How Important is it to "Prime" the Battery?

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  1. IndigoSensor macrumors newbie

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    So my mac JUST came in the mail, and I am REALLY excited.

    I have it plugged in and charging. but I really just want to turn it on!!!

    Will it be terrible if I just turn it on now and not wait for it to fully charge, cause I have read that you are supposed to prime the battery this way, but nothing in the manual says anything about it.

    So, can I just turn it on, or is that bad?
     
  2. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    Why not let it charge and read the manuals and find out stuff about osx
     
  3. celticpride678

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    It is perfectly fine if you turn the computer on while it is charging. Enjoy it and then et it finish charging.
     
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  5. IndigoSensor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did, haha

    OK!!!
     
  6. ayeying macrumors 601

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    There's nothing wrong with just using it. I just turn it on and use it, never had any problems with any of my macs.
     
  7. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    It's fine, go ahead, turn it on and play with it! I'd let it fully charge before you unplug it, though.
     
  8. macjram macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    Keep it plugged in for 2 hours after complete charge, then use it till the battery drains. When it drains leave it off for 4 hours. (do this when you have time, preferably before you sleep so when you wake up it's ready to go).

    This is called conditioning/calibrating? the battery. Do this maybe every one to two months?

    Then plug it in and you can use it however you please.

    I think this is correct =].
     
  9. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, that's right! If you do that fairly often (as macjram said, once a month), it'll help the battery life as well as the overall battery health.
     
  10. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I never do it and my batteries are always in good health unless its defective to begin with
     
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    You don't have to do it, but if you want to get the most from your battery, I'd recommend it!
     
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  14. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't "prime" or calibrate the batter until I need to and even then only when its absolutely needed. calibration does not give you any more battery life but rather resets the computers reporting of how much juice is left in the battery.

    deep draining has more affects on the overall battery longevity so I avoid doing this and infact I only did this once since getting my 08 unibody MBP.
     
  15. Maxpilot macrumors member

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    Absolutely correct. Avoid deep draining the battery. Calibrate only when needed and never more than once a month.
     

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