How to charge macbook pro 13 inch battery

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tml.chelseafc, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. tml.chelseafc macrumors member

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    So I finally got my macbook pro a little while ago (a few days)

    I calibrated it for the first time and since the 2 days I have it, I have charged it 2 times and each time it lasted for about 5 hours. I was installing a LOT of stuff... Is this normal? and is there a limit to how many times I should be charging it per week?

    Also, at what percentage should I connect the power adapter?

    Thanks and sorry I know there are a of of battery questions but its free to post a thread and it costs hundreds if you are doing something wrong..

    Also I just installed cocunot battery, and it is giving me a health of 98% and 2 weeks old. I just bought it 2 days ago :confused:
     
  2. mrj412 macrumors regular

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  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    And if you constantly stare at any battery stat monitor you'll drive yourself nuts. 98% is not bad even after 2 days.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's probably not even 98%. Battery software always has some intrinsic error.
     
  5. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Just charge it. Playing the stupid games with plugging it in at certain points really is just a waste of time and effort. You have a high-capacity battery: take advantage of it and the fact that it won't degrade as quickly. Heck, I'm using a three year old battery with over 400 cycles and system profiler still reports 93% capacity.
     
  6. itzjohnny macrumors newbie

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    It says 2 weeks old even though you bought it 2 days ago because it was made 2 weeks ago.
     
  7. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    The battery works for you, not the opposite. Just plug it in when you need to and don't worry about it so much.
     
  8. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    Totally, mine jumps around from 100 to 98 back to 100 and I have 456 cycles already. It's usually at 100% though, that's what it currently is.
     

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  9. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    that is impressive; the fact that it hasn't degraded to ~80%. what machine do you have? how many charge cycles do you go through per day? do you ever calibrate your battery?
     
  10. MBP13Guy25 macrumors newbie

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    Macbook Pro 13" here too, question:

    hey fellas

    I just got a macbook pro 13" in too as well. I have the same question as the guy that posted this. How many times per day should I be charging my macbook pro 13" and how many times per week? I already did the calibration for my laptop on the first day.

    I've already have 3 count cycles for two days. Is that good?!

    What applications should I be downloading that is helpful for my macbook pro 13" and for school as well?

    Can I leave my charger in the the laptop for how many hours? :D Thanks guys.

    :apple:,
    Chris.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    As many times as you need to. Contrary to popular belief, you don't get a prize if your battery is still at > 80% capacity after 3 years or 1000 cycles.
     
  12. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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    Charge it when it needs to be charged. Use it when you need to use it. Isn't that the reason you bought the laptop?
     
  13. MBP13Guy25 macrumors newbie

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    Is there any applications that I need to download?



    Another thing? the backlit light, for the keyboard, should I manually turn it off or leave it on the way it was before?
     
  14. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    I manually turn it off when not needed
     
  15. MBP13Guy25 macrumors newbie

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    battery possible issue?

    Anyone experiencing battery charging issue? It may not even be an issue but I've fully charged my macbook pro 13" when I turned on the laptop it says 100% but quickly shows 99% even though I've charged it fully. Should I remove the a/c adapter? I've had total of 4 count cycle since June 9th of 2010 when I bought my macbook pro 13". Is that a bad sign? I hope someone gets back to me with answers cos I'm clueless of how to use the batteries. I don't want anything bad happening to a 1K+ device. Thanks fellas.
    :apple:, chris.
     
  16. doktordoris macrumors 6502a

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    When you are near a plug socket plug your MBP in.

    When you are away from a socket don't plug it in.

    That's it.

    Easy eh?

    And to be a little less flippant don't worry about coconut's reports. My MBP's batt stats went up to around 106% worth of power when it was new, then it went down to 98% and I freaked. But I was told on here that it was all normal, and sure enough they were right. My batt goes from 100% to 98% all the time. It is normal.

    Just forget all you heard in days of yore about how to care for a rechargeable battery, it's all irrelevant.

    As I said when at home plug it in, when not don't.

    doris
     
  17. MBP13Guy25 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Doris!

    I'm less worried now. I've been like watching my every move with my new 1K+ device lol. Thanks again! Also, what are the applications I should download for my macbook pro?
     
  18. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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    There are a couple posts on this topic. But I would download coconut battery, adium, transmission, vlc and perhaps dropbox.
     
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    BitTorrent client, found out via a search engine.

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  21. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    If you have more questions about your MBP, please read the MBP FAQ before starting a new thread.
     
  22. toffa813 macrumors regular

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    You're fine. I've had my new 15" i7 MBP (showing 100% atm though) as well as my old MB say 98/99% while plugged in. I don't exactly know the reason behind it, but I think its pretty normal.
     

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