How to run your air ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by LevMac, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. LevMac macrumors 6502

    LevMac

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    Hey guys, just a quick question in regards to how the majority of MBA users are using their machines, do you have it plugged into the Mag Safe power adapter all the time while using it ? Or do you use it on battery then charge it over night ?

    I have done the full calibration, and now im just using it off the mag safe power adapter...Will that cause any problems by doing this ?
     
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 16GB: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    I have it plugged in when it's on my desk but use it in battery elsewhere in the house. Don't think there is a problem leaving it plugged in most of the time though
     
  3. arcanic macrumors regular

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    I use my Air the same way....so far so good.

    Arc
     
  4. johnkountz Guest

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    I walk mine

    Old man here, try not to run when I can avoid it. I walk mine.

    When not walking it, I've been focusing on house training the battery. It's been a bit of a nasty process, waking up in the morning to find a mess - 8 hour charge time, has been a frustrating wake-up to my new pet Air. So I find myself continually conditioning, full charge, full drain, rest, repeat.

    Hopeful I can train this one, the last one had to be returned to Apple. Hate to see a Mac euthanized.

    :rolleyes:
     
  5. dahcheet macrumors regular

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    I take mine to work with me everyday to use over lunch and any random breaks. Then I drain the rest of the battery when I get home and charge it when the warning message comes up. 21 cycles in and nothing seems to be wrong. :D
     
  6. mcvaughan macrumors 6502

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    Generally have it plugged in if I'm at my desk, but I try to stay mobile. :)
     
  7. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I plug it in along with a KVM switch at home. Otherwise, only one cord (power) is plugged in anywhere else.
     
  8. jameskohn macrumors 6502

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    Just use it...

    I just use it without even thinking about the power; that means on battery most of the day, recharge overnight.

    Most of the battery "issues" seem to sort themselves out over time: from empty +/- 2 hours to about 80%, then around two more hours to get to 100%.

    I would not have even known there was an issue if I hadn't read the forums. As it turns out, there isn't a problem with my battery. From 0% to 100% in under 4 hours works for me.

    Enjoying the heck out of this machine.
     
  9. spyz88 macrumors regular

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    ROFLMFAO!!!!! I'm sorry but that was TOO funny...
     
  10. ddd269 macrumors regular

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    My thoughts exactly!

    Just enjoy your MBA :D
     
  11. joegomolski macrumors 6502

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    I am unable to charge my battery 100%. Usually I get to 94%.

    Anyone know how to go all the way?
     
  12. jameskohn macrumors 6502

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    Maybe if you buy her a few drinks, tell her you love her?
     
  13. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I usually use it on battery and put it on power when I get the warning and then it recharges overnight. No issues here with recharging times or battery times. LOVE this machine!
     
  14. joegomolski macrumors 6502

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    Ok.:D

    Now let's be serious.

    When you all finish charging the MBA, what % of full capacity do you show?
     
  15. al82 macrumors regular

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    Once the battery is on full, if you leave it plugged in, is this ok?

    Say my battery is full and im home all day, can i leave it plugged in all day while i use it?

    Guess what i really want to know is once the battery is full, will it stop charging the battery and only use the electricity to run the product?
     
  16. LevMac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the replies :) It seems that its fine to leave it plugged into the MagSafe adapter and run it. Ive done the full calibration twice now, and its just been plugged in since the last calibration, and its showing the battery to be 98%, why is this ?

    Ive just tried taking the magsafe off and running on battery power, the time remaining showed some weird results, it went from 5:20 remaining to 4:49 remaining with the drop from 98% to 96% ? And then back up to 5:10 remaining ?
     
  17. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    The battery wont start charging again until the battery power level drops below about 95%.
     

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