2 Things that damaged my MBA battery

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by elmughrabi, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. elmughrabi macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2010
    Hi guys,
    my beloved Macbook Air 13 got a damaged battery. Out of no where, a server battery pops up for me. I looked around and read about it and here the things that could cause such thing:

    1- Using Final Cut Pro X, I noticed that when I was rendering a clip, the fan got crazy. I thought it was normal because of the task but i was wrong. the heat will damage the battery.

    2- Using Cases , like Speck, They could overheat the mac.or they could not let the mac cool itself quickly.

    and I did those two things in the last month.
    Just wanted to share with you.

    thank you.

    Macbook Air 13" (mid 2012) | 2 GHz Intel Core i7 | 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 | Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    What was the temps of your computer when running FCPX? Hearing the fans ramp up is not a bad thing, that means the computer is trying to keep itself cool and if got too hot, it would shut down.

    I don't think there's enough evidence to suggest using FCP can damage a battery. Quite the contrary, there's more anecdotal evidence to point to using apps that it was intended to run, won't damage the battery.

    As for the case, if the ventilation is covered by the case, then heat could be a problem, but from my knowledge, spec made sure that the its case doesn't block the vents. I don't use a spec case, but I do have a case on my MBP and there's been zero temperate change with the case and without. I typically run in the 40 celsius range
  3. navaira macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2015
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    I have a case on my MBA. Battery temp is around 30 degrees and hardly ever goes above 32. smcFanControl gives me temperatures ranging between 25 (MB freshly awoken, having its first cup of coffee) to about 60. Is that an indication my case is causing it to heat up too much? I haven't heard the fan once.
  4. elmughrabi, Dec 17, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 17, 2015

    elmughrabi thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2010
    Thank you for the comments. I don't know for sure how much the temperature was when I used FCPX but I could feel the heat. Also the fan was trying but I am not sure it succeeded. But in general I don't think the app ruined the battery but using heavy apps like this on my mac could cause problems.

    About the case, maybe you are right, i don't know for sure.

  5. joshlalonde macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2014
    Using resource intensive applications will not hurt your battery. As someone pointed out, the fans prevent it from heating up too much and the last countermeasure is to shut off to prevent damage. Using a case can impede the cooling down process but that will not damage your battery.

    However certain practices can shorten your batteries lifespan such as never giving your laptop a chance to discharge.

    So use the resource intensive applications without fear. Edit: misread the first part. Even then how old is your Air?
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    It's made of aluminium. Aluminium displaces heat. So while it may feel hot to the touch, the CPU actually runs cooler than it would in a comparative Lenovo/HP ultrabook under the same load.
  7. AtomicGrog macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2011
    Were they concurrent? if so i'd suggest that you shouldn't be blaming Final Cut if the case was preventing the cooling.

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