What should I do as far as charging the MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Shadow Zujed, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Shadow Zujed macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2010
    I mean, the thing seemed to lose battery quickly after I got it. Is it better to just leave it plugged in when I am using it, or even away from it?

    How about when I play Starcraft 2? Should I leave it plugged in while playing? Or will leaving it plugged in all the time be bad for it?

    I just want to do whatever is better for the battery. Any advice?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2007
    I leave mine plugged in whenever I am sitting on my desk. I use it a lot without AC plugged in and I just put the AC back on when I need to charge.

    Don't really have any OCD with batteries.

    Basically I charge it when it needs to.
  3. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    See http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html


    Standard Maintenance
    For proper maintenance of a lithium-based battery, it’s important to keep the electrons in it moving occasionally. Apple does not recommend leaving your portable plugged in all the time. An ideal use would be a commuter who uses her MacBook Pro on the train, then plugs it in at the office to charge. This keeps the battery juices flowing. If on the other hand, you use a desktop computer at work, and save a notebook for infrequent travel, Apple recommends charging and discharging its battery at least once per month. Need a reminder? Add an event to your desktop’s iCal.

    I'm one of the occasional use people. Some months, I'll put 1 charge cycle on for the whole month. Others, I'll put 2-3 (heavy use) a day on my battery.
    I've been this way since I got my computer a year and a month ago, and it has 185 Charge cycles and 98% health currently.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  5. Shadow Zujed thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Thanks for all the responses. I guess I should have looked harder for a FAQ. Thanks!
  6. curlefry macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2010
    GA, USA
    If you didn't calibrate soon after you bought your MBP or don't do so about every month, you should notice good results from calibrating.
  7. Shadow Zujed thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2010
    ^ I just got it today, so I guess I should calibrate it.

    Um, so I am about ready to go to bed. I just want to double check and make sure it is fine if I leave the computer in sleep mode with it plugged into the wall. Won't hurt it right? I did see it in the FAQ, just wanting to make sure. ;)
  8. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    You're good. :)
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It won't hurt it at all.
  10. Shadow Zujed thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Lol thanks just checking. This think feels so delicate. Like a small child. :)
  11. KirkL macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    People treat it like a small child too :) "ZOMG MY MBP HAS A TINY SCRATCH THAT YOU CAN ONLY SEE WITH 10X MAGNIFICATION"
  12. SPX macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    How about this -- Don't worry about the battery. If your laptop battery runs low, charge it. If you're at a desk and it's convenient to have it plugged in, then plug it in. If you want to use the laptop away from power, be sure it's charged and go use it without power.

    All the worrying about battery life is overrated.. enjoy the computer and when the battery no longer has the life that you want out of it, have it replaced.
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    In my experience if you take care of the battery only the first few full charges, then afterwards I don't think it matters.
  14. CisternaChyli macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2008
    i accidently hit the corner of one of the walls in my room at home with the side of my 07 MBP...nothing happened...thing is built tough.

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