MacBook Pro Battery Life Problem

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  1. Cookiemonster macrumors regular

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    Greetings everyone,
    Just was looking for some advice in to my situation. I've had my macbook pro for a little over 13 months and in the last 2-3 weeks the battery has gone from okay to really bad, Im reading at 24% battery health, under 57 charge cycles and Full charge capacity (mAh): 1445.
    Is there anything I can do? I took out the battery and tried to reset the system but still nothing? Help?

    I dont think its acceptable for a battery to be this shot under so few battery cycles? How do I improve health and capacity? Thanks.:confused:
     
  2. kobefan234 macrumors 6502

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    Wait your current battery capacity is 24% and thats under 57 cycles? If thats the case then you have a faulty battery. Take it to a apple store and get it replaced!;)
     
  3. infernohellion macrumors 6502

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  4. smokedog macrumors regular

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    How did you manage to just do 57 charge cycles on 13 months old laptop. My MBP is 2 weeks old and I have done 23 cycles :(
     
  5. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816

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    Not just the software update. This is a service bulletin by Apple. If your battery exhibits any of the symptoms, you can get it replaced.
     
  6. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    call applecare, they will send you a new one. and when you receive it follow the operating instructions on the apple site.
     
  7. Cookiemonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi guys,

    I tried downloading that software update thing from Apple- but my computer says that I dont need it- :rolleyes:
    Will this be a problem if I do not have applecare? This is a defect on their behalf if Im not mistaken, right?
    I think my best bet is to call them or drag it to an apple store. I'll update
     
  8. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816

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    You mac should already have the updated battery software, so you don't really need it. Your battery surely falls within the "battery exhibits low charge capacity/runtime when using a fully charged battery with a battery cycle count of less than 300" category.

    I would give Applecare a call and let them know about your issue. Quote the technical bulletin posted. Although the best thing of course is go see a genius at an apple store. Remember to print out the technical bulletin in case they are not familiar with it.
     
  9. FinalCutJay macrumors member

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    My MBP 2.53GHz is about 6 weeks old and seriously the battery sucks. No literally it sucks all of its power out within 45 minutes of gaming. I was at 90% turned on WoW to do something real fast, well real fast turned into 45 minutes and when i closed out the battery life at 25%

    I noticed if watching a DVD it drops about 1% every 2 minutes and on my hour train commute home working in After Effects i can burn through almost 50% of the battery.

    I leave the machine on better performance, generally work with the keyboard lights off, and screen brightness is about 2 from off. I just can't believe the better video card is burning up that much juice.

    I've also noticed from time to time when i close the lid and put the sucker to sleep it keeps on going sometimes i come back an hour later and its hot enough to fry an egg and oh look battery life is at 5%.

    Just checked the system profiler
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    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 8
    Condition: Good
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    Is the 9600 really that much of a battery beast? anyone have links to tests?
     

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