2010 MBP Battery Life Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by windowdrummer, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. windowdrummer macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    Hey, new here. I just bought a base-model 13" MBP and have an inquiry about the battery. The Apple site states it has 10 hours of batt. life. However, after a full charge my notebook mentions that just about 7 hours of life is remaining. Shouldn't it be showing 10?

    Here's my battery info if it helps:

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: 9G0230QZPD3MA
    Manufacturer: DP
    Device name: bq20z451
    Pack Lot Code: 0000
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0201
    Hardware Revision: 0002
    Cell Revision: 0158
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 5475
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 5825
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 3
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): -1002
    Voltage (mV): 12202

    I'm quite a newbie so thanks for any help.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Apple on notebook batteries
    Apple Portable: Calibrating your computer's battery for best performance
    Laptop Battery Guide

    Have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities) and select Show All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be (the more CPU is used, the more power is needed, thus the battery is drained faster).

    image below uses sorting by CPU as an example

    Also use MRoogle to find thousands of battery threads, that revolve ariund the same issue.
  3. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    10 hours is when you lower the screen all the way down to the last bar.

    Currently I have the brightness at 2/3 with Wi-Fi on and I am just browsing forums and it says 8 hours. And yes I do get the full 8 hours. Once i go on Youtube, it goes down to 3-4 hours.
  4. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Depends on what you are doing on the computer. For example, watching videos will decrease battery life significantly.

    I recommend doing a battery calibration, repair disk permissions and reset the SMC.
  5. windowdrummer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    thanks for the links and information. really helped me out in understanding. and yeah in my haste i failed to notice that the reported time varies greatly with change in usage. the life i've been actually getting, while i haven't timed it, isn't grossly less or anything. i've always used desktops so it's probably an elementary thing.

    thanks all. :)
  6. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    And notice that even when viewing or watching videos, you'll get 3-4 hours of battery life which is MORE than most PC's during IDLE!

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