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
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

MacBook Battery Life


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Title27GT

 
Member Since: Jun 15, 2007
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 270
Title27GT can only hope to improve

Title27GT is offline
Anyone know what the battery life of a MacBook is on full charge just web browsing?
QUOTE Thanks
MinaMACMan

 
MinaMACMan's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 16, 2007
Location: Redwood City, CA / Stanford, CA
Posts: 1,792
MinaMACMan is a jewel in the roughMinaMACMan is a jewel in the roughMinaMACMan is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: MacBook, Black, 2.0GHz C2D, 2GB RAMs, 160GB HD

MinaMACMan is offline
Depends on whether u r talking wired or wireless!

but for me I get about 2.5 to 3 hrs on wireless.
QUOTE Thanks
Title27GT

 
Member Since: Jun 15, 2007
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 270
Title27GT can only hope to improve

Title27GT is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by MinaMACMan View Post
Depends on whether u r talking wired or wireless!

but for me I get about 2.5 to 3 hrs on wireless.
Wireless what? Internet?
QUOTE Thanks
MinaMACMan

 
MinaMACMan's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 16, 2007
Location: Redwood City, CA / Stanford, CA
Posts: 1,792
MinaMACMan is a jewel in the roughMinaMACMan is a jewel in the roughMinaMACMan is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: MacBook, Black, 2.0GHz C2D, 2GB RAMs, 160GB HD

MinaMACMan is offline
Ummm... yeah!
QUOTE Thanks
Netty4mac

 
Netty4mac's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 17, 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,584
Netty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to behold
Mac Specs: Macky the Macbook Pro 2.3Ghz i5 4GB Ram, Mr.Pink 16GB White iPhone 4

Netty4mac is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by MinaMACMan View Post
Depends on whether u r talking wired or wireless!

but for me I get about 2.5 to 3 hrs on wireless.
Same here. Doesn't Apple claim 6 hour battery life?

QUOTE Thanks
MinaMACMan

 
MinaMACMan's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 16, 2007
Location: Redwood City, CA / Stanford, CA
Posts: 1,792
MinaMACMan is a jewel in the roughMinaMACMan is a jewel in the roughMinaMACMan is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: MacBook, Black, 2.0GHz C2D, 2GB RAMs, 160GB HD

MinaMACMan is offline
Key Word is CLAIM
QUOTE Thanks
Netty4mac

 
Netty4mac's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 17, 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,584
Netty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to beholdNetty4mac is a splendid one to behold
Mac Specs: Macky the Macbook Pro 2.3Ghz i5 4GB Ram, Mr.Pink 16GB White iPhone 4

Netty4mac is offline
Nuts...

QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,801
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
6hrs maybe with wireless an BT turned off. i'm with Mina though, 2.5 - 3 hrs using the wireless.

Please participate in our Member of the Month polls. Every vote counts! And remember to use the user reputation system!
["Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." - Note by Homer Simpson]
QUOTE Thanks
pika2000

 
Member Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posts: 82
pika2000 will become famous soon enough

pika2000 is offline
1 major problem with the Macbook IMO is that there's no way to automatically set the brightness to a lower level when using battery power, something that is commonplace in PC laptops. So if you crank up the brightness when connected to the AC adaptor, don't forget to crank it back down when on battery power. I can notice the estimated hour left increases quite a bit when I decrease the brightness on my Macbook. With wifi and BT on, I get around 3 hours battery life. With BT off, low brightness, wifi on, speaker off, I sometimes see the estimated battery life being 5 hours.
QUOTE Thanks
dyinginavan

 
Member Since: May 09, 2007
Posts: 85
dyinginavan will become famous soon enough

dyinginavan is offline
I get 4 hours out of mineeeee. Which is the best battery life on a laptop I've ever had (coming from moi, the owner of an ancient HP Pavillion that ran down from 100% to 5% in 50 minutes, pfft).

-Donna.
QUOTE Thanks
pika2000

 
Member Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posts: 82
pika2000 will become famous soon enough

pika2000 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by dyinginavan View Post
I get 4 hours out of mineeeee. Which is the best battery life on a laptop I've ever had (coming from moi, the owner of an ancient HP Pavillion that ran down from 100% to 5% in 50 minutes, pfft).
You're right. 3 hours doesn't sound great, but many PC laptops don't fare much better either (exception is Sony TX series). However, some PC laptops can be configured to accept a second battery in the drive bay (usually sacrificing the optical drive), boosting battery life into a more desirable number. Alas Apple's design team doesn't seem to think like that.
QUOTE Thanks
shahvikram123

 
shahvikram123's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 16, 2006
Location: UK, London
Posts: 632
shahvikram123 will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: Macbook: 2GHZ Intel C2D, 2 Gig Ram, 80 GB HD. Mac Mini: Intel C2D 2GHZ, 2 gig ram, 120gb HD

shahvikram123 is offline
You can configure your macbook so that when your using your battery the brightness is turned down. Go to system preferences, energy savings select battery, select options and then just check the option for reduce the brightness of this built in display when using this power souce.

For me, I get about 4.5 - 5.5 hrs of battery life when I'm just surfing the internet with my bluetooth turned off and maybe something like itunes, mail, stickies and neooffice open...
QUOTE Thanks
knightlie

 
knightlie's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 22, 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 1,463
knightlie is just really niceknightlie is just really niceknightlie is just really niceknightlie is just really nice
Mac Specs: Lenovo Z560 Hackintosh -:- '06 iMac -:- iPod Touch 2ndGen

knightlie is offline
I've had over 4 hours without using wireless, but I think that's reduced slightly. I leave it in sleep mode when I'm not using it which uses battery.

The most I've ever had was about 4.5 hours.

[URL="http://beadia.net"]Beadia[/URL - Jewelry Business Management Software]
I judge you when you use poor grammar.
QUOTE Thanks
wytwolf

 
wytwolf's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 09, 2006
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 358
wytwolf will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: 2.2Ghz i7 Late 2011 MBP: 16GB Ram 500GB Seagate XT HD

wytwolf is offline
With mine i get about 3.5-4 hours. I have my screen to dim automatically when on battery, but usually just lower the brightness myself also to increase the battery life. With auto dim i get about 3:15 with my brightness set to about 1/3 of full i can get over 4 hours. So i would say with my airport off and my screen dimmed as low as i can get it then i could get close to 6 hours.
QUOTE Thanks
pirate pete

 
Member Since: Oct 05, 2006
Posts: 57
pirate pete is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 3G Black Macbook 2.16ghz, 2gb, 160gb

pirate pete is offline
im confident that my 3rd generation blackbook would get 6 hours if i turned screen brightness down and only word processed or web browsed

i get about 4 hours easily out of it when using heavy applications....mostly having google earth, adium, itunes, safari, ical, mail all open for that whole period

im quite worried about plugging it back into the mains when its not complete flat though.....

is it healthy to plug a 40% macbook battery into the mains?

ive always been cautious with stuff like my MX1000 battery, are macbooks the same?
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Out of the box... | External Speakers? »
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
Macbook Battery shahvikram123 Apple Notebooks 1 05-27-2007 09:56 AM
Macbook battery dumped it's charge overnight...+ other 'issues' ? reefer110 Apple Notebooks 4 03-18-2007 12:52 PM
Macbook battery fragged3d Switcher Hangout 1 03-07-2007 06:24 PM
Firefox take up more battery life? todd51 Switcher Hangout 5 01-16-2007 01:33 PM
Battery Life.. what a rip off. iFX Switcher Hangout 15 06-07-2005 03:18 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:57 AM.

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?