brand new MacBook - battery only at 99%!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stvfisher, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. stvfisher macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    So I got a MacBook on Tuesday and am already noticing something screwy with my battery. On Tuesday I replaced the RAM and HD before even plugging the MAcBook in. I then hooked up the AC adapter and reloaded Leopard. Once Leopard was loaded (hour or so later) I noticed my battery was just sitting at 99%. Finally about 30-45 minutes later it git 100%, so I was happy and brushed it off as an initial charge.

    So last night when I plugged the MacBook in to use it I was back at 99%! I used the laptop for about 2 hours and never went back to 100% on the battery.

    So what gives? Did I do something wrong with the initial use/charge? Should I try draining my battery and recharging it?
  2. Mydel macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2006
    Sometimes here mostly there
  3. stvfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    So is this normal? I guess i'm confused, I would expect it to be att 100%

    Also, what exactly classifies as a 'cycle'. I noticed I was on my 2nd cycle, yet I have yet to use the battery by itself (I've always been connected to the AC Adapter)
  4. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    I've seen this happen before where the meter only shows 99%, I wouldn't be overly concerned about it in my opinion. has some good information on discharge cycles and how to get the most out of your notebook battery.
  5. Domofloge macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2008
    New Jersey
    Yeah, I had the same prob. with my MB. But, honestly it is pretty much meaningless if the battery meter reads 99% instead of 100%.
  6. stvfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    OK, I admit to not following this:

    "Be sure to fully charge your portable when you plug it in for the first time, and then run Software Update to ensure you have the latest software. Apple periodically releases updates that may improve battery performance."

    I pulled down the updates prior to my battery ever reaching '100%'. Though I honestly doubt it matters....

    So what exactly constitutes as a 'cycle' for the battery? I am concerned I'm at 2 cycles, yet I've never ran of strictly battery.
  7. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    I'm pretty sure it won't hold the battery at 100% when plugged into AC to avoid risk of the battery leaking or catching fire. There was a lot of information that came out around the release of the MacBook about how the system purposely lets the battery drain a bit. I've seen mine go down to as low as 95%. Apple released an update back in the summer of '06 that reduced how much the battery drains, and I haven't seen mine go down below 99% since then.
  8. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Honestly, I think you're freaking out about nothing. Just use the computer and get on with life. My machine says I'm at 95% battery after 60-some charge cycles. Big deal, I still get about the same battery life as before. They wear down, that's their nature.

    You're at 1% or less difference than what they battery thinks it can hold. I don't see any reason to be concerned (check apple's documentation if you don't agree). Unless you have a magical 20% swing or something, I'd find other things to worry about!

    Just my two cents. I wasn't trying to be snarky, either. Just trying to help.
  9. skyrider007 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
  10. stvfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008

    You have no idea..... :D

    I guess I won't worry about it. I'll switch the battery to show time remaining, not pecentage : )

    I don't think anyone answered this .... what exactly is a charge cycle? I've heard that after 300 or so your battery tends to degrade, so I'd like to use as few 'charge cycles' as possible, but I'm not exactly sure what a charge cycle is!
  11. Fezzasus macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    I've seen my charge vary between 97 - 100% depending on the charge cycle. It's not a problem
  12. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    If you take it off the AC power and run the battery down from 99% - 97% remaining - it will not charge itself back up to 100%. Remove the power and run it down for a while and then charge her back up - it will then charge itself back to a full 100%.
  13. stvfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    I will certainly try that tonight!
  14. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Only 99%? My current laptop holds a maxiumum of 53% and I think even that number seems inflated a bit. :p

    I'm just messing with you, I feel your pain.
  15. eyemac74119 macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2007
    a charge cycle is running on batteries all the way down. to a dead 0% then charging back up thats one cycle.. and about the 300 cycles.... it they are lithium ions about 270 charges before they start to show signs of dgrading now if they are lithium polymer's about 700 charges before they start to degrade just my $0.02C
  16. stvfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Thanks for answering that!

    These forums are always so helpful
  17. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    I also noticed that some of my first charges were topping at 98 or 99%....I don't think this is anything to be worried about. Right now mine has been 100% for a few days....What matters is how much time you can get out of it not that percentage number when it's plugged in.
  18. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    The health is calculated in some obscure way and fluctuates from day to day. Mine said 90% yesterday but says 92% today. Don't worry if it says 99. If it said 90% on day 1, then I would worry.
  19. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Seriously, stop paying close attention to those numbers, you'll drive yourself insane. There's nothing wrong.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    My MBP is 4 weeks old and the battery hangs out at about 98% of charge.

    This is normal.

    Get Apple's Doc on calibrating the battery: it may or may not go back to 100% but this is common, normal and makes very little difference in actual use.

    We have two other older MBP and they range from 94% to 97%.
  21. Martin C macrumors 6502a

    Martin C

    Nov 5, 2006
    New York City
    99% is nothing to to worry about. Let's say you have 4 hours of battery life. Losing one percent of it is only going to set you back around 2.4 minutes. I don't know if I calculated any of that correctly though...
  22. vedavyasa macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Macbook pro shows 99% ? solution is here

    If it shows charged but still at 99% then here is what you do.

    1. Shut down the Macbook pro
    2. Switch off power.
    3. Switch on power. The power indicator should glow orange now
    4. Wait till it turns green to show that it is fully charged
    5. switch on your macbook
    6. Now it should be at 100%
  23. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    Don't bother with this.

    That's a normal thing - remember, it's just an indicator, and is not perfectly accurate.
    Keep using your computer normally, maybe unplug it once in a while for a few hours.
    Other then that, don't worry and don't do any of that crazy nonsense that I quoted.
  24. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Them people are never happy.... :)
  25. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    That won't happen. If you restart it, it will still say 99%. This is perfectly normal, and it is because the battery doesn't charge any after it hits 100% until it hits about 95 or 96. So even if it is plugged in, it will naturally lose a small amount of charge, as all lithium batteries do when not in use.

    So you have nothing to worry about. Even though you don't want to use a lot of charge cycles, don't leave it plugged in constantly, as this is actually worse for the battery. Use it on battery power to at least 50% every 2-3 days, and it will be fine. These batteries are designed to last 1000 cycles before really starting to go downhill, and with the large capacity, you will get plenty of use out of it.

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