batterly Load Cycles

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  1. branharrison6 macrumors member

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    Is it better if your battery has more batterly loadcycles??
     
  2. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty sure that means how many times the battery has been discharged and charged completely. So, not necessarily.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    No. It is an indicaton of the "age" of your battery. Battery performance degrades with more load cycles.
     
  4. juanster macrumors 68020

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    agree
     
  5. winchest macrumors regular

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    So is it better to leave your laptop plugged in most of the time with letting it drain occassionally to keep the load cycles lower? I tend to do the opposite and let it drain daily.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Not necessarily. Battery performance depends on several things. Apple recommends that you "keep the electrons moving". The battery system is ideally designed for a commuter type situation: run on battery for a few times a week and recalibrate every two months. If you leave your MacBook plugged in all the time then you should recalibrate once a month.

    Its a balance between load cycles and battery-only usage.

    If you completely drain daily, your battery will probably last 18 months or about 500 load cycles before it drops below 50% capacity.
     

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