Battery use in MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xfusejc, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. xfusejc macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting a MacBook tomorrow afternoon and I've been reading through some of the threads where people say that you need to drain the battery and then start it up again and do this every two months or so. It's my first time with a laptop, so I'm not entirely aware of what I'm supposed to be doing in terms of this.

    Do I leave it on after I first buy it and let it drain itself, then charge it or how exactly should I do it?

    Also, are there any other things that are necessary (or good towards running the computer) that I should do once I get it?
     
  2. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    ^^ i think you said is good practice with the battery. follow the quick-steps directions, and periodically drain it down. also do a software update asap.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Its called calibrating your battery. What calibration does is simply let the charging circuits know exactly how much capacity is left in the battery. If you read up here, you will see that calibration shoud be done every 30 charge cycles (therefore every month or two, assuming you discharge completely every day or 2). Note that deep discharging like this (going to 0 charge and back again) isn't really too good for Lithium Ion batteries.

    Apples support website has a page on MacBook battery calibration.
     
  4. heySparky macrumors regular

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    Here is a link to the Apple battery calibration page.
     

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