4.30 Hours of battery time for my Macbook Pro? Normal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Antidoll, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Antidoll macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    First of all I want to say THANK YOU so much for all you geniuses on this forum!

    I had asked couple weeks ago for help upgrading my Macbook pro and now I can say I am the proud owner of a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 with 16 GB memory and an SSD!

    It definitely boosted my Macbook performance!


    Now I noticed that my Macbook Pro, FULLY charged at 100% doesn't give me more than 4:24 hours

    Now mind you, my screen is usually maximum brightness, but I don't do anything beside use google Chrome and occasionally have Skype running in the background...

    Anything I can do to improve it? (Btw my Macbook is late 2011)
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There are many factors that impact your battery life, and screen brightness is a major factor. See the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link for details, including tips on how to maximize your battery life.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
  3. teribithia macrumors member


    Oct 18, 2012
    Compare to mine it is too normal.

    After frequently use in 2 years my macbook battery only can last 3 hours :mad::mad:
  4. Antidoll thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008

    Thanks! I have read that! I think my battery is normal, but how could I improve the performance? Lower the brightness? Replace it with a stronger battery?
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can't replace it with a stronger battery. Yes, lowering the brightness will help a lot. Read the section of the FAQ I mentioned in my last post for tips.
  6. brdeveloper, Oct 25, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2013

    brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    When just reading PDFs I already downloaded, I turn off wi-fi. Wifi is a battery eater... if you have an ethernet cable nearby, use it. Also, decreasing screen brightness helps a lot. Skype will eat your battery when compressing and decompressing video while makes your wifi adapter work harder. Use Mavericks for saving around 5-10% battery life. Of course, turn off bluetooth.

    There are more fine-grained tips and tricks like turning off some hardware tasks when not in use for a certain time. There are the mandatory ones like disabling the sudden motion sensor when you have a SSD. Also removing superdrive will make you save battery by not keeping the drive in standby (kidding).

    I think 4h30 is pretty normal under the conditions you mentioned.
  7. ckeck macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2005
    I know there are other factors, but just putting this out there.

    If battery life is a key concern, you should look at the Airs.

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