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    is it damaging to leave the power adapter plugged in at all times?
    i was just wondering if it was ok if i left my macbook plugged in rather than taking it out and charging it up all the time?

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    yes its fine. try to use the battery every once in a while though
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    sweet thanks!!!

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    it's good to cycle your battery every know and then

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    You should not keep any kind of laptop plugged in all the time. That is because if you keep it in all the time, your computers' battery will blow since it never gets to work on its own.
    I say you should probably keep your computer plugged in until it is fully charged, then when it is done charging, just keep it unplugged until around 10% is left.

    Good Luck!

    Hope I could help!

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    I use my MBP during the day at school. When I'm using it at my desk at home and there is a full battery, I take the battery out (leaving the MB plugged in). This just keeps the heat from the laptop being transferred to the battery than can shorten it's life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EuphLlama View Post
    I use my MBP during the day at school. When I'm using it at my desk at home and there is a full battery, I take the battery out (leaving the MB plugged in). This just keeps the heat from the laptop being transferred to the battery than can shorten it's life.
    take a look at your max cpu speed when you remove the battery. it should go down.

    thats one reason i leave my battery installed. i had a macbook 1.83, that when battery was out, highest it would go was 1.00ghz
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    As long as you let the battery discharge completely once a month then it shouldn't matter if you keep it plugged in or not.
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    My MBP is now 12 1/2 months old. I use mine as a desktop replacement. It is basically plugged into AC power at all times and is in use at least 4 and up to 12 hrs a day. The battery has never been removed. Once in a while I'll take it into another room or sit outside on battery power.

    According to coconutBattery, the battery is 14 months old, it's been thru 5 loadcycles, and still is at 89% of original capacity.
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    Sorry, posted in wrong place.

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    when i know that i will be using for a long time, i take the battery out and just run on AC Power

    however, if i know i will want to move the laptop around, then battery's on for sure..

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    sweeet thanks so much guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghz112295 View Post
    You should not keep any kind of laptop plugged in all the time. That is because if you keep it in all the time, your computers' battery will blow since it never gets to work on its own.
    I say you should probably keep your computer plugged in until it is fully charged, then when it is done charging, just keep it unplugged until around 10% is left.

    Good Luck!

    Hope I could help!
    That seems like a lot of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    edited reprint, and you may want to check out this thread

    My MBP is now 12 1/2 months old. I use mine as a desktop replacement. It is basically plugged into AC power at all times and is in use at least 4 and up to 12 hrs a day. The battery has never been removed. Once in a while I'll take it into another room or sit outside on battery power.

    According to coconutBattery, the battery is 14 months old, it's been thru 5 loadcycles, and still is at 89% of original capacity.
    year and a half 11 cycles and i have done the same as you stays plugged in
    unless i go to another room then i'm on battery the longest being 2hr.

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