getting good battery life on a lightly used laptop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tim2short, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. tim2short macrumors newbie

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    I just bought the new iMac (love it!!!) but I still have a macbook. obviously, I rarely use the macbook anymore, except for occasional trips out of state, or just to a coffee shop- times where battery life is more important than anything else. (used for internet, e-mail, and microsoft word primarily).

    my question- how do I get the best battery life for that macbook? should i leave it plugged it... take the battery out...? or any other suggestions. thanks!!
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's not too complicated... run it on wall power whenever you can, except make sure you run it through a full charge cycle on the battery about once every month or so.

    When you're using it on battery, you can turn off Bluetooth if you're not using it, for a minor boost, lower the screen brightness, etc.
     
  3. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    I would leave it plugged into the wall. Just try to use your MacBook on battery at lest once a month, until the battery runs out (calibrating it), and this should help extend the longevity of your battery.
     
  4. powermac_daddy macrumors 6502

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    what about take the battery out of the machine and use the wall power only?
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Well, aside from the fact that you'll have a large chunk missing from the bottom of your notebook... it honestly won't do all that much good. The system is designed to not over charge the battery. Also, batteries have a natural life, meaning that if you leave them in the refrigerator for a few years, they'll still lose capacity. I wouldn't obsess that much over the battery.
     

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