Keeping MacBook Air Plugged In For Long Times?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jadAce, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. jadAce macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2013
    Is there any disadvantage to keeping the MacBook Air plugged in for long times (6-7 hours or more)?
    Or is it necessary to let the battery drain after some time?
  2. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2013
    I think I remember reading from Mac customer service that they recommended unplugging it after 2-3 days to keep things moving inside the battery..6-7 hours shouldn't hurt a thing.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Run on battery whenever you need to and plug it in whenever you can. You can plug or unplug any time you need to, regardless of the charged percentage, and you never need to completely drain your battery. Just make sure you don't run on AC power exclusively, as your battery needs to be used regularly to stay healthy.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
  4. evorc macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2011
    I agree with this. After 2 years, my mid-2011 macbook air only has 200 cycles. I sold it already last weekend but I thought that was pretty impressive. I hardly use the battery and do long hours of coding so I plug it in. But I plug it off when not in used.
  5. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    6-7 hours won't create any problems. Remember, the MacBook draws power from the charger, it's not the charger forcing current into the MacBook. Once it's charged the MacBook stops drawing current. No harm done.
  6. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    After being in your position initially op, I got the best response from a cool poster here -

    Use it however it is convenient for you. Don't force yourself to charge it, and don't force yourself to unplug it. Don't keep a strained eye on the cycle count.

    You've paid good money for one of the finest laptops ever built, use it as you desire. (even to cut an apple!)
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I just sold my 2011 MBA a few weeks ago. It spent most of its life on my desk. plugged into the power adapter and an external screen. It still got excellent battery life - I was able to get through a 12 hour work day when travelling by just using some common sense power management.
  8. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

    Mr Rabbit

    May 13, 2013
    What GGJStudios said.

    Really just use it as needed. 6-7 hours is perfectly fine, 6-7 weeks would hurt the battery a bit. ;)

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