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byzantinefalcon 07-16-2013 09:47 PM

Battery
 
Picked up a copy of iStat Menu's, and it got me to thinking about my battery. Says it is currently at 91% health. For having the MacBook for right at 2 months, there is some concern at the loss of charge. I remembered I had similar issues with my Power Book as well, ended up having to replace the battery a year or so after getting it.

Should I be leaving it plugged in while using it, or am I better off discharging it (or nearly so) before plugging it in? Does it make a difference either way?

pigoo3 07-16-2013 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by byzantinefalcon (Post 1526625)
Should I be leaving it plugged in while using it, or am I better off discharging it (or nearly so) before plugging it in? Does it make a difference either way?

Rechargeable laptop batteries (like most rechargeable batteries) have a fixed number of charge/discharge cycles before they go kaput. So the more you use your laptop on battery power (and then obviously need to recharge it)...the faster the battery will be "used up".

Now I'm not saying that you should use your laptop plugged in 100% of the time...but use common sense. If you're sitting near an electrical outlet...plug in the computer. If you are not near an electrical outlet...then use your laptop on battery power.

- Nick

byzantinefalcon 07-18-2013 12:14 AM

Generally I am near outlets, so I have been leaving it plugged in, I was just wondering if that would cause issues vs letting it discharge.

pigoo3 07-18-2013 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by byzantinefalcon (Post 1526790)
Generally I am near outlets, so I have been leaving it plugged in, I was just wondering if that would cause issues vs letting it discharge.

Read the link "Battery" in my signature.

- Nick


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