Battery/Charge question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LeahM, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. LeahM macrumors 6502a

    LeahM

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    Is it ok to leave the laptop plugged in all the time in my 17" MBP, or is it damaging to the battery?

    Whats the best way to get the longest life out of my battery?
     
  2. Joko macrumors 6502

    Joko

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    Well my machine is 5 years old and has been plugged in all the time basically.
    I'd say constantly recharging would be more work for the battery therefor shorter life span so i say keep it plugged in.

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  3. LeahM thread starter macrumors 6502a

    LeahM

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    Thank you for the answer.
    Also, how do you find out how many Cycles you have?
     
  4. ChrisN macrumors 65816

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  5. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

    forafireescape

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    Or you can download the Coconut Battery app.

    I've heard it's better to let your charge go down all the way to zero at least once a month. There are a bunch of other threads on this, so you could search and find some.
     
  6. espressoroast macrumors member

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    Both istatpro and coconut battery are great for health monitoring but I prefer istat to be able to see all sorts of things. Turning off its Wifi-component is probably a good idea in Leopard by the way, as far as I know.

    Anyway, here's what Apple has to say about how to maintain your batery;
    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html
     
  7. LeahM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried to look for other threads but I might have not worded it properly
     
  8. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    You don't have to worry about keeping your MBP plugged in. It's mostly the discharge/recharge cycle that wears the battery down. I may be wrong, but if the MBP is plugged in, it will run off of AC power rather than running off of battery and continually recharging it (if that's what your concern is). However, Apple recommends calibrating it every month or so to keep it performing optimally.
     
  9. Joko macrumors 6502

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    Sorry i meant 5 MONTHS old. iStat pro from www.islayer.com
     

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