MBA 2011 - Power Consumption

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bp1000, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    Not sure if this will be useful to anyone but i measured the power consumption of my new MBA in various states.

    mba 2011, 13", 1.7ghz, 128gb ssd. Fully charged. Auto screen brightness disabled to stop fluctuations.

    All measurements in WATTS. Check the photos for results.

    Plugged in turned off

    Desktop idle, 100% screen brightness

    Desktop Idle, 50% screen brightness (same results with 10% screen brightness)

    Fullscreen HTML5 Video in Safari

    Fullscreen 720p flash video in Chrome Canary
  2. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    Useful information! Thank you very much for sharing.
  3. tech324 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2010
    I have been looking for this info for quite some time. I even posted about it a couple weeks but received no answers. Thank you OP for posting the pics and the information. Very useful indeed.
  4. bp1000 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    Thats ok

    Glad it could be useful to some

    Frankly, i'm amazed by how little power it consumes, even whilst watching HD flash video.

    In general use, 6 watts idle is wonderful, 11-15 watts browsing and general usage, which pretty much sums up most of my usage.

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