MacBook :: Full Cycle Battery Usage Vs AC Plugged In

Feb 5, 2009

I had some issues with battery drain while sleeping awhile ago but that problem has been solved. However, ever since that incident I could not be paranoid about the battery life etc.I heard people saying that leaving the charger plugged in is simply fine as long as I do the regular calibration once or twice a month or so. Yet, Apple stated that they do not recommend the laptops to be plugged in. I will be going to a college this Sept and I really do want my laptop to last at least the whole 4 years.

Ever since I have contacted Apple customer service about this Battery issue I have left my Macbook charged up and plugged in while using and letting it sleep. One thing I have noticed is that the battery indicator says 99% and doesn't increase or decrease yet the green light is on. Is that normal? Since this is my first Mac ever and also first Laptop I would like some advice on how to treat the Battery( I know how to do Calibration and such). Is it better to do full cycle usage of Alum Macbook battery than leaving it plugged in all the time? (I unplug it when the Macbook is off).

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MacBook Pro :: Battery - Should Keep It Plugged In When Its Full Or Should Let It Drain

Jun 22, 2009

I looked around and I find varying opinions. My laptop is mostly at home. Should I keep it plugged in when its full or should I let it drain? Please explain too.

Also, coconutBattery says I've used five cycles even though none of those were complete cycles. Is it just problems with the software or does it really count as a complete cycle?

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Oct 17, 2009

I use my MBP 15" (the new one), as my primary machine in my office. I sit by my best usually 10-12hrs a day working on it.

I am trying to figure out what is best to do, keep the AC plugged in or have it un-plugged and only plug it in when the battery is drained (or less then 50%)? I have tried different experiments, plugged in, not-plugged and time is about the same for life of the battery. The true question is, how is is best to do it for the health of the battery.

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Apr 26, 2010

i have a 13" mbp with 130 cycles an i use it extensively.its been about 6 months since i bought it and i noticed tht apple will cover my battery in warranty fr one year only if it has less than 300 cycles on it.

my problem is tht i typically use my laptop fr no longer than 4 hours at a time. which means i recharge the battery jus before the battery meter hits red an counts 1 cycle as complete.thts why i got less number of cycles on the battery

cn i continue doing this without any adverse effects to my battery and its life ??

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MacBook Air :: Replaced Battery - Only One Cycle Available

Jun 25, 2009

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MacBook :: How To Reset Cycle Count For New Battery

Sep 18, 2010

The title says it all. I have a new battery in my 2007 MacBook, but my computer still says it's at 237 cycles. Is there a way to reset the cycle count? It does say, however, the battery is at 100% health.

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MacBook Pro :: How To Check Battery Load Cycle?

Oct 25, 2010

I have searched countless threads about battery health but I feel that each individuals battery health situation is so unique due to the numerous fluctuations.

I have a 2010 13" MBP with battery health of 92%. Load cycle: 13. and Age of 4 months( but i got it 2 months ago)

Should I be concerned with the battery health at this point?

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MacBook Pro :: Battery Cycle Switches Over After 85 Percent

Oct 5, 2009

I noticed that my battery cycle (according to istat) switches over at 15%. So as son as it switches over to the next cycle I plug in the adapter to make the battery run a cycle from 100%-0.(I know the cycle in 100%) But it still switches over at 15%, that means that the battery ran only 85% of its capacity. How can that be? Is it possible to reset (delete) battery cycle data?

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Jan 8, 2010

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Jun 12, 2012

I bought a MacBook Pro 3 months ago, despite in the first charge I follow the instructions of the store. The problem is that my battery doesn´t complete the cycle of charge, if I disconnect my computer and the value of the battery decrease at 95% 96% 97% 98% or 99% and I plug again the charger to the MacBook Pro, the battery doesn´t charge at 100%. I followed all the instructions of synchronization but the battery remains the same.

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MacBook Air :: Cycle Count On Battery Rapidly Increasing

Mar 26, 2008

So first off, I absolutely love my MBA. Now that we have that out of the way. Since day 1 I've noticed that the cycle count on the battery seems to be climbing MUCH faster than it should.

- I've had the machine 51 days. I was out of the country without it for 9 days so really, I've had it for 42 days.
- According to iStat and System Profiler my battery's cycle count is 37
- According to System Profiler my battery's health is "Good"
- According to iStat my battery's health is at 98% (It started around 96%, has been as low as 94% but seems to have settled in at 97 or 98% for some time now)
- According to system profiler my maximum charge is 5006 mAh. (It's also gone up a bit since the machine was new).

