Battery Cycles :/

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ki2594, May 7, 2008.

  1. ki2594 macrumors 6502a

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    I really don't know if I should worry when my battery cycles go up....its at 27 now. Sorry I don't know about the cycles.
     
  2. EngBrian macrumors regular

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    Cycles are the number of times that your battery has gone from fully charged to discharged and back to charged (one cycle). You can also have a bunch of partial cycles that add up to a full cycle ie. you discharge to half and recharge and then do it again...that will only count as one cycle.

    In the last 10 months I have gone through 80 cycles with no adverse affects to my battery. I would say I am a light user without being plugged in as I am sure there are users with higher cycle counts.

    I don't have a reference but I believe apple says that after 300 cycles you should still have 80% of your original battery life.

    check out the Coconut battery app (search google) and it will give you how many cycles you have done and a comparison of your current battery health to the original.

    cheers
     
  3. ki2594 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    though in a few years when i have gone through 300+ cycles and my battery charge begins to go down, will just buying a new battery solve the problem?
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Usually, a battery will last you 3 years. And yes, you can just buy a new one.
     
  5. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Just use Coconut Battery to check on the current stats of your battery. You should also Calibrate your battery at least once a month too to make sure it stays in top shape and for best performance.
     

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