My solution to the Lion battery life issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ABadSanta, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. ABadSanta macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    I experienced what seemed quite prevalent on these forums: dismal battery life after the transition to Lion. On Snow Leopard, my computer got 5-6 hours of battery life while browsing the internet, word processing, and spotify on roughly 40% brightness.

    On Lion, I got 3-4 hours under the same exact conditions.

    I tried everything, including checking my activity monitor, doing a fresh install of Lion, and I even tried turning my brightness to almost the lowest possible to try to get the same battery life.

    I then installed gfxcardstatus, to see whether my integrated or dedicated card was running. Turns out, my computer would turn on the dedicated card when I launched Chrome...

    I set it to Integrated only, and now i get more than 6 hours of battery life doing the same tasks.

    Thought I'd share this with you all. I hope I can help anyone else who has a problem with battery life.

    My computer: 2011 MBP 15" 2.0 ghz i7, HR Anti Glare, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD @ 7200 rpm


  2. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    Chrome has that problem in SL too. It's nothing new.
  3. ABadSanta, Aug 5, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011

    ABadSanta thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    Right, which is unfortunate. Regardless though, I have found that keeping my computer on the integrated chip saves a lot of battery life.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008

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