Battery life for 13" and 15" Macbook Pro

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  1. fokmik macrumors 68000

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    Put here for all of us your battery life for surfing the web on MacRumors
    From what i read, after indexing and all of that is done, the battery usage is like 11 hours for 15" and 12 hours for the 13"
     
  2. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

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    Battery life is critical for me and one of the reasons I stayed with my 2013 MBA.

    Would be nice to have confirmation that the new MBPs do indeed allow for moderate use for more than 10 hours.

    Seems the non TB model is a go. What about the TB models people are receiving since yesterday?
     
  3. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    I would love to hear some real-world reports as well.

    I read that the battery for the 13" TB version is horrible—6-7 hours.

    The 15" TB seems to be a lot better at 10-11 hours. I could definitely live with that, and I like that it has the same dimensions as my 2013 MBA. However, it is a pound heavier, and that's significant.

    The 13" non-TB seems to be closer to 12 hours with light usage. This probably makes the most sense for me given how I will use this machine, but the one thing about the TB version I'm drawn to is TouchID. I am a heavy 1Password user and they've already released an update that allows using TouchID to access the vault and passwords, which would be a major time saver for me.
     
  4. fokmik thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i read and watch video reviews that both TB versions should last with light usage up to 10-11 hours for sure. Only outdoors with brightness high, i read that can last for 8-9 hours
     
  5. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    I would like to believe that, but the Verge review of the 13" TB version got only 5-6 hours. Apple felt certain that it must have been a defective unit, so they shipped Verge another one. Same result.

    I am getting my 13" TB version tomorrow, so I will of course test it out with my own usage. If it gets 10 hours I'll be happy. I usually have it on 50-60% brightness and never use it outdoors.
     
  6. yillbs macrumors 6502

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    It is a bit strange that we have all these people with devices, and no one seems to know anything about them? or rather, very little. Where are the reviews on day to day usage. Where is the data on battery life? some report 6 hours, some report 11.. there isn't this big of a gap, that i'm sure of. Mine comes today, we'll get some useful information then :p
     
  7. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    Problem for me is that this is not my primary work computer (that's an iMac). I use it mostly when I travel, and that's when the battery life becomes important. I don't have a trip planned in the next two weeks, so I'm relying on the reports of others for battery life (before my return window closes).
     
  8. fokmik, Nov 15, 2016
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    please plug and charge your mac until your setting it up, let it reach 100%, let it finishing indexing etc than unplug, surf the web for 5-10 min and see what you get estimated time. Thank you so much. Are you sure you get yours today? what model 13" or 15" ?
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    At 80% it's estimating 8:44 remaining ( 15" MBP )
     
  9. yillbs macrumors 6502

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    It just got here actually. I'm charging it to 100% then I'll set a timer and do actual normal day stuff, I'm going to the office tonight so I'll bring it with me and use it instead of my 2013. Hoping for at least 8 hours
     
  10. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    Whoa! UPS just arrived and my 13" TB is here! A day earlier than expected. I won't have time to set it up before I head to work, but I plan to test the battery life tomorrow.
     
  11. cibonak macrumors regular

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    Latest Macbook Air 13' has the best battery life
     
  12. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. Unfortunately, it also has the worst screen
     
  13. fokmik thread starter macrumors 68000

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    nice, thank you. Some others with 15" reporting that after all the setting up and indexing things, they are getting around 11-12 hours for light usage with the battery full
     
  14. maerz001 macrumors 6502a

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    Why do u think they have the same dimensions? From apples spec sheet I see: The 15" is actually 14mm by 34mm bigger. 227x325mm air , 241x349mm 15"pro.
     
  15. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, didn't meant to say same, but pretty close. I have a 2013 MBA and it is sitting side by side with the new 13" TB. The 2013 MBA is bigger... if the 15" TB is close enough in dims to the 2013, I might consider it—especially if it gets an extra hour or two of battery life compared to the 13".
     
  16. maerz001 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok. Now I understand. Yes the air is almost in the middle. With the 13"pro being 212x304mm, the air is 15x21mm bigger.

    I was hoping that they would introduce a 14" screen keeping the similar body size as the old 13". The 15" is still a bit too heavy for my taste
     
  17. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    Okay, just finished setting up my TB 13". Charged to full, no Spotlight indexing or anything. Battery is showing 9:41 remaining:

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    I could probably live with this if it actually gets 9:41. But it is declining rapidly. It started at 9:51 right after I unplugged it, then dropped to 9:41 in about 15 seconds, and now just after I took this screenshot it's already down to 9:21. That's not encouraging. All I'm doing right now is posting this message. Safari open and a few other apps, nothing intensive.
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    Okay, this is bad news. My last post was about 52 minutes ago. I was eating dinner for about 45 of those 52 minutes, and the MBP was just sitting idle during that time. Check out what the battery indicator shows now:

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    I'm afraid the Verge review was right. In 52 minutes of no use at all, my battery went from 9:21 remaining to 6:57 remaining. That's ridiculous—I'm returning this for sure.

    I can only hope the 15" model fares better, because I've already gotten pretty attached to TouchID. Not sure about TB itself yet, but TouchID alone makes it worthwhile for me (especially with 1Password).
     
  18. kokhoong0624 macrumors regular

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    Would like to hear more about the 15 inch ._. On Reddit I saw someone who said that they get an average of 6-7 hours only
     
  19. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    Really? I thought people were getting closer to 10 with the 15".

    Looking forward to reports from others.
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    Since my last update about two hours ago I used Safari for about 30 min of basic browsing, and then watched a one-hour show on Netflix. I'm now down to 3:53 remaining. At this rate it's looking like I will get under 7 hours, which is consistent with the Verge review.

    I will obviously try a few more battery cycles before deciding what to do. Hoping that some of this is just indexing or something.
     
  20. Antairez macrumors regular

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    Could you open up activity monitor and paste the screenshot of the Energy tab please? Thank you.
     
  21. badlydrawnboy, Nov 16, 2016
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    Sure, here it is.

    This morning I woke up (didn't have the MBP plugged in overnight) and had 2:47 remaining when I took this screenshot. Since then it's gone up to 3:31. But that is still on track for <7 hours.
     
  22. TheBuffather macrumors 6502

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    Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 12.47.47 PM.png

    Looks like I've got a solid 20 hours once fully charged. :confused:. There's no reason that MacOS should be estimating 20 hours, with my screen brightness 3/4th of the way up. Something seems off in the software.
     
  23. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    I've noticed that too. The estimates vary wildly. For example, about 30 min ago it said 2 hours remaining. Now it says :45 min. I've been doing the same things: email, web browsing, Slack.

    Other times the estimate actually increased, again with no change in what I was doing.

    Update: I just downloaded "Battery Health 2" from the AppStore (very well reviewed). It shows an estimate for time remaining that is nearly identical to the Mac OS estimate.
     
  24. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

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    Battery ran out about 20 min ago. I got about 6.5 hours of use, max. I'm really hoping the next cycle is better, but somehow I doubt it will be >2 hours better.

    Any reports from 15" users?
     
  25. happypappy macrumors regular

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    Not happy with the battery either. I was editing my MacBook review video last night and at 6:28pm it was at 100%. At 8:52pm it was down to about 42%. Sure, I was using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and always have Mail, Safari, and notes running. But, it should die THAT fast. I will need to test only using less resource intensive apps like just surfing the web, watching Netflix, emails, etc. and see how it goes. Hoping we either need to "break in" the battery. Or, a software update to fix the problem.
     

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