Battery Life running Parallels on 2016 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Crowdx44, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. Crowdx44 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Hi all,
    so I wonder what people's experience has been running Windows 10 using parallels on a MBP 2016. Am I correct in assuming battery life would not be much different with parallels running windows 10 vs bootcamp? My observation has been that bootcamp battery life is pretty weak.
  2. DMod macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    I run windows 10 in parallels everyday and I get about 10-12 hours of battery life with a combination of using that vm/normal web browsing with safari. At first my battery was dying really quickly, but that is because parallels was in high performance mode and kicking on the dGPU. I adjusted it to be battery conscious (and use the integrated gpu) and now it's great. I don't do anything really intensive in parallels, since I'm usually using it to connect to another VM over my company's VPN.
  3. deadworlds macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2007
    Citrus Heights,CA
    I use fusion to run my windows 10 VM. I have assigned two CPU cores to the VM and set it to use the iGPU. I get about 6 hrs or so, if I remember right, running visual studio and some web browsing. Along with with using the Mac OS to perform other tasks.

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