SIGH...Battery Life

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jreyes, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. jreyes macrumors newbie

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    I was extremely excited to see that Apple has worked to fix the issues with the batter life on the new MacBook Pros, but im seeing no improvement. I downloaded the beta and my MBP is lasting about 4.5 hours. The only things I have done on it in that time are surf the web and listen to music. Now im sad.
     
  2. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    If you pass alone what machine configuration you have, others may be able to make some suggestions regarding your battery life.
     
  3. jreyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Late 2016 MBP Touchbar
    2.9 i5
    8GB Ram
    Iris graphics 550
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    What build number is your OS? How's the system uptime? Is reopen windows when logging back in ticked or unticked?
     
  5. jreyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    10.2.3 beta
    Uptime is slim, i shut her down every day
    I typically do check the reopen when logging back in.
     
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Could you try disabling that and see if it's any better — if not permanently, just for diagnosis purposes? I find it has a tendency to reopen background processes which can suck up battery. :)
     
  7. jreyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sure, is the only way through the terminal?
     
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Oh no, not at all! You just literally need to untick the option when you go to shut down. Nothing more than that.
     
  9. jreyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh! Well that was easier than expected. Its off
     
  10. Gaprofitt macrumors regular

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    Return it and get the new XPS 15. If you need a 15% off coupon let me know..
     
  11. jreyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Looks like a really solid laptop, but kind of plasticy.
     
  12. Papakaliati macrumors newbie

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    After installing the Beta 4, my MacBook Pro 15 has ridiculously good battery life. With light work seems to be over 12 hours. After almost 1.5 to 2 hours of use (mostly on low light) I am sitting at a ridiculous 92% and 11 hours left.

    Also beta 4 fixed the battery leaching while sleeping I used to have.
     
  13. jreyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I am hoping it will get better. I only have like 12 cycles on my battery currently.
     
  14. lambertjohn, Jan 13, 2017
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    lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    It's kind of sad that you can't just plug it in and use it and get the great battery life that you paid your hard-earned money for right from the start. Instead, you have to tell this forum what your configuration is, what you have running in the background, what your first-born's name is, yada yada. I just bought a 2015 MBP 15" refurb, and right out of the box, I'm getting about ten hours of use from the battery. I'm using Photoshop, Office, and surfing the web, and pretty much not paying attention to anything else. I'm just using the damn thing. And I get ten hours. Why can't that be the case with the 2016 model?? Why can't it "just work?" It's perplexing.
     
  15. Gaprofitt macrumors regular

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    Nah, rock solid and performance and great battery life. Not a show piece/status thing..
     
  16. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Glad it's working well for you. One reason to bother with the things you mention is that the new machine is plainly better, and will get better battery life too, according to the tests.
     
  17. lauramayer macrumors regular

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    Only 4 hours. That's sounds very low. Did you got the lastest update?

    Do you need much battery life? Every good airport lounge have power and if you fly first on a good carrier you got enough power for an MacBook.

    Maybe you count buy a big powerbank? It's this possible? Hmm...
     
  18. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Please share the info on the battery life. I didn't know any was out yet.

    I think you're wrong about which machine is a show piece. People here and elsewhere show the XPS off about specs and such, whether they have any cause to or not.
     
  19. jreyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, and I updated to the latest beta, too. Maybe it will better after it is pushed to public? I dont need the battery much, most of the time I can use the outlet, however, for this much money, you should get a good battery.
     
  20. thesaint024 macrumors 65816

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    I agree with you dude. Even though many may not need the battery life, you should still make sure your MBP does as advertised. Unfortunately, this situation is becoming more and more of an anomaly because people are either figuring out their bad battery issues/finding fixes or updates are fixing things or they are returning them (harder to troubleshoot because big things are getting fixed). I would not keep an MBP if it only got 4 hours max, because something is not right.

    FWIW, I have almost the same config as you. I could get as bad of battery life as you by simply "listening to music and browsing Safari". I found that streaming music with itunes from my NAS was doubling battery drain, and certain websites draw enormous power for some reason. Adblockers helped, but certain sites are still bad. These things have been getting fixed apparently as updates roll out, but just being aware of this helped me get claimed battery. I am not suggesting you should have to change your normal usage, but if you knew these causes of battery drain, you wouldn't stress about it. Moral is not all browsing and music listening are created equal. There are lots of one off things that will eventually get fixed. You can choose to find whatever it is causing higher than normal drain, wait out an update, or return it. I chose to work it out because everything else was so good. I use my spotify now instead of itunes. Who knew that NAS streaming was more power hungry than internet streaming? Not that I should have to, but modifying my use slightly will give me twice the battery life.
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    Super happy you have the new XPS. Didn't know it was out already. Are you with Dell sales? I had an XPS, and it's still not quite an MBP for many of us. The battery life is total b***s**t unless you have the lowest non-touch screen. It's louder, hotter, plasticky, touchpad is level below still, and still has the Windows "nuances" that we all love. Don't get me wrong. It's as close to an MBP as I've seen attempted (no personal experience with SB's), and I might consider it again down the road as I am OS agnostic. I just don't see how you're on MR selling a *new* Dell that no one has any real experience with yet. It's the real world usage (ergonomics, usability, etc.) that MBP owners are after. Until Dell proves it delivers that, it's still a level below and not comparable. Of course everyone already knows this, including you, but you are still peddling your product for some reason.
     
  21. Antairez macrumors regular

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    Not one another this kind of post again. When everything stays stock, just like how Apple tested their battery life on their machines, they lasted the quoted time. Now obviously all of our machines are filled with 3rd parties software and background processes, and they all consume power. To better troubleshoot your problem, I suggest you 1. Download coconutBattery (freeware), log your battery capacity and hourly power consumption in wattage 2. Turn on Activity Monitor and take a look at the energy tab, take a screenshot and report that to the community as well. 3. Make sure your screen brightness is set to a reasonable level (60% ish).

    Report all findings and observations.
     
  22. azntaiji macrumors member

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    What browser are you using?

    Brightness settings?

    Ad blocker?

    Do you have many tabs open at once?

    What kind of websites?

    So many factors, it's almost impossible for us to know what the issue is without more
     
  23. ihatetoregister macrumors 6502

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    Yep, the battery is crap. Software will only take you that far, at one point you have to look at the ratio TDP / capacity life and the 2016 models have a terrible ratio.
     

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