on AC power for two hours but I did not let it drain completely. The battery is down to 30% from sporadic use over two days but I did not drain it completely, in one sitting, after the first charge.
     
  6. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    It is a good idea, also I tend to run down my battery completely to 0% once a month and than recharge it too 100%. It is helpful especially when you have it plugged in all the time
     
  7. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

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    My battery health in iStat shows 98%...it's only been a week.

    I almost never keep it plugged in. Once it reaches 100% I unplug it and start using it on battery. I let it drain usually to around 20-30% and then let it charge again. I've done one full 100-->0% cycle already when I first got it because I didn't know about not having to calibrate.

    Thoughts?
     
  8. iphonsteve4ajob macrumors regular

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    I did the calibration for fun. Meter shows 100%. I use coconut for battery stats.
     
  9. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    It is not required according to Apple.
    No new battery should need to be calibrated.
     
  10. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I calibrated mine but I haven't really noticed any difference.
     
  11. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

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    any thoughts on the battery health dropping 2% in only a week? Got my MBA on August 5...
     
  12. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1490

     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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