Battery Life of Brand New MacBook Model

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  1. ryan101 macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    I bought a MacBook Pro about 2 days ago. It's the 15" model with publicised 8 hour battery life. I was pretty happy when I heard this. I want to know how Apple come to these numbers. So they say 8 hours battery life while playing a video on publicity material, does that mean that you have a video playing and you do nothing else?

    I was using doing normal internet browsing and replying to some emails the other day, so I use MS Office and Outlook, and I don't think I got just about 4 hours battery life. I can't be sure but I am now beginning to time it under different scenarios to see how long the battery lasts. I have a bad feeling it's going to be well below or even half of what Apple advertise.

    Does anyone have any knowledge or experience of this? Is anyone else feeling a bit disappointed or ripped off like I am?

    What is realistic when you are doing normal work like Office Applications and browsing.

    One other thing, when I went to the Apple store I asked them when the next MacBook product refresh was going to be? They said a refresh happened 2 weeks ago, so the models currently in are about 2 weeks old. Is this correct?

    Thanks all.
     
  2. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    From the footnote of the Tech Specs page of the website :

    For what its worth I do get the stated battery life, as did my previous late-2011 model.

    If you are using say Chrome instead of Safari or websites with plugins like Flash, Java and Silverlight they will adversely affect battery life.
     
  3. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Just as with car gas mileage - the purpose of the standard battery life quotes is to let you compare different models, in actual usage there are many variables which will cause YMMV effects. I can get indications (and actual times) of between 7.5hrs (light web browse, no flash, Safari, screen brightness at 50%), through to 2hrs (importing images into Aperture and preview creation). This is on a cMBP with 92% battery capacity and a circa 5-6hr original battery life quote IIRC - difference down to the SSD and careful usage to get the long duration.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    4 hours of battery for simple internet and office work - that seems rather light to me.

    I can't think of any other tasks that are the least stressful to the battery. I'd give apple a call, and/or exchange it since its brand new.
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    2 days old - it is possibly still spotlight indexing....

    Anyhow the best guide is the Activity Monitor - Energy Usage tab...
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    2 days to index a brand new laptop that has almost nothing on it. I'm not so sure about that. Even so, that should account for such poor battery life.

    Using the activity monitor is a good suggestion.

    OP by chance are you using Chrome instead of Safari? That's known to be problematic with OS X.
     
  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Well it kind of depends how long he has had it turned on and out of sleep in the two days....
     
  8. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Give it time. I get advertised battery after 3-4 charges of it not co-operating.
     
  9. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    After two weeks of use, my mid 2014 15" rMBP displays 11+ hours of battery left while light browsing in Safari. Of course this battery time is dependent on usage so give it a couple of weeks and see what you get.
     
  10. ryan101, Aug 17, 2014
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    ryan101 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    Thanks for your advice. I do have plenty of applications installed like CS6 but they were completely shut down. The only thing that I can think of that's using up battery power is Dropbox which was still synching. I don't know if Dropbox is a big battery drain or not. I also mainly use Chrome.

    When I set up my new Mac I used the option to restore my data, applications and settings from another computer. I am hoping that this shouldn't have any effect. One other thing my previous MacBook Air also didn't get close to living up to its advertised battery life.

    I am also checking that no applications are running on start up.

    By the way it's an i7 with 16GB RAM that shouldn't really make any difference right?

    I will give it another week and monitor and if necessary I will contact Apple.
     
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    This^^^^
    Apple has optimized safari to use less power.
     
  13. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Chrome is the problem.

    Chrome is the worst browser on OS X, it's a massive resource hog. Even Firefox performs better.
     
  14. ryan101 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi Guys,

    I wiped and reinstalled the OS, to give myself a clean slate. Also I din't bother importing the data, apps and settings this time. I am now already finding a big performance boost, although I just did it today. I have also started using Safari. I am finding that I can used most of my add ons on Safari. I always used to not used it in the past because of add ons not being always available.

    I will monitor it this week and let you know.
     
  15. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Mine gets a real world 7 hours. Mail, Safari, Twitter, iTunes. Just general use.

    I can use this rMBP more like an iPad, where you don't think about when you'll next charge it, than a traditional laptop that stays attached to a charger so it's always at 100% should you need it.
     
  16. ryan101 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. If I get 7 hours I would be over the moon. As I have the 15" it's advertised as 8 hours.
     
  17. Scdapower macrumors newbie

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    That depends what software and program you are using..The battery capacity is fixed. screen and cpu occupy 60~80% power, more internet page you browsing, more current the screen needs, no mention if you play a game... also the temperature effect.

     

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