Need help lasting longer in bed...

mickbab

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Sep 13, 2008
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Hey guys, hopefully you can help me out.

I'm having a little trouble 'in the bedroom', if you know what I mean...
I just can't last long enough to enjoy the experience. I've tried some of the things people say, but I'm still not happy.

Does anyone have any tips for lasting longer in bed?

It just makes me feel as though I am incompetent. Friends of mine can go at it for 8 hours straight and it just crushes me to hear that...

I don't know how they do it...as soon as I open up more than 1 or 2 programs, my battery life just dies while I'm using the laptop in my room, school, or anywhere for that matter.

Just wanted to know if anyone knows of anything I can do to last just that little bit longer... ;)
 

rumpus

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Simple. Get a new battery. Or is your old one unremovable ? Ah.. the irony of life.

Welcome to wasteland. If you are trying to be funny, you're failing, sorry. About your signature, you don't need to "reserve your rights" because no one with half as much the intellectual capacity of a boiled potato will steal your posts.
 

mickbab

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Is this a joke. :rolleyes:
Is that a joke? :rolleyes:

:D

No I really would like my battery to last longer, especially for school.


Simple. Get a new battery. Or is your old one unremovable ? Ah.. the irony of life.

Welcome to wasteland. If you are trying to be funny, you're failing, sorry. About your signature, you don't need to "reserve your rights" because no one with half as much the intellectual capacity of a boiled potato will steal your posts.
Ah.. the irony of someone trying to make an ironic statement when indeed they are wrong.
The battery is removable and would only be too simple to go out and buy a new one, but since the MacRumors community is such a wonderful bunch of people, I thought that some kind individuals might have some helpful tips. Alas, I was wrong.

And if somebody with half the intellectual capacity of a boiled potato does come along and read MacRumors, feel free to point them in this direction for them to ridicule my posts.

Someone has their grumpy pants on today.

Have a wonderful evening.
 

rumpus

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ROFL batteries are removable, that was the irony in the first place !!

Judging from your original post and thread title, you're not looking for "help and tips", you're actually looking for some attention. Don't mean to offend you at all, but next time you seriously want tips, try a less homosexual approach and mention what laptop, hardware and programs you're running, rather than inviting us to help you "in your bed". :D
 

mickbab

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ROFL batteries are removable, that was the irony in the first place !!

Judging from your original post and thread title, you're not looking for "help and tips", you're actually looking for some attention. Don't mean to offend you at all, but next time you seriously want tips, try a less homosexual approach and mention what laptop, hardware and programs you're running, rather than inviting us to help you "in your bed". :D
:( It sounds like my invitation has been declined? ;)

Well if we must be so serious about this, I'm running a 2.4GHz uMBP (2GB RAM, 500GB HDD), and at school while I'm running Pages and occassionally Safari, with Bluetooth off, sound muted, keyboard and screen backlight right down, and Wi-Fi off when not in use, I can get 4-4.5ish hours out of it.

Download Coconutbattery and report back the stats.
Cycles: 212
Age: 13 months
Current capacity: 4443 mAh (96%)

*

Is this the best I will get out of it or is there ways to improve the battery life?
 

moel

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Nov 7, 2007
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You can't 'improve' a battery just like you can't make someone younger.

Basically plug your adaptor in and use that in bed. Or buy a new battery

End of story.
 

itommyboy

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Feb 26, 2009
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Calibrate To Go Long Time

You can't 'improve' a battery.

Actually you can improve battery life, often times significantly. Calibrate your battery it will get you some better mileage. It varies per type of laptop and battery OEM but it should help especially if you've never done it before. Apple walks you through battery calibration here. Funny post indeed people to serious around here especially lately with their pants in a bundle waiting for new MBP. ;)
 

SecretAsianMan

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Jul 9, 2008
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I thought the title and first post was funny, too.

Perhaps you rubbed some people the wrong way:

try a less homosexual approach
Stay classy.

Personally, I dislike the feeling of impending exhaustion. If I am going to be in bed with my Mac for a while, I always plug into a power outlet. With the MagSafe plug design, there's little reason to worry about damage to your laptop.
 

xlii

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Sep 19, 2006
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I thought the title and first post was funny, too.

