battery question

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  1. livingsimply macrumors newbie

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    a couple of "senior newbie" questions. I just bought an 11" Macbook Air. I saw an ad in MacLife magazine advertising what I'm assuming is an additional external battery called Hyperjuice. Am I correct that the purpose of this unit is to extend the battery life of the computer? They have 60Wh-222Wh modules advertised and I'm not sure which is the one to choose. Can someone explain this to me. Also the staff person at the store told me that I shouldn't recharge my computer until the battery was down to 10% or I should drain it completely before I plug it in to recharge it otherwise I could damage the battery. Is that correct?
    Thanks for your help as I'm just getting started as a Mac user
     
  2. Nishi100 macrumors 6502a

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    Hyperjuice is a external battery that will supply "battery juice" for when your MacBook has depleted it's battery; for example, if your Macbook has 7 hours of battery in it, after 7 hours, when the battery has depleted, the external battery will kick in and give it an extra ** hours.

    To an extent, your second statement is correct. The Macbook's battery has a certain amount of recharges that it can do, until it dies. If you recharge it every time it's at 80%, then it could affect the longevity of the battery. However, I wouldn't worry about this: if you know you're going to be going on a long train trip tomorrow and your battery is at 80%, charge it to 100%; if, however, you know that tomorrow, you won't use your Macbook as much, then leave it at 80% and charge it the day after. Basically: don't worry, use it and it'll live forever (metaphorically speaking).
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, it is not correct at all. You can recharge your battery anytime you want to. You don't need to drain it to a certain level first. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
    This is not true. Read the link above for facts. Pay special attention to the section WHAT IS A CYCLE?
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    +1 to what GGJstudios wrote. This info is all over this site and of course at Apple. The store employee is confused with batteries from years ago, since he seems to be worried about the battery memory, which isn't an issue with these batteries. The second poster doesn't understand battery cycles.
     
  5. livingsimply thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you

    thanks for your advice on this everyone. much appreciated
     

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