Do you keep the charger plugged in all the time?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by X5-599, Nov 13, 2012.

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Do you keep the charger plugged in?

Poll closed Nov 20, 2012.
  1. Yes. (I want the constant power supply.)

    65 vote(s)
    69.9%
  2. No. (Fully charged? Let the countdown begin.)

    17 vote(s)
    18.3%
  3. No preference, really.

    11 vote(s)
    11.8%
  1. X5-599 macrumors regular

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    #1
    Do you prefer to charge your Macbook and then use its battery or do you keep the charger plugged in?
     
  2. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

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    Whenever I'm home, it's almost always plugged in.
     
  3. X5-599 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Since my MacBook is brand new I was wondering how you guys handle this issue.
     
  4. colshine, Nov 13, 2012
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    colshine macrumors regular

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    If I'm at my desk it is plugged in. If I'm on the move it'll be on battery.
     
  5. WarrenFields Guest

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    I have mine plugged in whenever it's possible to do so. So yeah, almost all of the time.
     
  6. bRADYPUS macrumors member

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    I nvr move my rmbp, so yes!
    I remember we are suppose to run a cycle once a month right?
     
  7. X5-599 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It would make sense to run a cycle at least once in a while, wouldn't it? I haven't come across any official recommendation yet, though.
    I recently ran one just to see if I could get the percentage to say 100% again. Every day it would "lose" a percent whilst being plugged in. At 96% I just thought: "Eh, I'll give it a go. Can't hurt."
     
  8. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    Some good advice here: http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html particularly:

     
  9. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    I keep mine plugged in almost all the time but once or twice a week I do intentionally run the battery down
     
  10. Neodym macrumors 65816

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    Mmmh - i'm not close to my Macbook right now, but i seem to remember that the battery tooltip would change to something like "Battery fully loaded, working directly on power supply" once it's fully loaded.

    My understanding is that the charging electronic Apple puts into their 'books recognizes a full battery, stops charging autonomously (unlike cheap PC notebooks, where your battery is pretty much done after a relatively short time working "plugged in") and switches to bypassing the battery to power the notebook directly from the charger.
     
  11. trlyka macrumors 6502a

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    I don't move my laptop so it is always plugged in. Unless it accidentally gets disconnected when the dog runs to the sliding glass door to bark at something.
     
  12. WarrenFields Guest

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    I think it's just important to let the computer be powered off of its battery every once in a while. For example, I only really run the computer off battery when I take it to class to where the battery only depletes about 5-10%. So my Macbook Pro's battery goes through a full cycle in about a month, but usually a little more than a month I'd say 6 weeks. I want my cycle count low :cool:
     
  13. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    I leave my MBA 2011 11" plug in all the time I don't really use it as a portable much I usually leave it in my room in one spot.
     
  14. AirThis macrumors 6502a

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    Mine basically gets moved between 3 locations. Most often I'll be running on the mains. I don't consider my macbook pro to be a portable computer, but rather a transportable workstation. Still use the battery occasionally though.
     
  15. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    No need to solicit personal opinions.

    Apple has a complete write-up on best practices for your notebook.
     
  16. anvikapur macrumors member

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    i keep it plugged in
     
  17. ekovalsky macrumors newbie

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    Every laptop I've had that wound up with a dud battery was left plugged in almost all the time. After long periods I'd try to run them off battery and they would run out of juice almost immediately. This happened to a few HPs and a Sager.

    The last two - my current 15 rMBP and former Dell XPS Studio 16 - I used much more off battery, figuring they wouldn't fare any worse. Well even after three years the Dell still holds basically a full charge. The rMBP is only five months old but battery run 9-10 hours if I turn the brightness down and backlighting off under light use, i.e. web surfing, so it is still full capacity too. At work I leave it plugged in, at home I use it on battery until it falls to at least 50%.

    So I would recommend not keeping it plugged in all the time and not to worry about too many recharging cycles, these modern batteries seem to hold up very well to use. If you keep you notebook at a desk where there is always Ac power, I would run down the battery once a week - just unplug the Magsafe and plug it back in when you get a lower battery warning.
     
  18. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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  19. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

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    fully charged, let it run down once a month to keep the battery working itself.

    I'm not on the go very often.
     
  20. EatMyApple macrumors 6502

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  21. adam044 macrumors 65816

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    Apple states its not good to always have it plugged in
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Run on battery whenever you need to and plug it in whenever you can. You can plug or unplug any time you need to, regardless of the charged percentage, and you never need to completely drain your battery. Just make sure you don't run on AC power exclusively, as your battery needs to be used regularly to stay healthy. 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.
     
  23. X5-599 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I was just checking the official sources that were linked here. Gonna give that one a look, also.
     
  24. lexdiamonnyc macrumors member

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    I plug it in as needed.....so it's pretty much, unplugged all day...by the time I'm done it's usually under 10%......so, I plug it in over night and repeat......:cool:
     
  25. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    Now that you have read some of these replies, you probably know that your poll should also include something along the lines of a little of both--as per the excellent recommendation from GGJstudios. :)
     

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