Perhaps you rubbed some people the wrong way:


Stay classy.

Personally, I dislike the feeling of impending exhaustion. If I am going to be in bed with my Mac for a while, I always plug into a power outlet. With the MagSafe plug design, there's little reason to worry about damage to your laptop.
Ohhh, you don't know the dangers... what if you fall asleep... macBook on lap... flash running... macBook heats up... burns hole... starts fire... bed... room... house... block... city... you... oblivion.
 

Alvi

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Oct 31, 2008
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Ohhh, you don't know the dangers... what if you fall asleep... macBook on lap... flash running... macBook heats up... burns hole... starts fire... bed... room... house... block... city... you... oblivion.
LOL! But, he is right, make sure the computer is ventilating right and doesn't get too hot since that eats battery pretty badly I've seen some belkin pads you can use when the computer is on your lap, but the usb coolers it has use battery too, maybe try one of those small tables people usually use to eat in bed.




ROFL batteries are removable, that was the irony in the first place !!

Judging from your original post and thread title, you're not looking for "help and tips", you're actually looking for some attention. Don't mean to offend you at all, but next time you seriously want tips, try a less homosexual approach and mention what laptop, hardware and programs you're running, rather than inviting us to help you "in your bed". :D
What makes it "Homosexual"?
People try to be funny and people react like those religious freaks which jump around military funerals insulting their families and them :))
 

Pax

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Dec 12, 2003
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Cycles: 212
Age: 13 months
Current capacity: 4443 mAh (96%)
I thought it was funny too

I assume you've got 15.4 inches? (fnarr).

You might be in a measurement competition with people with superior equipment:-

I think the 15.4 capacity "as new" is 4600 mAh which ties up with your 96% above. But this article says the uMBPs have a smaller battery than the previous models.
http://ryanblock.com/2008/10/new-macbook-pro-now-with-20-less-battery-power/

If you're comparing yours with pre-unibody models you might be disappointed. Also my 13" uMBP from Dec 2009 reports 5143 mAh, so the 13's are bigger than your 15.4". I can definitely get 5, maybe 6 hours at 1/2 brightness, WiFi on, light use eg Safari, Mail only.

So it sounds like you're getting about the best you can out of your equipment. Calibration might help, but that's more about making the battery meter more accurate than increasing your runtime.

ooer missus, obligatory for our British readers
 

OttawaGuy

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Mar 28, 2006
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Creative post. :D
Perhaps allow your batteries to drain completely before recharging them next time.
Otherwise you may need a new one as others have said.
Good luck
 

wikoogle

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Jun 12, 2009
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Awesome post.

Have you had the MBP for under an year?

If so, take it to an Apple Store and tell them your battery life sucks. They will test it, and if proven correct, will replace your battery as long as it hasn't been 1 year since purchase date.
 

tsubikiddo

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Mar 15, 2008
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to the OP, it is strongly advisable to bring 'it' in and seek Genius advice.:D

it sounds the battery is delivering its promise, but hey, regular checks are important too.
And if unsure, seek authority confirmation;)

And relax, it's interesting to see thread like this once in a while
 

mrsir2009

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Sep 17, 2009
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Lol best thread of the day! LOL.

To make the battery last longer you could dim the screen down, turn off the keyboard lighting and keep off the flash content (including RedTube).:D
 

jtara

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Mar 23, 2009
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I think that's the best you are going to get. Really, you're already getting good battery life.

If you have a machine with a removable battery (the most recent MBPs have non-removable batteries, at least not without removing the entire back cover by removing those tiny screws) just get an extra battery, and switch batteries when the first runs-down.

I assume you can buy third-party charging stations for the battery. (I don't think Apple offers one?)
 

shambo

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Apr 4, 2009
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Sorry but it's threads like these that bring this bad boy forum to its knees. :rolleyes:
 

reallynotnick

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Oct 21, 2005
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Turn your brightness down
Turn WiFi and bluetooth off when not needed
Use CoolBook to undervolt your computer
Don't use Flash heavily if web browsing, or at least install 10.1 beta