How to maximise my MacBook battery

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by higuyhi, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. higuyhi macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    Just got my brand new MacBook Pro 13’.

    1) Before I start using it, how would be the best way to first fully charge it? First drain it to 0%?

    2) And in future- short periods of charging? Or draining and fully charging?

    3) Shut down VS Sleep

    Cheera
    Guy
     
  2. MrGunnyPT macrumors regular

    MrGunnyPT

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    Since it's lithium ion battery I always plug it when I can, I try to not let it go below 60% as much as I can.

    I only sleep it when I'm in the office for lunch break or if I'm going somewhere and will need to resume my work.
     
  3. higuyhi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tnx mate.

    Is it ok leave it charging after it’s reached 100%?

    So in that case you switch it off when you’re done for the day?

    Cheers
    Guy
     
  4. MrGunnyPT macrumors regular

    MrGunnyPT

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    Shouldn’t be an issue since all electronics these days have a energy controller.

    Yep I turn it off if I won’t use it for the rest of day or week
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Nothing you can do will make that much difference apart from avoiding a complete discharge. The battery will last 4-6 years and then need changing taking lots of special measures will not change that. Avoid letting it go below 5% if you can and start recharging at 20% if you can and it should last a good 5 years with 80% of capacity still left.

    You may get a month or two extra here or there from excessive care but that's not worth not using it as a portable as you need and its designed to do, batteries are consumables accept it and use it how you need to.
     
  6. Painter2002 macrumors 6502a

    Painter2002

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    Thanks for sharing this! Looks like I will be doing some reading!
    --- Post Merged, Jun 21, 2018 ---
    OP, my biggest suggestions on maintaining the battery life of your MacBook is make sure you don’t leave it always plugged in (unplug it once you know it’s hit 100% charge, unless you’re doing CPU intensive tasks), and don’t worry too much about it. In the end the battery should last you pretty good for at least 4-5 years. So long as it’s not always plugged in, and you keep the computer fairly cool, the battery will be fine.
     

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