Turn off v. Standby?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by daonesteven, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. daonesteven macrumors 6502

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    Now that this MBA boots up in the fraction of the time than my original macbook did, would it be beneficial for my mba in the long run to make a proactive effort to shut it down completely when I can or is it okay for me to leave it on standby like I'm used to and restart/turn off like maybe once a week? Beneficial in terms of its longevity I guess.
     
  2. DJBBOX macrumors regular

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    if you're talking about battery life the key here is to POWER CICLE that battery. meaning= let the battery drain completely at least once per month and also keep the electrons flowing by using the battery to at least a 30% before plugin it in for charge.
     
  3. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I understand that is unnecessary on modern apple laptops, like our MBAs. Apple uses a very smart battery controller which makes sure to cycle and load-balance the cells automatically during regular use (that is how they achieve 1000 cycles vs 300 before). This does the same thing as power cycling the battery. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries like to be plugged in and trickle charging to top them off, they don't like to be charged fast from a low charge.

    So all you're doing is adding to your "cycles" count and reducing the long-term life of the battery... slightly. Not by much.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    While it's recommended to exercise the battery to keep it healthy, you can recharge at any time. You don't have to drain it to 30% before recharging. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
     
  5. DJBBOX macrumors regular

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    you can read this apple article
    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html
    what i mention IS under the standard maintenance section of the article.
    IT IS NOT UNNECESSARY. is STANDARD MAINTENANCE on modern notebooks including MB, MBP and MBA.

    and the 30% battery drain part is more of personal opinion not included in the article.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's referring to a notebook that rarely gets used or cycled. That's not applicable to the OP's situation. It also says nothing about 30%, which is not required at all.
     
  7. DJBBOX macrumors regular

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    yeah thats why i said that at the end of the post. maybe you did not see it as i had to edit the post. and yes that do not apply if you use your portable laptop as a main always on system. just don keep it plugged in all the time.
     

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