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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Zakoth, Mar 9, 2012.
Also what tips can you give me to keep the battery life good?
This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
Apple Notebook Battery FAQ by GGJstudios
The F.A.Q. includes the following topics:
BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE
CHECKING STATUS AND HEALTH
WHAT IS A CYCLE?
BATTERIES ARE NOT COVERED
BULGING OR SWELLING BATTERY
No, but never using it on battery will shorten its lifespan. Read the Battery FAQ that simsaladimbamba posted. It's all you need to know.
So I will charge overnight and use the battery up, I can use it while charging and not damage it?
Correct. You can also use it while connected to the power adapter. Have you read the F.A.Q. yet?
To the OP: Yes
Using the battery will not exactly damage it, but it's a consumable. It is designed to maintain a decent charge for about 1000 charge cycles.
On the other hand, not using the battery is also bad, and can actually damage it (e.g. leaving it fully discharged for extended periods of time can kill it).
It's like with a car. If you use it, you have to replace a few parts (tires, oil) after certain thresholds. However, if you don't use it, some stuff might still break, e.g. the car battery.
The bottom line is that you should use the laptop the way it is most convenient for you, and not worry about the battery. Also, read the FAQ, but of course nobody ever does that, otherwise the forum would be pretty empty!