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Nikita Zelenyuk

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Hello. I just tested for couple of hours my 16inch MacBook Pro. It was full charged at 10:10 and now at 14:10 I have only 40%. I didn't do any performance task just slightly web browsing and watching video. Brightness was about 75%. Is that normal?
 

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If you have nothing externally connected, e.g. USB disk, it depends on if you use the dGPU or not. You can see this in the About this MAC, menu. I have little experience with my 16” sofar but for my 2016, battery life would be halved when the dGPU was activated.
 
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Nikita Zelenyuk

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If you have nothing externally connected, e.g. USB disk, it depends on if you use the dGPU or not. You can see this in the About this MAC, menu. I have little experience with my 16” sofar but for my 2016, battery life would be halved when the dGPU was activated.
Nothing is connected at all. I used only safari for web browsing that's it.
 
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obargy

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New macs do spotlight indexing which is very battery consuming. So don’t worry and give it some time.
After one week on hand, my 16-inch MBP’s battery life can vary from 6 hours to 13 hours depending on different work load. So I think the battery performance is not bad at all ;)

Ps. mine is the i9 standard configuration model (i9 2.3Ghz / 16GB / 5500M-4GB / 1TB)

Edit: I got similar battery performance with a higher configuration model (i9 2.3Ghz / 32GB / 5500M-8GB / 1TB)
 
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Nikita Zelenyuk

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New macs do spotlight indexing which is very battery consuming. So don’t worry and give it some time.
After one week on hand, my 16-inch MBP’s battery life can vary from 6 hours to 13 hours depending on different work load. So I think the battery performance is not bad at all ;)
Thank you for replying.
 
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I have literally 1 and a half more hour than my 2018 using for the same tasks
So i can get easily 10 hours at night when the display is around 250nits
Under heavy load...after 2 hours the battery goes from 100% to around 48-52%
So i can trust this one if i need at least 4 hours for heavy work, something that my 2018 never had unless it was fully charged 100%
 
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Thank you for replying.

no problem ;) and you may want to check the estimated battery life (how may hours remaining) in Activity Monitor. Apple got it removed from the battery icon drop down menu in previous softwares. Another work around is to use iStat Menus, they report the same number as Apple does. Just keep in mind that this estimated battery life from Apple is very pessimistic. Like even if you see 6 hours remaining, you will probably end up with more, depending on your usage.
 
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Nikita Zelenyuk

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no problem ;) and you may want to check the estimated battery life (how may hours remaining) in Activity Monitor. Apple got it removed from the battery icon drop down menu in previous softwares. Another work around is to use iStat Menus, they report the same number as Apple does. Just keep in mind that this estimated battery life from Apple is very pessimistic. Like even if you see 6 hours remaining, you will probably end up with more, depending on your usage.
So on 95% I have around 4 hours is still okay?
 

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Nikita Zelenyuk

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It's fine! You will see this figure improve when all the background indexing are finished. I would suggest to plug-in your MBP to accelerate the background setup activities.
Thank you so much. Im calm now
 
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I have the base mode i7 16" I can literally go 1.5 days without a charge pretty unreal, wondering if the i9 is similar? 16"?
 
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Nikita Zelenyuk

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Sort your Activity Monitor by the Graphics Card column and just see if there's anything running there that is requiring your dGPU to be on. While that is active you won't get good battery life.

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Just looking for anything that says "Yes"
For now all apps shows NO
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I have the base mode i7 16" I can literally go 1.5 days without a charge pretty unreal, wondering if the i9 is similar? 16"?
I have i9 model. I have about 6-7 hours light (safari, mail, YouTube) usage. Will continue monitoring
 
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While installing and analyzing music files i went though 100% battery in about 6 hours. I analyzed about a total of 4000 Songs so thats alot. Also i installed ableton, plug-in and dj'd a bit. I let the battery completly drain, then i recharged it and almost drained it again from lastnight to this morning. I installed Windows, and played some quake champions to see how it was. Fans are very noticable. but they do cool it down in minutes. so atleast they are doing what they are supposed to. I used an external HDMI with it and had a noticable Latency with playing quake. I should probably get a thunderbold display or something along those lines i get to cut that down. On the 16 inch screen itself there is no latency though. So that was killer. So far a pretty good experience. Still debate if im even going to keep it. I may just return it, build a pc for gaming/music production and then wait for the 14inch and buy a low end of that just for djing.

We will see...
Hopefully the battery life increases. Im only on day 2.
 
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I have the 16 i9 2.3 with 32 RAM and 5500M/8 GB and my battery has been pretty horrible thus far. I restored the computer out of the box from my previous 13. I haven’t done anything with the SMC and have yet to update to the newer version of Catalina .1 (supplemental update). I have been using Lightroom for importing and viewing photos, but not much actual editing. I had 19% battery last night with my client to show them photos and maybe got 10 minutes tops of simply viewing images before the thing died.

I also used Numbers on a spreadsheet for about 40 minutes and lost 30%+ of the battery. The computer also gets pretty hot fairly quickly during many such tasks.

Anyone have an idea if the smc reset or supplemental update may make any difference? If not, I feel as if a return is in my future ):
 
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I have the 16 i9 2.3 with 32 RAM and 5500M/8 GB and my battery has been pretty horrible thus far. I restored the computer out of the box from my previous 13. I haven’t done anything with the SMC and have yet to update to the newer version of Catalina .1 (supplemental update). I have been using Lightroom for importing and viewing photos, but not much actual editing. I had 19% battery last night with my client to show them photos and maybe got 10 minutes tops of simply viewing images before the thing died.

I also used Numbers on a spreadsheet for about 40 minutes and lost 30%+ of the battery. The computer also gets pretty hot fairly quickly during many such tasks.

Anyone have an idea if the smc reset or supplemental update may make any difference? If not, I feel as if a return is in my future ):

I have the same specs and problems as you. It’s really upsetting that a new computer would be having so much trouble. I was importing photos into Lightroom and my battery dropped from 32% to 2% in like 15 minutes.
 
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I have the 16 i9 2.3 with 32 RAM and 5500M/8 GB and my battery has been pretty horrible thus far. I restored the computer out of the box from my previous 13. I haven’t done anything with the SMC and have yet to update to the newer version of Catalina .1 (supplemental update). I have been using Lightroom for importing and viewing photos, but not much actual editing. I had 19% battery last night with my client to show them photos and maybe got 10 minutes tops of simply viewing images before the thing died.

I also used Numbers on a spreadsheet for about 40 minutes and lost 30%+ of the battery. The computer also gets pretty hot fairly quickly during many such tasks.

Anyone have an idea if the smc reset or supplemental update may make any difference? If not, I feel as if a return is in my future ):

Why not do the supplemental update meant for the release of the computer and see if that improves things? I have a clean install, not restored like you, and my battery life is pretty good. Does seem a bit better than my previous 15 inch.
 
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I get about 2.5 hrs from just web browsing (only safari open 5 tabs). 1 week old 2.4 Ghz i9\64GB\5500M 8GB\2TB. Have to say I'me pretty disappointed. Anything with a bit of load I get about an hour.
 
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I get about 2.5 hrs from just web browsing (only safari open 5 tabs). 1 week old 2.4 Ghz i9\64GB\5500M 8GB\2TB. Have to say I'me pretty disappointed. Anything with a bit of load I get about an hour.

This sounds really bad. One hour to get from 100% to 0%?
 
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