Which one of your laptops have the best battery life?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JHNguyen, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. JHNguyen macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Which one of your laptops that you still use often has the most battery life?

    I have a C2D MBP, ibook G4, and a Toshiba laptop. For me, the ibook G4 last the longest.. about twice as much as the Toshiba and MBP. I bought the MBP hoping to replace my ibook G4.. but, even though everything runs soo much smoother on it, the battery life is crap.
  2. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    I've had 2 Sonys and 1 HP all of which are retired but they all got about 45 minutes out of the box. My MacBook gets 4 hours.
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    The portables I've had:

    12" 1.33GHz PowerBook G4
    12" 1.33GHz iBook G4
    13" 2.0GHz C2D MacBook

    Nuffin' can come close to the battery life of that iBook. Just, unbelievable.
  4. JHNguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    May I ask how it compares to that macbook? I've been looking for a new portable with decent battery life.
  5. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    I had a Toshiba for a couple days. Longest battery life. 1 hour. It was the reason I returned it. I am getting over 4 hours on my Black Macbook.
  6. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    G3 iBook showed 5h+ even when I bought it secondhand with 70 cycles.

    17" Gateway showed 5h+ with processor throttled to 1ghz and screen dimmed.

    15" Gateway under similar conditions showed up to 7h+.

    Macbook doesn't come close to any of these.
  7. Scorch07 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2007
    I haven't tested it, but doing basic web surfing (so pretty much just Firefox running, along with Wi-Fi, my MBP is estimating 4:30, whereas my old HP would have been extremely lucky to get 2 just sitting on the desktop with Wireless everything off and brightness all the way down.
  8. Justinerator macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Redondo Beach, CA
    I'm pretty satisfied with my 2.16 mbp. I get on average about 4:30 to 5 hours with wifi on, bluetooth off, after 97 cycles! gotta love apple :D
  9. SoLibertyDies macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2006
    Spanaway, Wa
    my clamshell has a solid 5 hours, that's better than anything I've ever had. the DualUSB G3 ibook has a nice 3.5 average (when it's working)

    And alas my MBP has a nice 2.5 tops.
  10. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I was getting 4-4.5 hrs on my MB. Hope the MBA gets around the same.
  11. Chef Medeski macrumors 6502a

    Chef Medeski

    Jun 14, 2005
    New York, NY
    In descending order:

    iBook 12"
    PB 12"
    MBP 15"

    Way down here.
    GIGANTA HUGE HP my brother has.

    Way down here, this slightly slimmer HP my Aunt has. It gets like half an hour, 45 minutes top.
  12. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    I get about 4-4:30 hours with my MBP 2.2. It's pretty good, I never bring a power adapter to school because I almost always have enough juice to last through all my classes. The only problem is my battery health is going downhill fast lol.
  13. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    So all of you who posted your battery life claims, do you get them from the battery menu? Or do you actually time it using a real watch/system time etc...

    What I mean to say is [Example]

    "I get 5 hours of battery because..."

    a) The battery menu says I have 5:11 left
    B) I've been running on battery since 1:00pm and its now past 6 o clock.

    just wonderin'
  14. Justinerator macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Redondo Beach, CA
    b for me! ;)
  15. JHNguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Well, I just started using my ibook G4 more often. And when I was using it back in the day, I was able to get 4-6 hrs.

    Today, I took it to school and it said 2:30. Though, I didn't have a long enough chance to actually test it out. It just said that in the bar. (with wifi on) :(

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