Will iChat ruin my battery?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrmeister, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. mrmeister macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I have a 15" Macbook Pro late 2008 (look at the signature) and i use iChat to video people a lot - at least a couple of hours a day. Doing this drains my battery all the time. I'm just wondering if its ok for it or if there are other things i should be doing - should i video using the battery, drain it, then charge it or should i just video plugged in right from the start?
    Thanks
    mrmeister
     
  2. Jaimi macrumors regular

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    If you're near an outlet, keep it plugged in while you use it. Every time a battery is cycled (discharged/recharged), it loses a little bit of efficiency.
     
  3. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

    mgartner0622

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    It won't ruin your battery, it will just add charge cycles. You have a newer MBP, so it will last for quite a few charge cycles, which is usually longer than most people keep their machines.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    If you have access to an outlet, you can plug it in and run on AC power, if you want to save some battery cycles. However, running on battery won't hurt it at all. That's what it's designed for.
    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
     
  5. adnoh macrumors 6502a

    adnoh

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    using your mbp drains the battery. remember to calibrate regularly.
     
  6. AdamRock macrumors 6502a

    AdamRock

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    each mbp gets 1000 cycles, so it wont ruin your battery, it will just die sooner.
     

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