How good is the MBA Battery life?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Anderson3133, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. Anderson3133 macrumors regular

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    Let me know please. I really want / need one for taking notes in class and would like to know how long of battery life you guys get out of a full charge. Also, if possible, let me know which MBA you have (eg. 1.8/SSD etc.)
    Thanks!
     
  2. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    1.6 / 80. 3hr 45min to 4hr 30min. Airport, office, mail & display at 1/2 brightness. No complaints whatsoever.
     
  3. AstroHouse macrumors member

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    I am getting the same performance, too.
     
  4. hotdamn macrumors 6502

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    yup, couldn't agree more.
    charging takes the same time, approximately.

    if you are not using your wireless, add 1.5 hours.
     
  5. Anderson3133 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks all of you for answering so quickly! I do not have wireless at my school (High School) so I'm definately going to pick one of these up sometime this month. Thanks!
     
  6. fredrickyoon macrumors regular

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    With internet use, wifi, MS Word, MS Excel, just the light basic stuff, I get between 4.5 to 5.0 hours per battery.
     
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I guess there in lies one difference between my HDD and your SSD.

    Still will wait for price to drop on those suckers before I'll pull the trigger.:rolleyes:
     
  8. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I presume that's contiguous use, and even then I cast doubt on those figures. I get ~3.5 hours with wireless on, display two notches from minimum, officey stuff.

    Unlike Vista, I can't choose between hibernate or sleep so for a quick startup time it's slept during the day. During the course of the average 8-hour working day, the instances of sleep during that time takes around 10% out of the charge - so you can extrapolate that even counting that, it doesn't actually go over 4 hours.
     

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