Do I take off the charger while gaming or not?

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  1. Castdeath97 macrumors newbie

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    So, while gaming I have two options:

    1) Go on battery and charge it every time once it reaches 25% (would it waste charging cycles?)

    2) keep it on charge until done playing (would it cause overheating?)


    What option should I follow? 1 or 2?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Why are you even worrying about this?

    Plug it in when you need to, put it on battery when you want to.

    1. Would put completely unnecessary cycles on your battery.
    2. Your choice, but it definitely won't cause overheating. Unless your computer shuts down in your face while gaming, it hasn't overheated. Overheat is a word that gets flung around a bit too easily around here.
     
  4. Castdeath97 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, I have been reading so much crap from so-so websites :D.
    I'll just stick with 2 then.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Read the FAQs I linked to, they have been properly researched and they link to official Apple and Intel support material. If in doubt, go to the manufacturer and don't believe everything you see.
     
  6. Jeff Flowerday macrumors regular

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    Call me crazy but I'd plug it in while game for maximum performance.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://www.apple.com/batteries/

    Apple recently updated their battery info and it broke some of the links in the FAQ.

    Interestingly, Apple no longer has the recommendation to run on battery power occasionally to "exercise" the battery.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    Thanks. I tell that Mister GGJstudios of that hiccup, he does need some exercise anyway.
     
  9. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    That is interesting (having personally just gone through a whole battery episode).

    I wonder if that was removed because they determined it didn't make enough of a difference in maintaining battery health to mention it, or they're just doing they're typical "dumbing down" of support articles. Some of the information is more helpful (e.g. charging cycles), but I find the marketing b.s. unhelpful and the general layout more confusing than the old one.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That is my guess. The previous info was confusing as all get out for new users and I suspect Apple figured out this whole "exercise the battery" thing was just causing unnecessary battery cycles anyway.

    I agree with you the new layout is horrid. They sure make you click all around there and work for the information. :)
     

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