Why is my battery charge dropping so fast?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tkiss, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. tkiss macrumors regular

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    It went from 90 to 70 percent in like 25 mins. I have wifi on, bluetooth off, LED one from max, but should it still be dropping that fast?
     
  2. bananabar macrumors regular

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  3. tkiss thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh yeah. sorry. it is a brand new 2.0 macbook
     
  4. idavid84 macrumors newbie

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    Join the club. I cant wait to see how long this thing last me out of the house. Currently I really only have it off the charger about an hour a day.
     
  5. bananabar macrumors regular

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    Then no, not normal.

    And change your signature!
     
  6. brettinlj macrumors member

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    My battery dies a lot sooner than the advertised 5 hours, but I'm attributing that to the fact that these first few days I've been transferring may Gigs of data from my old PC while trying out cool stuff I couldn't do before like watching HD content on Hulu, etc...

    The true test will be when I start using as I "normally" would.
     
  7. HoldFastHope macrumors 6502

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    Have you calibrated the battery yet? You shouldn't need to if it's new, but it's always good to do just in case.
     
  8. tkiss thread starter macrumors regular

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    what does that do? and how do i do it?
     
  9. HoldFastHope macrumors 6502

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    Make sure to follow the instructions for the newer models.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490
     
  10. tkiss thread starter macrumors regular

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    what does that do? and how do i do it?
     
  11. dnguyen macrumors regular

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    i'm getting about 3.5 hours max on my 2.0ghz new macbook, doing basic stuff like browing firefox, adium, and using word. This is with wifi on, bluetooth off, and 1 bar screen brightness.

    I've posted this before, but people said it was normal?? my 3 year old ibook g4 has better battery life than this..

    What do you think, what is everyones settings, apps, and battery life?
     
  12. dannn macrumors regular

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    sounds pretty decent
    but definitely not as good as what everyone else is claiming
     
  13. HoldFastHope macrumors 6502

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    See my post above, there's a link and info there.

    I seem to remember Apple claiming the iPhone 3G had normal battery life too, I'm kinda used to it now :)
     
  14. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I got 5 hours on my first charge but after calibration I am getting 2 1/2 :mad:
     
  15. dcorban macrumors 6502a

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    I also have the new 2.0Ghz MacBook and the battery life is very clearly much less than my 2007 2.2Ghz MacBook. I used to be surprised when the battery was low on that thing. With the new one, I get maybe 3 or so hours before I need a charge.
     
  16. det2004 macrumors 6502

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    I haven't actually timed my battery life yet, but it seems noticeably shorter than my previous generation macbook.
     

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