Battery problem?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LucasG, May 24, 2016.

  1. LucasG macrumors regular

    LucasG

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    I bought me a few weeks ago a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) through eBay brand new (probably refurbished) but at a great price with only 1 battery charge. I did notice a small dent but for a $2700 computer I'm fine with the price I paid. Just recently I have started noticing that the battery capacity is varying a bit and I feel like it is not lasting as much as it should. I do have the AppleCare warranty also until 2018. Is it normal for the capacity to vary in just 42 charge cycles? Has anyone experienced this problem before?

    Thanks!
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    What do you mean by vary? 7 hours of use one day, 8 the next?

    Battery life is influenced by a multitude of factors. It's quite hard to ensure you're actually measuring the same thing if you're just looking at the amount of time it lasts on a charge.
    A charge is a certain amount of mAh, and how long it takes to use that up will vary based on use - and is not always completely within your control.

    Unless you're seeing abnormal health on the battery, everything is most likely fine.
     
  3. Schranke macrumors 6502

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    Get a program such as coconutbattery to keep track of your battery.
    You should look at mAh and not the time you get/might get out of the battery.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Don't get a battery app it'll just make you more paranoid.

    Your Mac has an activity monitor that will show you what processes are using battery.

    You have given us literally no information to assess wether your battery life is right, what apps are you using and at what you are doing with them, what brightness your screen is kept at, not even what battery life you are actually getting.

    As others have said what you use your computer for can drastically change the battery life, a light user browsing simple web pages might get 9-10 hours , a heavy user gaming and editing 4K video might get 2-3 hours.
     
  5. LucasG thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Just out of curiosity, how much did you paid for the rMBP?
     
  7. Schranke macrumors 6502

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    After seeing your data I would just relax, the battery are doing fine.
    And as you can see there is a little measuring instability.
    Nothing to worry about.

    When I had my old rMBP 15" 2012 I were even further below average.
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Sounds all good to me you are just using it intensively enough to only get 7 hours if you want better battery drop the screen brightness that's one of the biggest battery draws.
     
  9. LucasG thread starter macrumors regular

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    I paid $2089 with AppleCare. To be honest I feel like it was an amazing deal.
     
  10. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    This is in USD?
     
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  12. gngan macrumors 68000

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    Not sure which spec your MBP is but a 2016 15'' entry level cost USD 2348 with AppleCare (2.2GHz Processor, 256 GB Storage). A refurbished mid-2015 (16GB ram, 256GB SSD) is only USD 1699.
     
  13. LucasG thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got the 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, 512GB SSD with AppleCare.
     
  14. gngan macrumors 68000

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    Apple refurbish is currently selling the exact same spec for $2,119.00 (1 year warranty) and if you were to add applecare (another $349) then it's $2468. Your applecare would expire on 2019 rather than 2018. So it's not a good deal plus you should not get a dent on the refurbish from Apple.
     
  15. LucasG thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your input! Still a good deal for me.
     

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