New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Macbook Air Battery Drain (Gen 1)


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
eeJays

 
Member Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posts: 3
eeJays is on a distinguished road

eeJays is offline
Hey guys,

Decided to join the Mac-Forums community after purchasing my first Macbook Air (Gen 1).

I've ran into one big problem which I need to solve before I start Uni. The current MacBook Air that I've purchased has a very very fast battery drain. On it's arrival I installed CoconutBattery, a useful piece of software which provides information on your battery's current condition.

Coconut battery indicated my battery's max capacity at 99% and has only had 9 battery cycles from its first use.

However the first time I charged it to 100%, and started using (without the power adapter) the battery, the percentage was literally dropping the minute. Say if it was on 95% it'd be down to about 75% in about 18-20 minutes - and all I was doing was surfing the web (no videos). I've got click2flash installed and all my settings on low in terms of lighting and what not.

I've recently purchased coolbook to reduce the heat of the macbook air - which it's currently sitting on 48C - 50C and fans spinning at about 2500RPM.

Nonetheless, the battery drain is exactly the same. Now my question is, if I was to purchase a new battery (which I've seen on youtube is quite easy to replace) would this make any difference what so ever or will it not do anything?

I need to get at least 3-4 hours of usage from the battery - with just using word documentation software and possibly web usage for Uni.

Thanks in advance guys!
QUOTE Thanks
eeJays

 
Member Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posts: 3
eeJays is on a distinguished road

eeJays is offline
Oh and also if it helps, it's a Macbook Air (Gen 1) 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo with the ATA 80GB.
QUOTE Thanks
IvanLasston

 
IvanLasston's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 26, 2010
Location: Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
Posts: 2,116
IvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to beholdIvanLasston is a splendid one to behold
Mac Specs: 1.8 GHz i7 MBA 11" OSX 10.8.2

IvanLasston is offline
Have you calibrated the battery yet?
Apple Portables: Calibrating your computer's battery for best performance
QUOTE Thanks
6string

 
Member Since: Sep 09, 2009
Location: Down Under :D
Posts: 5,484
6string is a splendid one to behold6string is a splendid one to behold6string is a splendid one to behold6string is a splendid one to behold6string is a splendid one to behold6string is a splendid one to behold6string is a splendid one to behold6string is a splendid one to behold
Mac Specs: Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)

6string is offline
Seeing that it has only 9 cycles, and is 3yrs old, I would say that the battery is not in the best of health.
In layman's terms, having only 9 cycles over 1095 days pretty much suggests that the battery's juices haven't been flowing for extended periods.
I would do as Ivan suggested and calibrate the battery.
QUOTE Thanks
eeJays

 
Member Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posts: 3
eeJays is on a distinguished road

eeJays is offline
Thanks for the quick responses.

I've actually calibrated the battery twice now, as my friends who've owned a Macbook of some sort have had the same problem - but they calibrated several times and it fixed the issue.

I am going to calibrate it one more time (third time now) and if the issue doesn't fix, I guess I will purchase a brand new battery and install it myself. I'm just hoping this is a battery problem and nothing else.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Macbook Pro Survived Coffee Spill, Should I Disassemble and Clean? | Mini Displayport to HDMI on MB 15" (April 2010) »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
New Macbook Air Rumours the8thark Apple Rumors and Reports 49 10-26-2010 08:08 PM
Macbook Air Battery Died...When Plugged In, All Settings Gone?? bswain06 OS X - Operating System 0 10-08-2008 03:24 PM
MacBook Air 2nd Gen? mj103 Apple Notebooks 4 06-09-2008 06:47 PM
MacBook impressions - trip to store kaidomac Schweb's Lounge 24 10-14-2007 01:45 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?