Actual battery life of Macbook Pro 13"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stab244, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. stab244 macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2009
    I was planning on getting a 13" MacBook Pro and was wondering if they actually live up to the 7 hour battery life that Apple said it has. My friend says it does, but I highly doubt that he actually tried it out.
  2. W00DI macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2009
    It only lives up to it if you turn off wifi, lower the brightness, turn off bluetooth, ect. I get about 4-5 hours with internet use and about 1 1/2 hours with gta 4. it has a very good battery. I love my macbook.:apple:
  3. stab244 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2009
    So basically only document editting if I want the whole 7 hours... Meh. I can live with that. Better than the Gateway that I have right now.
  4. trungthiendo macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    the 7 hr they claim is with wifi on, 50% brightness and just websurfing or editing a document

    u'll get near it if u surf non intensive sites, youtube's out of the question, just basic sites no flash and u should get that 7 hr.
  5. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    I get 4 hours of surfing the web and using youtube and other flash games. While on word, I get a lot more. It gets pretty nice battery life IMO.
  6. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    I have a tough time getting even 5 hours, but when I'm on battery I almost always have transmission going, getting around 3 hours with that and surfing the web at half brightness.

    Anyone else getting crappy battery life while torrenting?
  7. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    I get pretty bad battery life when doing anything except brief internet browsing.. Then again, I keep mine plugged in and only have 25 cycles.
  8. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I would say you can expect to get at least five hours of productive work from a charge. More if you turn off Airport and drop the screen brightness even lower (I keep mind around 50% anyway - 100% is way to bright!).

    Torrenting is keeping a constant airport connection open and active. Of course it's going to reduce battery life. :rolleyes:
  9. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2004
    I'm very very happy with my battery life. Yes you have to practice conservation methods but you can eek out 7hrs! That's pretty amazin.
  10. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
  11. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    I get over 7 hours of wireless surfing + spotify music with like 30-40% brightness on screen and using Leopard. Since I upgraded to Snow Leopard I am happy to get 5 hours...
  12. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    I have no idea how AnandTech got over 8 hours.

    Snow Leopard decreases battery life on many 13" laptops as Apple left out 9CC2 screen settings, and as such you can't lower the screen brighness as much as on other models/Leopard.
    On Leopard I got 7 hours by careful usage, normal usage around 6.
    On Snow Leopard I just get over 5:30.
    It's still a GREAT battery
  13. Thomas Davie macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    This is for a UMBP 17, but I think it is a good indicator of how Apple products (MB/MBP) can have good battery life. I get 4.5 hours plaing Civ 3 Conquests inside of Parallels 4.0 at full brightness.


    (wireless on and bluetooth on for mouse).
  14. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2008
    As always your milage will vary, even the temp of your room will make a difference. Cooler rooms decrease battery life.
  15. Basti.13 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    Another thing I noticed is that once I start MS Word my battery life goes down considerably. Dunno why that happens but it does happen... So if you're just editing stuff you maybe wanna use another word processor if you really need the 7 hours.
    Otherwise I haven't managed to run out of battery life yet (if I didn't want to drain it on purpose that is...)

    Best regards,
  16. roblin macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    really good for me. i had a mbp 17" 2007 which i could watch one movie on, on my 13" 2009 i can watch two.

    dont know about times, but i am very happy with the battery life.
  17. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2008
    The battery life on the 2009 unibodies is amazing. Thats the only thing that I wish my unibody had...
  18. Frankie. macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2009
    I use mine at school and it normally lasts 5 hours or so... and that's with a little gaming going on during class haha
  19. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    I get at least 5.5 hours.

    Screen at halfway
    Wifi on + browsing
    bluetooth off

    Not 7, but still damn amazing to me coming from the 1/5 (if lucky) battery life of my 2007 toshiba I had.
  20. Frankie. macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2009
    I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 that is lucky to get 40 minutes without it plugged in. It's truly pathetic.
  21. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    No matter which unibody you buy, you can expect good battery life. I'm not complaining.
  22. stab244 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2009
    If I were to get a bigger MBP, would battery life increase as well? I only think that it does since bigger screen means bigger chassis which means more space for a bigger battery.
  23. crimsonidol macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2009
    I have a 13" mbp and having about 4-4.5 hours watching movie, everything else turned off and at one bar dim of light.

    When i use nothing blueettoth/wireless but a text editor I still can't get 7 hours. Using Snow Leopard at the moment. Should go to an apple store and complaint about it or these times are normal?

    since people saying they reach 7 hours and I can not, I am getting jelaous:mad:

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