Plug in MBP all day harms the battery?

colonel179

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Jun 10, 2014
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Hi,

I would like to know if having my MBP connected to a power surge all work day (8+ hours) would affect the battery or any other thing?

Does it harm it in any way, or would it be better to unplug it and use the battery until it drains, then unplug it.
 

magbarn

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lol, this one has been beaten to death. I wouldn't leave it plugged in 24/7. Lithium batteries like to be between 20-80% charge mostly for the longest life. In other words they don't like to be at 90-100% all the time when plugged in and they don't like to be discharged to 0% all the time either (although Apple does recommend to do this monthly so the battery can recalibrate.)

They also like to be exercised once in awhile. I'm OCD so I've decided to a little trick with my MacBooks. For the ones that I don't take on the road, I use their batteries down to about 50%, I then put a little strip of electrical tape on the middle pin on the magsafe connector on the laptop. When this is done, the AC adapter will continue to power the macbook, but the battery won't be charged. I know it's an inelegant solution, but unfortunately Apple doesn't have a battery saver app like Lenovo. Lenovo's app is awesome, you can dictate at what percentages to start charging/discharging. That way you can keep the battery from being maintained at >90% all the time when plugged in which is harmful.

Hint: It's easy if you use a magsafe 1 AC adapter on a magsafe 2 macbook, the tape goes on the magsafe 1 to 2 adapter...

Just so you know I'm not just talking out of my ass here's a link below:
Battery University

Also, Hybrid car makers know this so cars like the Prius like to follow the rules above. They don't like to fully charge or fully discharge the batteries.
 

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Weaselboy

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Hi,

I would like to know if having my MBP connected to a power surge all work day (8+ hours) would affect the battery or any other thing?

Does it harm it in any way, or would it be better to unplug it and use the battery until it drains, then unplug it.
Won't hurt a thing to leave it plugged in. Running it down intentionally like you mentioned actually puts unnecessary cycles on the battery.

Take a look at these links for Apple's official battery information.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1446

http://www.apple.com/batteries/
 

ron1004

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My 2010 and 2011 17" MBP's stay plugged in 24/7 and only occasionally used on the batteries, and the batteries still run for much the same time as when they were new.
 

JackieInCo

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In all my MacBooks and MacBook Pros, I've always kept them plugged in. I occasionally use them on battery power because if you don't use the battery enough, it can swell and show that it needs service.
 

simonsi

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My MBA has seen the same decline in battery capacity but over a shorter period than my MBP which typically gets a cycle a day roughly. IMHO they benefit from regular use.

Li batteries swell due to chemical breakdown, that happens with age eventually in my experience.
 

Evren Carven

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Dec 16, 2014
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From magbarn'reply, Lenovo has a battery saver app to manage what percentages to start charging/discharging. Is there a similar app for Mac? I think it is very useful for battery life.
 

leman

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It really doesn't matter what you do with your battery. It will most likely last 4-5 years independent of how you treat it. I constantly abuse my battery and its still doing fine after 3 years.

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From magbarn'reply, Lenovo has a battery saver app to manage what percentages to start charging/discharging. Is there a similar app for Mac? I think it is very useful for battery life.
I highly doubt that Apple exposes this kind of functionality. That would be agains their basic design principles.
 

maflynn

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I have my 2012 rMBP plugged in all day when its not out traveling with me, or my kids grab it. The computer is now 3 years old and so far (knocks on wood) the battery is fine.

My kids got the use of my old 2010 MBP and that's plugged in all day when its not in use, and that bad boy's battery is now 5 years old and its still going strong as well.
 

snaky69

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Mar 14, 2008
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Hi,

I would like to know if having my MBP connected to a power surge all work day (8+ hours) would affect the battery or any other thing?

Does it harm it in any way, or would it be better to unplug it and use the battery until it drains, then unplug it.
No.
 
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