Always run on battery or only once every few days?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dacapo, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. dacapo macrumors 6502

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    Sorry for yet another question on battery life, but I wasn't quite sure on how to maximize my battery life.

    On the one hand, it's supposed to help battery life if I keep the electrons moving.

    On the other hand, every time I work on battery power it will require that I eventually plug it in, thereby increasing the battery charge 'cycles'.

    So, I'm trying to understand what the optimal strategy would be: Is it better to run on battery all the time and plug in only to recharge? Or is it better to use the MBP plugged in and consciously run it on battery life one or two times a week?
     
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  3. dacapo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, I guess it's the latter -- run it on AC normally and consciously run off of batteries once a week or so?

    (I'm near an AC adapter 99% of the time.)
     
  4. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    iCal reminds me every month to run my MBP off of the power cable and run the battery down before recharging. Go to the apple web site and type in batteries in the quick search and follow the directions.
     
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    Once a month is sufficient, no need to do it weekly.
     
  6. dacapo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool, thanks.
     

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