7 hours battery life

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SamtheDrummer, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. SamtheDrummer macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    How many people have actually got 7 hours battery out of their MBP?

    Fully charged I get about 4.5hrs with bluetooth off, which is okay I guess.
    Is there any way of getting this magical 7 hours or is it just the marketing of Apple by saying 'up to 7 hours' meaning you might not get anywhere near that?
  2. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    a couple threads on it already, i maybe get 4.
  3. okatidubi macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
    The info you gave was vague.

    What is your display brightness? Do you have WiFi on? Are you surfing the web with lots of Flash or HTML content? Are you using intensive programmes such as Photoshop? Are you using the 9400M or 9600M GT graphics?

    Apple gets their 7 hour results with the following quote from their website:

    "...MacBook Pro units with a Better Battery Life setting. The wireless productivity test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing various websites and editing text in a word processing document with display brightness set to 50%."
  4. SamtheDrummer thread starter macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    Display brightness - just below 50%
    No keyboard backlight

    Just using the internet - looking at forums
  5. NeoCracer macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
    I think I have the same 'problem' as you.
    My MBP only lasts 4,5 to 5 hours on battery.

    And it's only running iTunes, iCal, Mail and Safari and a chat-client.

    Brightness at 50% or less.
    9400M graphics

    Battery health is at 99% and since it's new it has been calibrated only once.

    I hope it improves over time...

    Or is 5 hours quite normal on a MBP 15" June 09 ?
  6. Z06jerry macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    You battery run time will increase if you quit iTunes and set your energy saver preference to allow the hard disc to sleep when possible
  7. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    2 week old 15" MBP 2.53GHz, the wife gets 8 hours or more when just browsing the internet.

    Display at 50%, keyboard not illuminated etc. Haven't even considered turning bluetooth off yet. Been calibrated once.
  8. CompanionCube macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2009
    A battery calibration will assist in this matter.

    I get almost 8 hours on my 15" 2.66 MBP on 9400 m, brightness at 50% surfing forums.
  9. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    I found with my MBA that the battery life seemed to increase after 5 or 6 charge cycles from new, don't know if that applies to the MBP or not but its worth looking for [​IMG]
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No it won't. Battery calibration doesn't affect actual battery life in the short term.

    That being said, I get anywhere from 6 to 9 hours when I'm running off the battery.
  11. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I get over 8 hours with bluetooth on (not using it), wireless on (using it), surfing and using Skype. I have the 13" MBP. Okay, your usage seems fairly low, however did you restart the computer so no processes could be running the background. Sometimes processes run in the background even if you're not doing much so a restart is best to test the MBP. Even resetting the PRAM would greatly help for testing.
    Multiple tabs open will pull on the battery as well.
  12. Shiner macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Your numbers are dead on. 4.5 hours is what I get when actually USING the laptop. LOL. People on this forum will do anything to tell you their laptop is working as intended. The 7 hour statement is true if you use your laptop like a way overpriced netbook. I like to see things on my screen!! Less than 50% brightness??? Come on. Do you guys really live like this?
  13. CompanionCube macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2009
    Actually yes, it will.

    Battery calibration is essential for proper HARDWARE performance, due to the microprocessor controls.


    Please educate yourself before posting.
  14. LTX macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2008
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Notebookreview got 8 hours out of it...

  15. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    I was always told battery calibration just helps the computer tell you accurately what your battery life is.

    That's mostly what Apple says too. There's still the same amount of juice in it, it's just going to tell you otherwise and keep changing its mind until it finally dies.
  16. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    Same here... 7-8 hours with
    50% brightness
    No backlight keyboard
    No Bluetooth
    Wi-fi on
    Safari on - surfing sites with minimal Flash and video content - i.e. no Youtube

    If I play Football Manager 09 on 25% brightness and with no wi-fi, I get ~4 hours.
  17. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    Screen brightness around 50% (but at auto dim and it was turning darker and darker, started at 7 pm) I was installing/copying data from external drives while using a wireless mouse and having bluetooth on (didn't know it was). Also used illuminated keyboard for a while. After 5 hours of surfing while installing and all that I had 20% left on my MBP 13", so just surfing would most likely give me well over 7 hours since I also played a game for 40 min during those 5 hours.
  18. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    When I use minimum brightness, turn bluetooth off, and just have Safari open, I have gotten 7.5 hrs.:eek: The battery is insane. Period. :)

    EDIT: All-time low so far is about 4 hrs: 100% screen & backlight, forgot what stuff I was doing...
  19. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    This has been asked uncountable times. Personally I have got a literal 8:30hrs out of this once, and it usually lasts me about 6:30hrs if I'm doing browsing/word processing.

    It can last that long, however it may be caused by many different factors.
  20. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No, you are simply wrong. It's ok. Please understand what you read on the links you post before acting haughty.

    Onscreen battery time and percent display accuracy have nothing to do with the actual battery capacity, a small point you seem to miss. "...keep the battery operating at maximum efficiency" is sufficiently vague as to not even be an argument, unless you care to explain exactly what this means with some authority. I'm assuming you know what you're talking about when you throw around big words like "microprocessor controls." Care to qualify that statement?

    Don't feel too bad though- it seems to be a common misconception on these forums and others that battery calibration is the be-all and end-all solution to solving battery problems.

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