My Macbook Pro battery life.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kpooky, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. kpooky macrumors newbie

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    I bought my macbook in late october of last year and I love it but the only thing is the battery life of it, it seems like it doesnt hold a full charge for more than 3 or 4 hours even though it's supposed to hold about 10, is there anything I can do to improve the battery life or where can I buy a better battery for it.
    -thanks
     
  2. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    what sorts of things are you doing with your computer? battery life will vary depending on usage. playing a dvd or gaming, for example, will deplete a battery much faster than word processing or lightly browsing the web.
     
  3. kpooky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well when I watch a movie, when I start it it's usually at 100% and when i'm done, usually an hour and a half movie or so, it's at like 45% or lower. and when I browse the web without watching a movie it usually only goes for 4-5 hours.
     
  4. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    last year's MBP was only rated like 7 hours on minimum setings
     
  5. kpooky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    still shouldn't I get a full 7 hours then?
     
  6. bigsexyy81 macrumors 6502a

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    You gotta understand, Apple probably is running absolute minimal tasks at the lowest possible backlight setting (no backlit keyboard) to get 10 hours out of it. Unfortunately it's a little bit misleading. I have the same laptop and usually expect 5-6 hours with normal backlight and 4-5 programs running at the same time. If the optical drive is running I'd expect it to cruise through pretty fast.
     
  7. kpooky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah i get that but there's nothing I can do to improve the battery just a little bit?
     
  8. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    keyboard light off, screen on lower brightness, no use of the dvd drive

    avoid flash/video sites
    even flash ads can drain your battery quickly
    bluetooth off if you don't need it

    that's about all you can do
     
  9. kpooky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    =/ oh well, thanks though.
     

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