Late 2013 13" rMBP low battery life

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  1. esbx macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    After using my brand new 13" rMBP i've noticed that the battery life is nowhere near the advertised 8 hours.

    Specs:
    i7 2.8 ghz
    512GB ssd
    8gb ram

    For example, Skype will completely drain my battery in 2 hours or so.
    Just check out the absurd amount of power it uses.
    http://imgur.com/DF7HPpL
    (Pardon the language, but you get the idea)

    Overall the battery life is decent.
    Running heavier apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator and watching movies in VLC will also drain the battery quite fast, but that's to be expected i guess.

    As it is right now, i get about the same battery life on this brand new 2013 rMBP, as i do on my 2 year old Early 2011 MBP.

    With the new Haswell processor, a brand new Macbook Pro running a brand new OS, it's very disappointing to get these results.

    Is it possible that my battery is faulty?
    Seing as this is a BTO model sent from China, how would i go about replacing said battery if it is faulty?

    All help appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. smakdown61 macrumors regular

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    Take it to an apple store.

     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Apple's battery life estimates are based on very specific conditions which do not include running apps such as Skype. It is not realistic to expect the same battery life when running resource-intensive apps..

    There are many factors that impact your battery life. See the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link for details, including tips on how to maximize your battery life.
    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. esbx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No Apple store nearby, only resellers :/

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    Thank you, i'll have a look.
     
  5. Appledreamer macrumors member

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    plug it in when using Skype or photo shop and when your not you will get 8 hours of normal surfing and emails......i get 20.00 hours on my AIR hehe
     
  6. esskay macrumors 6502

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    Hi Esbx,
    Wondering what sort of battery life in regular use you're seeing now that you've been using the rmbp13 for months now?
    Thanks!
     
  7. mordster macrumors newbie

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    macbook pro late 2013 drains in 3 hours just on Google Chrome

    Why is the battery draining so much?
    I took some screen shots of activity monitor.
    Can any one make sense of this?
     

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  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Chrome is a well known resource hog on OS X. Safari is way faster, more secure and power efficient.
     
  9. mordster macrumors newbie

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    That's strange because I ran chrome on my old white 2009 MacBook and the battery life on it was way better than my new MacBook. Could it be that it has most storage dedicated to boot camp and not much in OS X ? Also It does get pretty hot underneath just when surfing the web.
    Are there any other fast browsers apart from safari that don't eat into battery use ?
     
  10. theromz macrumors regular

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    [Caution Needed]

    Safari is a bit faster in some benchmarks but the difference isn't much and I have never read anything about it being more secure, given the recent SSL bugs that where only present on Apples own apps I wouldn't be to sure. It does use less power however but again I have tested both and the difference is maybe 20mins on days that I only web browser, e.g. I can get 9 hours of just web browsing on chrome and 9:20 hours on Safari.
     
  11. mordster macrumors newbie

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    9 hrs is incredible! Do you have the energy savers on ? eg. Disable blue tooth etc. How can I know if mines a hardware or software issue? Would the large amount of space dedicated to Bootcamp have anything to do with it even though I have booted up and using OSX and Bootcamp isn't running?
     
  12. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The SSL bugs were fixed in 10.9.2 already.
     
  13. theromz macrumors regular

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    Thats why I said recent, either way my point is that I see no clear indication suggest Safari is more secure then Chrome.
     
  14. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I remembered in previous versions of Chrome, you could access saved passwords without having an admin password. Safari has always required an admin passwords to view saved passwords.
     
  15. theromz macrumors regular

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    Very true, and somehow Chrome said it was by design since someone could easily find the file, I believe it is fixed now. But that isn't really a security flaw and more just stupid design choices.

    But it doesn't prove 1 browser is more secure then the other, unless we have some raw figures proving that.
     
  16. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same laptop and get 5h-5.5h and I don't use Netflix.. I open iTunes surf a few web site (flash is disabled via browser plugin). No video download at all.

    Battery reports 2 full cycle, it's a refurbished I got last friday.
     
  17. Meister Suspended

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    what screenbrightness are you on?
    What browser are you using?
     
  18. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    safari, chrome/firefox are not installed. Level 4 brightness (4 squares) & keyboard backlight disabled.

    Itunes was not playing, it was downloading 5 albums.

    Open programs: itunes, mail, safari (with Click2Flash and adblocker ) and I was on the apple home page.

    It went from 100% to 93% in 30 minutes. No USB/SD card were plugged and no external devices.
     
  19. Meister Suspended

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    check the battery health and max charge in the system report.
    :apple: will give you a replacement if your batterylife is really that bad.
     
  20. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    I included a screenshot of what I have
     

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  21. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    seems to be getting better now

    Code:
    BATTERY LIFE
    
    ** wifi on **
    11:45  91% 
    11:53  89% (7h15m left)
    12:19 83% (6h51m left )
    ** turn off wifi **
    CODA / MYSQL / APACHE / PHP / LOCAL SAFARI
    12:53: 76% (7:51m left) 
    
    let's wait and see
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    When you first get a computer, or first install a new OS on one, there are many "set-up" processes such as indexing your drive that can consume system resources and impact battery life. Give it a few days to settle into normal operation and see what it looks like then.

    There are many factors that impact your battery life. See the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link for details, including tips on how to maximize your battery life.
    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.
     
  23. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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    thanks but I read that article.. Indexing was also not running when I initially posted. I just did a work session on it (without wifi) and it went well. I monitored the battery for 90 minutes and ending up with a remaining time higher than when I started. So the conclusion is not to check at a specific time but to monitor it over a period and keep track. The Energy tab in Activity monitor was a great resource.

    I won't be checking it every day now that it seems to be normal. I will use it for Lightroom, Logic and Finalcut but I expected good battery life for web development, which I manage to get.
     

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