Where does the MBA 11" vent from?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Punkwaffle, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Punkwaffle macrumors regular

    Punkwaffle

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    Just wondering. i plan on using it clamshell style sometime soon and plugging into an external monitor. I've had a very bad experience with my last Macbook. Used it as a desktop system most of the time and one day I go to take it on a trip and the battery is bulging.

    Also, what is the best way to power it. I've already conditioned the battery and was wondering if I should let it run down most or all of the way before i plug it in, plug it in whenever, or leave it plugged in as much as possible.

    Thanks.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Does not matter. Use it according to your requirements, not artificial concern about the power source.
     
  3. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    Heat escapes thru the vents and also thru the body of the machine.

    As for the battery, I treat mine like I would fill my gas tank.

    Never let it get below 50% if you plan on going anywhere.
     
  4. namtaB macrumors regular

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    I try to keep mine plugged in as much as possible. You only have a certain amount of charge cycles and I like to be as judicious as possible with them.
     
  5. firewood macrumors 604

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    There's a vent under the back hinge. Plus the keyboard lets some air in, even in clamshell mode.

    Keep it plugged in all the time, but unplug it to run down the battery somewhere between once a month and a couple times a year, if your normal use at the coffee shop (et.al.) or on trips doesn't do that for you already.
     
  6. jace88 macrumors regular

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    Vent under the back hinge? Really? *needs to look for it*
     
  7. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

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    Way to screw your battery :D
     
  8. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    no u dont want to kill your battery do u?
     
  9. great high wolf macrumors regular

    great high wolf

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    Yes. 1000. That's 5000 hours of battery usage, or 208 full days. Give it a run off the leash once in a while. ;)
     
  10. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    All one has to do is go to Apple.com and they have battery info there.
     
  11. impulse462 Suspended

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    The aluminum unibody acts as a heat sink which allows the Air to dissipate heat. As a result, the computer will feel hotter than it /really/ is. There is also a vent at the bottom of the screen (near that black border).

    As for battery usage, as long as you run down the battery once a month, giving you 12 cycles per year in a conservative use, I think leaving it plugged in is completely fine. That's what I do, and I get 7-8 hours in text edit, and anywhere between 5-7 hours during light web browsing.
     
  12. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

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    From:
    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html

    "Apple does not recommend leaving your portable plugged in all the time."
     

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