Do you guys keep your MacBook plugged in all the time when you're at home?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pyali, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Pyali macrumors member

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    Not sure what the best course of action is to preserve my battery life when I'm just using my laptop at home.
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Don't over think it. Plug it in when your home and if you take it out then use the battery.

    The only time you shouldn't leave it on charge is when your away for extended periods.
     
  3. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. Just use the darn thing. You'll probably get 4-6 years out of the system before you have to replace the battery.
     
  4. Pyali thread starter macrumors member

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  5. Balaamsdonkey macrumors 6502

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    If one is concerned i think the idea is to charge it to 60% or so and turn it off if you're going to be away from it for long periods.
     
  6. CrownVic macrumors regular

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    Heres what I do....

    I have school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I charge to 100% the night before (Monday and Wednesday night). After school I usually have 50-70% if I don't have an opportunity to plug in at school. The rest of the week when I'm not at to school (Friday-Monday) I keep it unplugged at my desk. If i use it for homework or just using it in general, I plug it in while in use, then just unplug when Im done.
     
  7. arbitrage macrumors 6502a

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    I've kept mine plugged in for 4.5 years. I travel with it maybe 6-7 times a year but otherwise it is plugged in. My battery health says 84% after those 4.5 years.
     
  8. CrownVic macrumors regular

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    May I ask how you check the health of your battery? My rMBP is only a few months old but it'll be good to check in the future :)
     
  9. ajcgn macrumors regular

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    My 2011 MBP is plugged in nearly 100% of the time. I think the longest it's been on battery was the two times it was in for repairs.
     
  10. bcave098 macrumors 6502

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    I use CoconutBattery, personally.
     
  11. hellopupy macrumors regular

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    I keep it plugged in almost all day unless I'm using it in bed and my battery health is still amazing after 3 years.
     
  12. cmaier macrumors G3

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    I've always done so. Batteries have always aged fine.
     
  13. arbitrage macrumors 6502a

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    I have an app from the app store called Battery Health
     
  14. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

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    Plugged in all the time. Don't take it on the road either. Stay at home MBP.
     
  15. mac_in_tosh macrumors regular

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    I have iStat Pro on my MB Pro and it shows the battery health.
     

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