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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: back in the gym.
Originally Posted by evil jose
My 1.5 year old MacBook is my first brand new laptop I've ever owned. My previous two were pretty used and battery life sucked. On the rare occasion that I use battery power I get between 3 to 4 hours of life if I'm just web browsing and have everything turned down for minimal power consumption.
My questions is how can I keep my battery maximized to keep this long battery life? Someone told me every month or so I should drain the battery completely and leave it dead over night and then fully charge it. Any truth to that?
I normally keep the battery fully charged wherever I go and rarely use the battery unless I have to. Does this hurt battery life? Should I periodically (more frequently than draining the battery completely down) use the battery and charge it back up even if I don't have to?
Finally question. What laptop do you use and how long does it normally work just using the battery?
I'd first recommend getting a small laptop stand that lifts it off your desk about an inch or so. That'll help out quite a bit because it'll keep the battery cooler. I'd also say to plug it in when you're down to 25% battery life or less. Don't keep it plugged in all the time, cause when you do the battery is constantly charging and staying hot. You can actually overcharge a battery. Letting it run all the way down once a week is a good idea too. We've got an old Powerbook G4 and we've only replaced the battery once since 2004. Currently my younger bro uses the laptop and he can go pretty much all day using it on and off without having to recharge it.
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