Do you keep the charger plugged in all the time?

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


Do you keep the charger plugged in?

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

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

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

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

    Oct 28, 2012
    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

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Zug, Switzerland
    Whenever I'm home, it's almost always plugged in.
  3. X5-599 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    Since my MacBook is brand new I was wondering how you guys handle this issue.
  4. colshine, Nov 13, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012

    colshine macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2011
    If I'm at my desk it is plugged in. If I'm on the move it'll be on battery.
  5. WarrenFields Guest

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


    Oct 29, 2011
    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

    Oct 28, 2012
    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


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    Some good advice here: particularly:

  9. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    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 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    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


    Dec 26, 2011
    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

    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


    Nov 9, 2009
    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

    Mar 6, 2012
    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

    Aug 27, 2012
    No need to solicit personal opinions.

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

    Nov 11, 2012

    i keep it plugged in
  17. ekovalsky macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2012
    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

    Feb 9, 2011
  19. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    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

    Dec 2, 2008
  21. adam044 macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    Apple states its not good to always have it plugged in
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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

    Oct 28, 2012
    Thanks. I was just checking the official sources that were linked here. Gonna give that one a look, also.
  24. lexdiamonnyc macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2012
    I plug it in as it's pretty much, unplugged all the time I'm done it's usually under, I plug it in over night and repeat......:cool:
  25. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    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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