WARNING battery drain after update to Sierra

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  1. guido.coza, Oct 8, 2016
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    guido.coza macrumors member

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    Hi All
    A warning and hopefully some help.
    Since I updated my MID 2014 MBP retina from Mavericks to Sierra My battery drains about 3 times faster than before. Without having some concrete numbers, since the update last week the laptop shut down twice already because of no battery, and nearly every day I get at least one "low power" warning!
    In the 19 month I have the Macbook now this happened before that ones!
    My worry is that Sierra will fry the battery the same than one update did a couple of years ago on my MBA. Apple admitted a software problem at the time, but never compensated for the damage!
    Any advise except to revert back to mavericks??

    I have no idea why this is a wiki post!
     
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    How long have you actually left it open and running since the upgrade? It needs to reindex Spotlight and also the new Photos recognition needs to run, and those both use a lot of battery and take time to complete.
     
  3. guido.coza thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi Weaselboy
    I never opened Spotlight and have no pictures stored anywhere near "photos"
    Is there a way to switch this feature off and what for is it used??
    To answer your question I updated I think monday this week and cleared out about 15GB since than via the new "about this mac feature"
    The laptop is on at least 3-4 h every day as I work with LR and internet. I however can not find that I have an increase in temperature or fan activity
     
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    Spotlight would have indexed by now, and if you have no photos in the Photos app, then there is nothing to index... so it is not that.

    It could be that you have some app or utility that is incompatible with Sierra.

    After running on battery for a while, open. Activity Monitor and look in the Energy tab and sort Avg Energy Impact like in my screenshot. What does that show?

    Screen Shot 2016-10-08 at 10.37.13 AM.png
     
  5. guido.coza, Oct 8, 2016
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    Everything looks fine to me
    What I can say the battery charges faster ( feeled)
     

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    Ones again the macbook pro is drained from 100 to 8% in less than 4h. All I did was importing pictures in a Adobe Lightroom catalog with the screen turned dark!!
    Clearly there is something wrong with Sierra!!
    OR it is yet another way of Apple to pull money out of there customers pockets. With a battery that can't be replaced and a 3 times quicker drained battery than normal, the new laptop gets necessary 9-12 month earlier!!!
    All I can say, if apple continues to take there customers for a right, other manufacturers are coming close to mac and it is maybe time to do the switch
     
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    It took now only slightly less than ONE HOUR fo go from 100%-13% !!!! Two programs running. LIGHTROOM and FIREFOX
     
  8. fisherking macrumors 603

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    since this isn't happening to everyone, it's obviously not some devious plot by apple, or an issue in general with sierra. if you can, get to apple, or to a tech shop... something. get someone to help.
     
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    It does not need to happen to everybody if it happen to 1/1000 it would be good enough!!!
    And I not even say it was planned but I don"t see them being in a hurry to fix it either!!
     
  10. fisherking macrumors 603

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    fix what? YOU have a problem, get help with it. simple.
     
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    You should consider backing up your data and doing a clean install. I can almost guarantee that this will fix your issue.
     
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    Sounds like the common theme here is LR. I'm backing either an unwanted system process is working overtime or LR is somehow killing the battery.

    Either way, seeking help from someone is what I'd be doing.
     
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    Dude, he's "reported" it (very excitedly, it would seem) on a non-Apple forum...what more do you want?! They should be working night and day! :D
     
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    I think fisherking's point is that there are a whole bunch of users out there running Sierra on the exact model Mac you have and they are not having this issue. If this were a common issue with the 2014 rMBP, there would be long threads here with reports... and there are not.


    I happen to own the same Mac and have no issue.
    Screen_Shot_2016-10-10_at_6_48_45_AM.png
    So this kind of makes it look like this is something wrong specific to your Mac and not a general issue with Sierra. Either you have some hardware failure, or more likely, some app or utility that is incompatible with Sierra. Sierra updates are not likely to fix either one of those issues. For example, I see in your screenshot (below) you have a system monitor utility called Magican running. Things like that are often not compatible with OS updates.


    Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 6.54.28 AM.png
     
  16. linfanxi macrumors newbie

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    I have exactly the same problem. My macbook air is mid 2013, upgraded from Mavericks to Sierra. I uninstalled office 2011 and installed office 2016. No other changes.

    Previously the battery can last I guess more than 8 hours. Now around 3 hours.
     
  17. filmak macrumors 6502a

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    MacBook Air 2013.
    Sierra installed on launch date.
    Still experiencing reduced battery life, compared to previous OS versions.
     
  18. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    Just out of curiosity, have you tried an smc reset?
     
  19. filmak macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, PRAM, SMC, safe mode multiple times...
    I have some new observations,
    a. Mail seems to be related, as safari up to a point...
    b. after the last safe mode boot it seems that the temperatures have gone down a bit, not like the previous OS levels but close enough.
     
  20. melowvibes macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I am having the same issue with reduced battery life post Sierra Update. Google Chrome and Safari are the only apps running, and as you can see from the Screenshot below, the battery life was reduced by 50% after just 26 minutes of web browsing.

    I have a early 2014 MacBook Air which provides approx 12 hours of battery life, of course depending on the tasks, but considering I am only browsing the web, I can only assume Sierra is the culprit for reduced battery life. I didn't have this issue when I upgraded to Mavericks
    View attachment 668922

    Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.
     
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