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Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tsawyer, Jan 3, 2010.
It's in a white Macbook that is 44 months old. Is there any hope for my battery?
Your battery is over 3.5 years old. It's dead.
Its not just cycles but time as well. Buy a new battery.
...when you do replace the battery, use it "unplugged" more and you'd get a bit more life from it... although 3.5 yrs old is still a long time...
95 cycles over 44 months is roughly twice per month, or exactly what Apple and most of the other self-proclaimed battery saints on MR recommend. Not saying you're wrong...just saying
I'd say it's more the total age of the unit at this point though.
I don't think Apple recommends that. They do recommend you calibrate the battery after 30 cycles or once a month so they are expecting perhaps a cycle a day. Most people end up with a few cycles every week in "normal" usage. 2 cycles a months seems rather low.
That doesn't say use it once or twice a month, as you were implying. It says ... use it. If you dont use your device often, be sure to complete a charge cycle at least once a month.
...in other words exactly what the OP was doing, qed.
My MB battery has 73 cycles and is nearly 2 yrs old. My battery health is still
around 92-94%. Batteries can and do last 4-5 years normally from my experience.
However, a friend of mine with a SR MBP is on his 3rd battery in less than 3 yrs and does everything by the book. Battery life does seem to vary quite a bit.
It's not off the charger often and I hardly ever run the battery all the way down, so yeah the cycles are from partial and infrequent discharges.
It's counterintuitive, at least to me, that light battery usage would kill a battery sooner that its expected lifetime which, as I understand it, is 5 years or 300 cycles.