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Saturday, January 14, 2006

MacBook Pro Battery Life

So I did some investigating and got some good info. I asked a "Genius" at the Apple Store today about the estimated battery life would be on the new MacBook Pro. He said anywhere from 4-6 hours. Although, Macworld says: "Apple hasn’t given an official battery life rating to the new MacBook Pro, but told us it expects battery life to be similar to that of the current PowerBook line (which ranges from 4.5 to 5 hours). Apple says that the MacBook Pro’s new, thin lithium-polymer battery is state-of-the-art, and that the Core Duo chip that powers the MacBook pro is roughly comparable to the power consumption of a G4 chip, or slightly higher. The MacBook Pro also has a much brighter screen than previous models, and that screen may negatively effect its battery life as well." I would hope that you could get at least five hours. We will know for sure as soon as reviewers get there hands on them in February.

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The key to battery life is how you take care of the battery. I've two iBooks over the span of 5 years. Here's the deal:

Use the battery until it runs out. Don't use it a little bit, then recharge it back up a bit. Completely drain it until it goes to sleep by itself. Then plug it in and charge it back to 100%.

If you're going to use it while it's plugged into the wall, that's fine, just take the battery out. Never use it while you have the battery in and it's plugged into the wall. You'll kill the battery life, and in a year your battery will have a 45 minute capacity. My iBook still has 3-4 hours of life, and the battery is 2 years old.

So, just take good care of it!

Thanks for the tip. I also plan to get at least one or two extra batteries.

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