I thought the definition of a cycle was the equivalent of 100% depletion of the battery -- whether that's one long unplugged stint that sucks it dry or 10 really short ones. A cycle is the same as using ~5000 mAh of battery power. I've been really good about keeping it plugged in while I work (the outlet is conveniently located). I've run the battery most the way down maybe 5 times. I do, however, run it down 10 or 20% almost every day as the machine travels with me in sleep mode or spends the night unplugged in sleep mode at my girlfriend's place).

I haven't done any careful testing but it seems though that if I run the battery down just 20% or 30% or so and then charge it all the way back up the cycle count increases by 1. Considering I've only used it for 42 days, and the cycle count is already at 37, I'm worried that it will hit 200 cycles by the time it's 8 or 10 months old. Isn't the point where battery performance starts to wane? Anyone else out there notice a rapidly climbing cycle count?

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MacBook Pro :: Older C2D Battery - Cycle Count Pretty Low

Aug 10, 2010

i have an older C2D MBP on its second battery. I don't normally use it on battery power so my cycle count is pretty low. I have attached images. It is telling me to service my battery. Should i be getting a new one? if so, how are the NuPower batteries @ OWC?

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MacBook :: Late 2006 Battery Need Replace At 103 Cycle?

May 22, 2012

I have my Macbook late-2006 and suddenly the battery do not charge at cycle 103. I tried to talk to guys at Apple Store but the only thing they can do is to sell me a new battery. In fact, the battery was in recall before 2009 but I was not be able to send it back at that time. If the battery die only at cycle 103, is this normal?

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OS X :: Exact Info About Battery Cycle?

May 17, 2009

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Applications :: Measuring Uptime On 1 Battery Cycle

May 5, 2010

Is there such an application built in mac os x or a downloadable? I already have coconutbattery, but that does not give me the uptime numbers. I know there is one in istat, but it keeps going on if the computer goes to sleep.

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OS X :: Battery Recognized - Charging - 0 MAh Capacity And 0 Cycle Count

Oct 5, 2010

I got rained on and my macbook got soaked. I dried out my macbook in an airtight container with some special salt for a few days, and luckily got rid of most of the water issues with my monitor. Unfortunately, my battery or logic board seems to have not been so lucky. My macbook is a one and a half year old 13" unibody, and now won't turn/stay powered on unless it's plugged in. For the first 15 minutes I've plugged in the magsafe charger, the battery is recognized. It says it's charging but stays at 0% (I then get the X over the battery icon). The weird thing is that my previously health battery now has a 0 mAh charge capacity and a 0 cycle count. Is there ANY possible solution to this, or has the damage already been done?

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Nov 29, 2010

As I just bought a 13" MBA, I am still in my "babying" phase of the machine and want its battery power/capacity to last as long as possible. I have already done the battery calibration recommended by Apple (not even sure if its 'necessary' but I did it anyways), with charging, resting, draining, resting, and re-charging. But now I am worried about the battery cycles. Should I only plug my MBA in when the battery is close to being drained (aka use it on battery power for most of my usage?) or is it okay to drain the battery to like 80% remaining, charge, and then drain to 70% remaining, then charge again? Im not sure if Im making sense, but basically I don't want to be wasting these valuable cycles, as they seem to determine battery health and longevity. So what is the proper battery usage for the MBA, or is it basically use off power when you want and use on power supply when its available?

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MacBook Pro :: Battery Indicator Lights Show Full Battery But Won't Turn On?

Apr 2, 2012

I have an early 2008 non-unibody MacBook Pro. For about a year now, the status of the battery has been "replace soon." I was still getting a pretty good amount of time off of one charge so I wasn't too worried. This past Saturday morning, I woke up, checked the battery indicator lights on my computer (it had been sleeping since the day before) and it said it had about 60% percent so I opened it. I was on the Internet for about 10 minutes before it shut off without warning.

It wouldn't turn back on when I pressed the power button, so I plugged it in and it turned back on. When I checked, the battery status was "replace now." After using it, I turned it back off and left for NYC for the weekend and didn't bring it with me. When I got home last night, I plugged it in and tried turning it on with no luck. The battery indicator light was flashing one light, so I just assumed it would need to charge for a bit before it would turn back on. After about two hours, when I went to bed, it still was flashing just one light. I kept it plugged in over night, and this morning when I checked it, the battery indicator lights showed that it was fully charged, but it still wouldn't turn on. I still kept it plugged in throughout the day just in case, but it still won't turn on even though all the lights are lit. Is the battery just showing me false information, or should I be worried about more than just the battery?

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Apr 28, 2012

I've been told that I should replace its battery since it's been damaged. I haven't had the time or the money yet to buy a new one, and right now, I really need to use it.


