Retina MacBook, keep the charger plugged in or the time or not ?

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  1. 10-Dee-Q, Aug 25, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016

    10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2006
    Bandung, West Java, Indonesia & Singapore
    hi, so i bought this m5 rMB and currently im using it as a desktop to replace my old 2009 MBP
    because i couldn't wait for the refresfed MBP
    anyway as i use my mac mostly as a desktop, i don't bring my mac around and i only use it for browsing and watching youtube and occasionaaly editing some photos on photoshop, anyway i'm wondering, what's the best way to "preserved" the battery on this ?
    do i keep it plugged in all the time ?
    or i should plugged it out when the battery is full and plugged it in again when the low battery warning pop out ?

    thank you, please advice.
  2. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Run 2 full battery cyles per month at least and your battery health will be alright.
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Do whatever you want.

    Strictly, a mixture is best. The worst idea is to unplug every time it reaches 100 % and plug back in when it reaches 10 %. That will wear it down.
  4. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    I use the program FruitJuice. Works well for me
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If you don't need to be running on battery, just leave it plugged in all the time. Otherwise you are just introducing unnecessary battery cycles. Here are couple links from Apple that might help you.
  6. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    With my rMBP that I use as a desktop replacement, I keep it plugged into the charger most of the time and then when I think of it I unplug it for a while, give the battery some exercise and then plug it back in. So far this has been fine.

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