Cycle Count

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  1. JediZenMaster macrumors 68000

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    I noticed that the MacBook out the box had 4 cycles used already. This also happened on the rMBP I had for a few days and exchanged for this.

    Is this a normal thing? I never had a non open box Mac before and wasn't sure.
     
  2. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

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    Normal. Probably for testing. I also got mine with 4. My rMBP back in 2012 was also at 4.
     
  3. epirali macrumors member

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    5 here, so no worries, they are all the same...slightly pre-used! :D
     
  4. Ozy macrumors regular

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    Mine was 6. I want 6/1000's of a refund on a new battery! :)
     
  5. burgman macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, mine too, thanks for ruining the experience OP!:)
     
  6. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    Is more better or worse. Why 6 cycles when other needed only 4.
     
  7. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    Mine had 4 cycles but 99% battery health. Should it not be 100%?
     
  8. newellj macrumors 601

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    It's an approximation...and I don't think I've ever seen 100%. It's great - no worries. ;)
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's perfectly normal for a new Mac to have a few cycles on the battery. Your battery is fine. It is also perfectly normal if your battery health (maximum capacity) is more or less than 100%, even when brand new, or if it fluctuates up or down over time. The gradual decline is not in a straight line downward, and it may decline more rapidly at some times and slower at others. For further details, read the CHECKING STATUS AND HEALTH section of the following link.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
     
  10. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    Thank you!
     
  11. brand macrumors 601

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    I know you are kidding but the sad thing is after reading many of the threads that get created here on MacRumors we can be almost certainly be guaranteed that someone will insist on that refund. Probably the same people that go through 8 exchanges and still don't have "the" perfect computer.
     
  12. MUBiomed macrumors 6502

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    Mine had 21 cycles out of the box brand new from the Apple Store.
     
  13. brand macrumors 601

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    A couple few is no big deal but 21 almost seems a bit excessive, even when 1000 cycles are guaranteed.
     
  14. MUBiomed macrumors 6502

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    Cycle Count


    I did think about returning it but the wait is so long now and in the grand scheme of things it probably won't make any difference to me or the battery life of the laptop.

    Some googling shows that 20+ cycles new out of the box is more common than I thought.
     
  15. BriOS2 macrumors newbie

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    This is probably from the burn in process that most electronics manufacturers do to be compliant. Like ISO compliance and whatnot. Its fine.
     
  16. newellj macrumors 601

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    Very unusual. I wonder if Apple pulls random production units off the line for deeper QA testing?
     

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