What is a battery cycle?

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    One full discharge and recharge of the battery or 100X 1% discharges/recharges or any combination like that. So if you use 20% of your battery and then recharge to full and do that 5 times, that's one cycle.
     
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    A complete discharge followed by a complete charge of a battery.
     
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    A battery cycle is one full discharge and recharge of the battery.

    For example, going from 100% to 0%, and back to 100% again is a cycle.
     
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    Lithium Ion batteries have a life expectancy of about 500 cycles. They can start dying after 300.
     
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    It's not good or bad. It's just normal. Every time you recharge the battery, you add a cycle to it. All rechargeable batteries, regardless if it's a laptop, camera, iPod, etc. have cycles.

    Batteries will eventually die though. That being said, your Mac's battery cycle will usually have several hundred cycles before it dies.
     
  8. JavaWizKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought you help them live longer if you fully charge then discharge. Is that a lie?
     
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    There are some people out there that could argue either side. If you charge your battery to full, discharge it to 50%, charge it back up, then discharge it back to 50%, I think that's a cycle because it has been discharged 100%. Correct me if I am wrong.
     
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    They do need to keep active. Even a battery with one cycle will die over time if its not used. Just use your battery normally and forget about it.
     
  11. JavaWizKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My MBP has 75 cycles and its almost a year old. Would you say that is good? It says the condition is good.
     
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    The is fine. Like I said, don't get fixated on cycle counts, just use your laptop like a portable and recalibrate once in a while.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86284
     
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    If your computer is a year old and you have 75 cycles on the battery, then logically speaking you should get at least another 3 years out of that battery. Don't worry about it. Batteries can be replaced if you don't sell the computer before then!
     
  14. gelatin macrumors 6502

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    i always knew i had a ridiculously high cycle count but a about 15 months since i bought it ive had 720 cycles and 88% of its life remaining.
    what point should i get a new battery? its been feeling like its draining quicker recently
     
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    Wow that is ridiculously high. Apple (under battery life span) says "a properly maintained battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 300 full charge and discharge cycles." So I say you are doing pretty well. Just get a new battery whenever you feel like the battery lifespan does not meet your needs anymore. This page covers battery replacements. You can buy them directly from the apple store.
     
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    whats the original capacity for a 17 inch MBP?
    mines at 5530 mah now
     

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