Whats your best battery life?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by hugemullens, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. hugemullens macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2002
    I just got 4 hours and 10 minutes out of my powerbook, screen on next to lowest brightness, nothing but safari open and itunes (browsing music not playing). I was quite impressed. i usually get about 3 hours and 20 minutes with my messengers and safari, mid brightness, and what ever else i feel like.
  2. ibookin' macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I usually get about 4 hours of use on my iBook 800. I don't really optimize for battery life except turn down the brightness. This is usually with Airport on.

    PC users are really impressed by my battery life. My ancient Toshiba laptop gets 1.5 hours max, but it's over 5 years old (I think, had it given to me).
  3. jaguarx macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2003
    About 3:30 to 4 on average out of the PB, i've got about 4:45 with very low brightness and stuff.
  4. Alte22a macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    back in London
    PB 15" 1GHz

    Think I get about 3and half hours out of mine when I am on the go. Just listen to iTunes, write emails while I'm on the train or something or in a coffee shop. Its pretty hard working on the track pad, doing serious work:cool:
  5. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    under 40 minutes. now the battery drops to 0 % even in 94 % (mostly around 80 - 85 % ) and is "full" 100 % suddenly at 20 % ... but getting a new battery this week.

    the battery behaviour now looks like this :eek:
  6. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    When I purchased my revB I tang, using max power savings, no CD, no scratch, and using M$ Office and the text-to-speech engines, I once got an uninterrupted 9 hours, and on the average 5.

    Now, I get 2 on my primary battery, and 3.5 on my ancillary batteries.
  7. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL
  8. Pismo macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2002
    I get about .000002 seconds of battery life. My PowerBook was dropped and a few things were messed up. Therefore, my battery can't hold a charge and my screen gets messed up sometimes if I move it a certain way and it'll freeze my laptop. Time for a new PowerBook I suppose:)
  9. Wano macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2002
    It was nice, last night when I was using my 17" Powerbook, it was fully charged and it said 3h11min. Then a few minutes later it dropped to 2h45min. So, I turned airport card off, set the energy saver to most battery life, and turned my screen all the way down to the next to last setting. I looked at the battery time and litterally, every minute instead of dropping it went up a minute. So, in the use of 40min it went to 3h25min and was at 91% charged.

    So, I am guessing if I kept using it I could have got about 4hours out of it.
  10. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    It blows my mind that using Airport and normal apps I can get 3 hours of life on my TiBook.... So i have never tried for more. ;)

    <Still a starry eyed switcher....>
  11. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    667 TiBook, Rev. C

    usually get around 3.5 hours with iTunes playing and a few other apps open. i think the most i've got is 4hrs 20min... that's still pretty good. :)
  12. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    With my iBook 466 I've had my battery drain completely through the high performance level, with some intensive Photoshop work and iTunes. I got about 3 hours.
  13. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    my ibook new out of the box in 1999 got just over four hours on a single charge

    the pc laptop i use of the same vintage, compaq presario, got under two hours new and within a year the battery died completely...but it was one of those awful NiMH cells while the ibook uses a LiIon battery which lasts longer

    but soon, if possible, i need another battery since a single charge on the ibook now gives me two hours at most
  14. lmalave macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2002
    Chinatown NYC
    I get about 4 hours at full brightness, running AirPort (based on the fact that when I take it to my 3 hour night classes, it lasts for the whole class and is down to about 25% at the end).
  15. acj macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2003

    How long can you play DVD's? Nothing else, just turn on, play DVD. This always seems to use lots of power, for some reason.

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