All batteries wear down, and until we find a way to harness the electricity our bodies create (which scientists are trying to do) or until you buy a series of extension cords that run from your home to your work, battery depletion will be a part of any computer owner’s life. The good news? Apple has some of the most advanced batteries in the marketplace. Your MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have batteries that will be depleted and charged up to 1000 times before the batter reaches 80% of its original capacity.
According to Apple, the optimal battery settings settings for your notebook are as follows:
- Use the Energy Saver control panel tips and set it to maximize performance. Set a sleep time for the display and computer that works for you, but keep in mind that choosing NEVER will hurt your battery life.
- Dim the screen to the lowest comfortable level when your notebook isn’t connected to power.
- Not using the internet? Turn off AirPort Wireless as it can use energy even if you’re not running a browser.
- Likewise, Bluetooth consumes energy even when you’re not using it.
- Eject DVDs, CDs, flash drives, etc. when you’re not using them as they too will eat up battery life.
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Pay Attention To The Weather! Running your MacBook in extreme cold or heat can drain the battery faster. You should always use your MacBook between 50 and 95 degrees, which shouldn’t be too difficult. However, you should also avoid storing them, even if they’re turned off, in temperatures below -13 degrees or above 113 degrees. So avoid leaving in your car during the summer and winter months.
Update Your Software! Apple updates include security and performance enhancement, in addition to those more visible user interaction updates. Did you know that the updates can also help improve battery performance? It’s true.
If you’re unhappy with the battery performance of your otherwise smooth-sailing Mac, stop into The MacExperience and have one of our techs install a new battery or offer even more suggestions on improving lithium performance.