How to achieve optimum battery life

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by akp123, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. akp123 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2008
    I just received my first macbook. It is my personal computer and I only use it in the evening as I am at work all day. My question is how can I achieve optimum battery life? Should I always use it attached to the charger (if possible)? Can I leave it attached to the charger after it is fully charged (like while I am at work). Should I turn off the computer during the day or just simply use the sleep mode? If I do use it off the charger should I let the battery run down or charge it even if it is at 75%.

  2. jnguyen4 macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2006
    well i read threads on here.. they told me its ok to charge it all the time.. but just calibrate it once a month... but like my battery health still went down.. but like my friend.. that is pretty cautious.. always makes it fully charge then drains it and its been almost a year and his health is still a hundred percent.
  3. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Most of us leave our Apple on until a system update requires a shutdown.
    A monthly calibration will be beneficial.
  4. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    Calibrate it...

    Set the power settings to best battery life...

    Or, just leave it off/in sleep mode 100% of the time.

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