Battery life running windows ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by interinfo, May 23, 2012.

  1. interinfo macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2012
    In some tests they claim around 30 % less battery life running windows .

    Is this the typical experience of people ?

    What windows version has the best battery life ?
  2. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2011
    California, USA
    I've actually had better battery life running windows 7 ultimate 64bit.
  3. interinfo thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2012
  4. AussieDennis macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2012
  5. interinfo thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2012
    What windows and how much you get on OSX ?
  6. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    5~6 hours in Windows 7 Ultimate.
    6~8 hours on OSX 10.7.4 Lion (half brightness, 1 backlit keyboard, just web serfing, bluetooth off)
  7. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    I get about 25% less running WinXP on my 2009 MacBook Air, and if I'm playing a game? Battery life plummets, due to the cpu running, fans going, etc.

    So, depends on what you are doing, how you are doing it, and any conservation measures you take.
  8. yourmother macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    i get a solid 4-5 hours. Websurfing with 10 plus tabs, watching videos on vlc, office.

    Its not the best but im pleased with it. oh and i have the 13.
  9. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    I find running a vm (using parallels) of windows 7 has little effect on battery life over just running OS X. I think that's because windows isn't having to deal with the hardware.

    I wouldn't use Bootcamp, these days, on a Mac unless I was gaming when you really need to take advantage of CPU and RAM

    Windows XP loads in about 8 seconds on a 5400rpm MBP 15" so imagine how quick on a 2011 MBA!

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