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    Mbp Battery Life

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    Mbp Battery Life
    why does the MBP battery life suck so bad????

    have there been any updates or new battery life options made available in the past few months? or do we just have to deal with a short battery life span for this machine?

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    Mbp Battery Life

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    I wouldn't say the battery life sucks. Mine ran for about 4 hours yesterday on battery. I have no complaints yet.
    -13.3 Macbook Pro Retina / 64GB iP5 / 16GB iPad Mini

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    Well, how long does yours last?

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    I get 3.5 to 4 hours out of mine - pretty decent for a laptop.

    BTW, this would get a better set of responses if it was posted in the "Apple Notebooks" sub forum of Mac Forums vs. here. Perhaps a kind moderator would move it for you...
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    Way... way too many specs to list.
    ~4hours is over twice the time I get on my 'extended' battery in my thinkpad.
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    yeah I have never mad a laptop before the MBP to run this long....not even close...
    Loving my MBP more and more everyday

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    Mbp Battery Life

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    My old IBM thinkpad with a new battery would get 3.5 max, so getting over 4 consistently while web browsing and downloading etc is awesome.

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    Mbp Battery Life

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    perhaps i should look into this further.

    i get nowhere near 4 hours on mine. i purchased this new in January. i'd say i get roughly 2hours at the most.

    any ideas on troubleshooting this?

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    it'll depend on what your power settings are and what you're doing.
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    On my year old MBP I ran it on battery power while the keynote was happening and mine lasted 3 hours. I had the display up all the way. My battery only has ten cycles on it. I guess I should calibrate it, I never have in this year at all.
    20" iMac aluminum
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    ok...
    apologies for the newb question, but where i can adjust or look at my battery power settings on my MBP? what should it be set at? i use my computer for audio editing.

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    i get 3-4 hours easy, and i was listening to music for the majority of that time,

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitetar View Post
    ok...
    apologies for the newb question, but where i can adjust or look at my battery power settings on my MBP? what should it be set at? i use my computer for audio editing.
    Click on the battery icon on the menu bar or go to System Preferences> Power Saver. If you want better battery life then chose the better battery life option.

    And it pays to check these things out before you start slating it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitetar View Post
    why does the MBP battery life suck so bad????

    have there been any updates or new battery life options made available in the past few months? or do we just have to deal with a short battery life span for this machine?
    well this all depends on what and where is your laptop for the most being?

    1. Do you have it plugged in all the time?
    If so, unplug it, let it die out then re-charged it.

    *Never let it charge over 100%*

    This is "exercise" your battery, increasing your battery life.

    Cheers.

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    I have found the macbook pro's battery life to be adequate. its about the same as my older macbook.

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