How good is ur battery life?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whitneyhu, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. whitneyhu macrumors newbie

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    I own a 15' rMBP mid 2012 since summer 2012, now it lasts around 4hrs on full charge, is that normal? How about you guys?
     
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  3. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    Battery life is dependent upon what you're doing and what you have turned on/off. i.e. if you're watching lots of stuff that uses Flash Player, that'll suck the battery dry really fast more than anything else.

    I'm averaging 6-7 hours with an external drive connected while editing in Lr/PS CC with full screen brightness.

    It does seem that Mavericks uses more battery power on older MBP's (my 2010 MBP battery life dropped about 45 minutes after upgrading to Mavericks)
     
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  5. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I get 6-8 hours depending on usage (usual web browsing stuff). I noticed a vast improvement when switching over to Safari for web browsing while on battery over Chrome. With Chrome I would get like 4-5 hours. Any more intense tasks and I leave that sucker plugged in. No use burning myself rather than burning a desk :p
     
  6. alanferned macrumors newbie

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    Im using a 13 inch macbook pro that i purchased around this time in 2013, i get 6 hours while just screwing around web browsing. I upgraded the RAM and replaced the hard drive with an SSD and i removed the optical drive and put the hard drive there. 6 hours is pretty good.
     
  7. whitneyhu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am only doing web browing on Chrome, average around 4-5 hrs....
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    There's your answer.

    Chrome is the worst browser available on OS X, it's a massive resource hog and power drain.
     
  9. whitneyhu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    true, but I found its folder & tag functions quite useful and can't really surf without it....
    where as safari only has bookmark etc.
     
  10. lokster macrumors 6502

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    at 50% capacity I'm doing 2 hours on web browsing, listening to music and typing stuff. For photoshop though i can get 1.5 hours.
     
  11. simonsi macrumors 601

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    ...and Reading List plus many add-ons to manage browsing, maybe worth another look, even if only for when you need max battery life.
     
  12. Mr. Amiga500 macrumors regular

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    I'm getting an average of 3.5 to 4.5 hours on my Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro - using just Safari and enabling power saving graphics switching. I didn't expect Apple to be accurate about the 9 hours, but less than half of that is pathetic.

    Edit: how ironic... my Mac just popped up a Low Battery notice while I was typing this.
     
  13. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Have you checked Energy Usage in the Activity Monitor to see what is using most other than Safari?
     
  14. iBook_Clamshell macrumors member

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    Having the airport card on takes away from battery life. Also, the more CPU in use, the more power it uses. Using a word-processing program won't use as much battery life as going on the internet or watching a movie.
     
  15. Mr. Amiga500 macrumors regular

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    Of course. Only Safari was listed. It's not like I was rendering 3D animations or editing multiple 4K movies in the background. I get this pathetic 4 hour battery life just with basic browsing.
     
  16. Hieveryone macrumors 68030

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    Seems a little low I have the 2014 2.6/8/256 13" model and my battery life is like 8 hours.
     
  17. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Cool. Just sound off then but if you don't want any other guidance and you are sure nothing elks is running then take the issue up with Apple, no-one here can help any further....Its a bit like manufacturer gas mileage, they use controlled conditions in order to let consumers compare mode-to-model, they are necessarily anything like real-world driving experience....
     
  18. whitneyhu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's very true
     

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