How Long Does Your Battery Last?

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  1. WHM macrumors regular

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    I have the newest MacBook Pro released a few weeks ago, 2.6 GHZ 7200 RPM HD. After charging it shows 5 hours charge but getting maybe 2 1/2- 3 hours tops. What do you get with yours? :mad:
     
  2. DocSmitty macrumors regular

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    Totally varies based on use. Just taking notes in class, I probably get 4-5 hours. That's wifi on, brightness medium-high. If I'm surfing the web, using iChat and iTunes, it's more like 3-3.5 hours. Anything more strenuous than that and yes, it's going to be under 3 hours. Oh.. I have the 2.5/5400.
     
  3. PDE macrumors 68020

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    It really does vary with usage, but with wifi on, bluetooth off, full brightness and just surfing/word processing/email I get between 4 and 4 1/2hours. As soon as I do anything more intensive it drops to around 3-3 1/2 hours, which I think is really good given the power of the machine and the incredibly bright display. I keep my display bright, but I'm sure that dimming it half-way would greatly increase battery life.

    So, something like this:

    Light work and battery saving measures: between 4-5 hours
    medium load: 3.5-4 hours
    intensive: 2.5-3 hours
     
  4. Joko macrumors 6502

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    I get between 1.5 hours and 5 hours.

    Intense work with all ports active, powering external duet card & HD, 7200rpm, hi res, external dispay about 1.5hrs.

    Doing hardly anything, about 5 hrs.

    Although I keep mine plugged in 99% of the time, thanks god.
     
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I don't have the latest Penryn MBP (heck, mine predates the Santa Rosa release as well), but I still get a good 3 hours of productivity out of my battery, the few times I use it on battery power. This is with Wi-Fi on, brightness at minimum, and energy saver set to maximize battery life.
     
  6. TRMN8R macrumors newbie

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    I turned everything on full and was using FCP to test out my Penryn 2.6/7200 battery and got just under 4 hours...
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    MBP core duo, third battery, 8 cycles, 98% health, bluetooth off, screen brightness 1-3 bars... just over 3 hrs.
     
  8. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I get 2:05 mins with LittleBig Drive mounted, ExpressCard inserted and Illustrator running but it's ok.. seems normal. 3:00 to 3:30 when it's running nothing but FireFox - I don't use WIFI.
     
  9. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    I get about 3.5 hours on a previous model MBP for web surfing and text editing, screen brightness all the down.

    I get about 3 hours playing DVDs.

    I get an hour or less if I'm using MPEG StreamClip to encode video.
     
  10. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    how technology changes... I can't believe MBPs get 5 hours on the same battery that I get 3 hours with my core duo

    8 cycles, 98% health, just over 3 hours with wifi on, bluetooth off, screen brightness at 75%, with web browsing and word processing...
     
  11. anothermacaddic macrumors member

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    online surfing 4:30 ~ 5

    anything else (gaming, movies, heavy downloading) 3:30

    new battery macbook 2.0 c2d

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    2 ~ 2:30 doing anything processor intensive

    3:30 surfing only

    MBA 1.6
     
  12. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    As someone else mentioned, it depends on what you're doing with it. Just basic surfing, probably 3.5 hours. Bu with iTunes/DVD player/etc., definitely less.
     
  13. PDE macrumors 68020

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    And it will also depend on whether you are on the latest penryn machines, which seem to have noticeably better battery life, or the previous versions of MBPs.
     

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