Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Nov 20, 2007
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    14
    Specs:
    2.2ghz Macbook w/ 2GB Ram, 160GB HD...2GB iPod Nano...30GB iPod Video
    Battery Preservation
    Hey all,

    Im a recent switcher from PC, and so far I love everything about my macbook. Typically my macbook sits on my desk at home, and because of this, it stays plugged in. I have heard mixed comments about this. Some say it is best to leave it plugged in, others say let it drain, then recharge it, while the third group says to remove the battery entirely!

    I dont want to remove the battery, so scratch that one off the list. What is the best practice to keep the battery in optimal condition?

    I also read that the calibration technique http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86284

    Is actually harmful to the battery life. It is used for the memory chip in the laptop to correctly report the remaining amount of battery life. Is this true?

    As you can probably tell, I'm a little overwhelmed with this, as I mentioned I love the macbook, just dont want to ruin the battery!

    All help/suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanks

  2. #2


    Member Since
    Apr 28, 2006
    Posts
    2,542
    Specs:
    iMac Core Duo 20", iBook G4, iPhone 8GB :)
    I just do what I feel like doing and my battery is fine. Just a little performance decrease since two years ago when I bought my iBook.

  3. #3

    mac747's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 02, 2006
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    385
    Specs:
    2.2GHZ Macbook Pro - 4GB RAM - 500GB HD
    I typically don't plug it in after being used if its hot. I'll shut it down, let it sit on my desk for a few hours, then plug it in to recharge it. My battery shows 6+ hours (which is really like 3+). So I guess it could stand to be calibrated.

    T

  4. #4


    Member Since
    May 15, 2007
    Location
    Wales, UK
    Posts
    470
    Specs:
    Black macbook 2.16ghz 2GB Ram 160GB hdd | 8Gb Ipod Nano
    when the macbooks battery reaches 100% when connected to the AC the macbook will stop charging the battery so there is no worrie about leaving it plugged in. When im home i always just plug my macbook in

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4,744
    Specs:
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    A quick summary of the ways you can damage your battery:
    1. Using it
    2. Not using it
    3. High temperatures
    4. Low temperatures

    In short, your battery will not last forever. New ones are about $130. Expect to buy one sometime in the next three to four years. In the meantime, don't sweat it.

    http://www.apple.com/batteries/

  6. #6

    Neo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 14, 2007
    Posts
    557
    Specs:
    white MB 2.16GHz 3GB 320GB 10.6.1
    Nice summary, technologist!

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Nov 20, 2007
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    14
    Specs:
    2.2ghz Macbook w/ 2GB Ram, 160GB HD...2GB iPod Nano...30GB iPod Video
    Yeah thanks technologist. That is the answer I was looking for
    I'll just go back to enjoying my mac

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Display battery apple magic mouse battery level in menu bar?
    By MacBookPro2011 in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-14-2011, 03:48 AM
  2. hard drive preservation
    By matteleven in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-27-2009, 03:12 PM
  3. Best preservation for battery
    By Nitroblaze in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-17-2008, 11:11 AM
  4. battery preservation
    By apcrist in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-08-2007, 09:11 PM
  5. Battery preservation
    By spudd4242 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-08-2007, 06:02 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •