Real World Battery Life of Macbook Pro (Feb 2012)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Whalensdad, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Whalensdad macrumors member

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    Apple lists "up to 7 hrs" on the Macbook Pro (Feb 2012) Non-Retina. What are people seeing in real world use?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It varies greatly between users, depending on the workload and configuration in use, but you should expect less than 7 hours, as Apple's test conditions are very likely less demanding than your real-world usage.

    There are many factors that impact your battery life. See the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link for details, including tips on how to maximize your battery life.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
     
  3. Whalensdad thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't have one, yet. I wanted to see what I could expect based on what others are seeing.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    One user could be getting 2.5 hours on average, while another gets 5. That won't give you a realistic expectation. It's better to start with what you intend to use your computer for, what apps you expect to have running, what screen brightness is most comfortable for you, etc. If you could find someone running the same mix of apps, the same screen brightness and other settings, that person's usage may be more apt to be similar to what you can expect. The variance is great enough that simply knowing how many hours they're getting is useless information. It would be like asking what gas mileage everyone is getting, without asking what car model and configuration, what driving and maintenance habits, what location, etc. It could be 8 MPG or 48 MPG, neither of which may be anything close to what you might get.
     
  5. Whalensdad thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm looking for the full range of what people are seeing so I can form my own conclusions.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There are some battery test results in this review from Anandtech supporting the seven hours Apple claims.

    Here is the relevant excerpt from the review:

    Just personal experience with my last few Apple portables is the advertised battery life is right on target. Apple does not seem to be fudging the numbers.
     
  7. Whalensdad thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the link and the input. I appreciate it :)
     

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