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Aug 24, 2010

I just bought the new MBP 13" 'cause I'm gonna need it for college, but since I'll also use it as "personal computer", for web browsing, playing music and movies, I'll probably have to charge every day. My question is: if I got home and my MBP is dead, I plug it in and use it, when the battery is fully charged, I have to unplug it or I can use it for the night (still plugged in) and just unplug it the next day for school?

Is it somehow harmful to my battery life? And by the way, I've read that "discharge the battery" means just use at least until the 50%, is that right? So if I charge it just when it's about 40%, I just need to recalibrate once a month, and that's all fine, right?

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Oct 12, 2010

My wife and I always leave our MBP plugged up when we are near a charger. This morning the MBP had been plugged up all night, but the battery was dead. I noticed the light was out on the charger so I went to take it out, but when I touched it it turned red indicating that it was now charging. It turns out it is very finicky and randomly stops charging. Anybody else had problems with their charger? It will be Thursday before I have a chance to get to the Apple store.

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MacBook Pro :: Battery Capacity When Always Plugged In

Feb 28, 2010

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MacBook Pro :: Plugged In But Battery Not Charging

Mar 20, 2010

I bought my macbook exactly two weeks ago (tomorrow) and I'm already starting to have problems. My battery is currently at 10% when not plugged in but then when I plug it in it won't charge. What is wrong with it?

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MacBook Pro :: Battery Used When Plugged Into Electricity?

Jul 28, 2010

Haven't found anything relevant on this. Basically my 2010 15" MBP just emptied its battery and is almost fully charged now. All this while it was plugged into electricity. Why?

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MacBook Pro :: Battery Shows 96% When Plugged In ?

Apr 13, 2012

i very rarely use my MacBookPro away from home (scared of loosing it, LOL) almost all the time it is plugged into the mains 24/7, i just shut the lid when i am not using it. It is about 12 months old, but i notice that the battery meter never goes above 96%, does this mean the battery is on the way out and is going to get progressively worse ?I suppose it means the battery isnt going to last anywhere near 6 or 7 hours if i did unplug it from the mains? 

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MacBook :: Won't Start Without Being Plugged In, But Battery Says 53%

May 7, 2012

my macbook will not start unless its plugged in to a power source. if you unplug it while running, instead of switching to battery power, it shuts off. the battery is currently at 53%, so i do not know why it will not run on the battery.

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MacBook Pro :: Charge It Or Let Battery Drain During Normal Usage?

Aug 20, 2010

Is it better, during normal usage, for example at home, where you could either charge your MacBook Pro or let the battery drain until it is used up (5%, ...).

Some people say that letting the battery cycle is the best option, yet other people, including my friend who had lost many many cycles even though he had attempted precautions (Dim screen brightness until one block remained, wireless off, bluetooth off) had said that having your laptop plugged in as muchas possible is the best option, as there would be no cycle change.

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MacBook :: System Plugged In But Battery Not Charging

Jun 2, 2008

I just noticed that my when I got my macbook plugged in, it's not charging. The icon is the one you got when it's plugged in (with the little fork-shaped thing in the middle), but instead of it saying 'charging' like when the battery isn't full, or 'charged', when it is, it just says 'Not Charging'. It's like it can see the magsafe connector inside, but the juice isn't coming through to the battery, even though the computer itself is powered by the charger since when I click on the power symbol I get 'Power source: Power adapter'.

Also, the magsafe connector itself isn't lit. It used to be green for a bit, but a much weaker green than normal, and before that it wasn't even lit--I've tried with three different wall outlets, one of which was outside my house where I usually use it (it was in a starbucks). Also, when I disconnected the magsafe to get a reading for the battery, it was only 1:35, even though the magsafe light was green (albeit a weak green). If it matters, I'm running 10.5.3. The macbook is still fairly new, bought mid-december, all updates current as I got it set to checking daily and install the minute I get the notice.

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MacBook :: Battery Level Drops While Plugged In

Jul 6, 2008

I have a brand new MacBook ( < 1 month old ). I usually leave it plugged in and sleeping on my desk, and open it up to use it. After about a day of this, it will still say the battery is fully charged, and the light on the MagSafe is green, but the batter display shows 99% (or 98%, 97%, 96%). If I unplug it and use it for a bit, and the plug it in again, the battery will charge back up to 100% (and then the whole process will begin again). I love my MacBook, and want to make sure this behavior is normal.

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Feb 15, 2009

My aluminum unibody MacBook is plugged in to the power adapter and the light on the adapter is green. The battery status indicator says "Not Charging." What do I do?

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