Battery life in Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ABadSanta, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. ABadSanta macrumors regular

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    Has anyone else noticed that the battery indicator shows that Lion seems to have shortened the battery life of their laptop? I hope it's not just me.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    I get about the same battery life.
     
  3. Climbinjunkie macrumors newbie

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  4. FroMann macrumors 6502

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    I still get 4-5 hours when only using Google Chrome.
     
  5. Smork macrumors member

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    I only got to use my mbp for 30 minutes after the update, and it did seem like the battery life was shorter. I had 98% battery and it said 2:45 minutes remaining. I will look into this more after work.
     
  6. guitargoddsjm macrumors 6502

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    Just want to revisit this - has your battery life improved?

    It seems like Lion causes Spotlight to reindex which results in your CPU usage jumping up for a short while until it completes (which would result in increased heat, constant fan spinning, decreased battery life, etc.).
     
  7. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    After using Lion for a day and a half, my battery life is noticeably shorter. With SL I could get 5.5 hours. On lion it lasted 3.
     
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  9. buckers macrumors 6502

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    On a 2007 white MacBook. No noticeable decrease in performance or battery.
     
  10. cas85 macrumors regular

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    i have a mid-2010 13 inch MBP and my battery life is also VERY noticeably shorter. i'm talking at least 2.5 hours shorter.

    the only thing i can notice different in activity monitor is that Safari is using about 500MB more RAM than SL, but that's about it.

    I love the OS except for the reduced battery life and sometimes stuttering animations dealing with full screen apps.
     
  11. AML225 macrumors regular

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    My early 2011 15.4" high-end MBP is getting noticeably shorter battery life.
     
  12. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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  13. bangable macrumors newbie

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    macbook pro 13" early 2011

    5.5 hour estimate on 1/3 brightness, only running google chrome. defs shorter battery life.
     
  14. NeshyD macrumors regular

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    My battery life was quite short after upgrading (due Spotlight indexing), but now everything is back to normal. Very happy with this upgrade :D
     
  15. moez macrumors regular

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    Been using GM Lion (its the same as retail version I believe) and I have significant drop in battery life... Went from ~2:45hours to around 1:30hours with similar brightness / wifi on / bluetooth off.

    This is annoying :(
     
  16. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    I expect battery issues to be solved in coming updates, there's probably some bugs/unoptimisation that's making batteries run low
     
  17. Inopia-Vi macrumors regular

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    Battery life was shorter for about an hour. Once spotlight finishes to reindex,closing all apps and restart seemed to have solved the problem for me...

    Maybe a SMC reset would help?
     
  18. nunes013 macrumors 65816

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    my battery used to be around 3:45 on a full charge and is at 1:33 now. spotlight has indexed, closed applications and did a restart. same thing so hopefully fixed in 10.7.1. im sure apple wanted to get this out so a lot might not be optimized yet.
     

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