Forum Question: Battery Life on a MacBook Pro

On a MacBook Pro, I was wondering– what’s the best way to use the computer, in terms of the battery? I’ve heard that it’s not a good idea to have the computer plugged in all the time and that you should use it on battery power, too. What’s the best way to go about things with regards to the battery?

Comments: 3 Responses to “Battery Life on a MacBook Pro”

    3/28/11 @ 7:53 am

    The best way is to use your MacBook Pro as you need it. Let the built-in hardware and software manage the battery.
    I see so many people worry needlessly about exactly how to get every bit of life from their battery. Use your MacBook Pro — don’t let it use you.
    You should absolutely have it plugged in when you are near a plug. Why use the battery (reduced power) when you have a plug right there? Why make the battery go through more cycles of charging when it doesn’t have to?
    Apple recommends that every once in a while (I do it once every 2 months) you let the battery run down to nothing and then fully charge it. Reconditioning. You can do that if you like.

    Vicki Cofone
    9/10/11 @ 9:00 am

    I always have my computer plugged in. I have been noticing the green and yellow light aren’t on anymore. Do I need a new power cord or is it the battery? My battery is half charged. Much appreciation. Vicki

      9/10/11 @ 9:05 am

      Could just be the light is out in your power cord. Does the Mac still charge? If so, you are fine.

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