Weird, got 12 cycles as brand new

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nph, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005

    I just checked istat pro and coconut battery and both show 14 cycles on my brand new rev B MBA. I have charged it twice only since I got it yesterday!
    Any idea how that can be?
    It was brand spanking new in the box from Amazon and I am happy to have screen 9C8F. Could me reinstalling the system have anything to do with it?
    Or the fact that the battery was completely dead when I started it?

    Not really concerned, just curious.

  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    my iphone had like 6hrs usage right out of the box soooo yea not that that explains anything lol
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I installed two fresh batteries in my wireless Mighty Mouse and iStat immediately read them as 89% full.
  4. genmic macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    This is normal. I once had a brand new MBP with 30 cycles on the battery already! Might have something to do with the amount of testing it has done it before it leaves the factory and is sealed. Just a thought.
  5. drjsway macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
  6. youssefm macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    Weird, I guess its testing.. mine came with 0 cycles
  7. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    Mines with that same screen model came with 1 cycle and now it has 2 :D with like 98% health since I haven't calibrated it yet :)

    I do not use the battery much!
  8. LKJR macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008

    Mine came with 8 cycles and only 95% battery health.
    After two calibrations I am at 90% health and it takes forever to charge.
    Might have to take it in...sigh...
  9. bened macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2008
    Mine had three cycles and started with 95 %. After one calibration it is at 92 %. Seems strange too me.
  10. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2009
    Any new MBA or indeed other MB/MBP should come with a battery with ZERO cycles. Anything else is not normal and a little bit dodgy. Most likely a refurb or return sold as 'new'.

    Percentage charge (unless wildly depleted) is fairly irrelevant as it is governed by software calibration.
  11. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2009
    No it isn't normal and your suggestion/excuse of 'testing' is not valid I'm afraid.
  12. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Mine, out of the box after 1 complete charge, showed 6 cycles.

    Brand new, sealed in box, manufacture date and warranty all show March 09.

    My first MBA (rev A) showed 2 cycles out of the box.

    I do not think this was any kind of refurb return... It is only weeks old.

    But I could be wrong.
  13. genmic macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    Well don't be afraid, just provide some evidence for what your saying. That seems logical doesn't it?

    But having cycles is definitely normal, I've had 5 MBP (1 classic, 4 unibody) and each one (except one) had cycles out of the box. So it would seem to me you really don't know what "normal" is.
  14. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2009
    Seems logical? Perhaps but exactly what evidence would you like? The word of a friend of mine who is ex-Apple/Hardware? Or my 10+ years of Mac laptop use with *touch wood* no similar battery issues and zero cycles out of the box every time. It's just my opinion based on my own experience - negligible as a source sample of course but there you go.

    Not sure why you've 'had' 4 UMBPs but seems there's lots of little niggly issues with those. Are you reading off the System Profiler/Power or some iStat or other widget? If they've all had cycles, my next question would be are they from the same source?
  15. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
    My brand new MB came from the Apple Store came with 1 battery cycle. Refurbished MBA ordered and shipped directly from Apple came with 3 battery cycles.
  16. genmic macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    I was asking for evidence supporting why having cycles out of the box "isn't normal and [my] suggestion/excuse of 'testing' is not valid".

    I always read off of System Profiler whenever I get a new system. Of course the source of the computers doesn't matter, but they came from Apple, two different stores, I exchanged 3 computers for build issues, flickering, superdrive malfunctions, and dead pixels.

    I figured you were just basing your opinion on battery cycles on personal experience, which is understandable, but you really should have just said "In my 10+ years of purchasing Apple laptops I haven't encountered any battery cycles" and left it at that.

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