Help prolonging battery life

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by christarp, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. christarp macrumors 6502

    christarp

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    So I just got a 13" rMBP, and I love it! Works great, however it sits on my desk a good amount of the time and I use it quite a bit. As such I can go a few ways, leaving it plugged in, or cycling the battery each day.

    I was just wondering what would be better to do? My experience with other electronics is not cycling the battery every now and again just kills battery life, but I also don't want to put on unnecessary battery cycles if I don't need to. Anyone know what the best way to manage this is? Being used as a desktop replacement is what I've been doing but I also still would love to keep the battery in tip top shape when I bring it anywhere.

    I've owned it for about 10 days and I've put on 13 cycles already from 100% -> ~10%, should I keep doing it this way? Or should I just leave it plugged in and cycle it maybe twice a week?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    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 INFORMATION
    • BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE
    • AC POWER
    • CALIBRATION
    • BATTERY LIFESPAN
    • CHECKING STATUS AND HEALTH
    • CHARGING
    • WHAT IS A CYCLE?
    • BATTERIES ARE NOT COVERED
    • BULGING OR SWELLING BATTERY


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  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I would use it as you need too, and not worry about the battery, when the time comes to replace the battery in a few years do so. I think if you exercise common sense, it will last a long time.
     
  4. christarp thread starter macrumors 6502

    christarp

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    Why thank you!

    also a reasonable idea
     
  5. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

    brdeveloper

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    Don't worry, be happy :p

    I'm always recycling the battery from my late-2009 white since early-2010 and it's at about 360 cycles. After Mavericks, I'd say it lasts about 5 hours under wifi and dimmed brightness and even more with wifi turned off. Pretty good for a Core 2 Duo.
     

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