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Same concept for battery mode
Authored by: melo on Sep 17, '04 11:36:45AM

I use the same concept but for on-battery mode. I use my laptop as a desktop reaplacement. When I'm at the office, I have all sort of apps running in the menu bar and in the background. These apps take away precious battery power.

I setup another account with the minimal number of startup items, and use it when I'm on the road, using the battery.

When I use my main account with battery fully loaded, I get 1:30h. With the second user, 2:15/2:30.

TiBook 800mhz

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Same concept for battery mode
Authored by: reiggin on Sep 18, '04 09:46:00AM

It's time for a new battery. I, too, have an 800 mhz TiBook. When I started getting 1:30 on battery, I bought a new battery from NewerTech and now I get 3:45 easily. The key to good battery longevity is to drain the battery fully before recharging and then not leaving it on the charger for long periods of time after it's fully charged.

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Same concept for battery mode
Authored by: giantmike on Sep 18, '04 07:06:32PM

Hmm, I use the exact opposite of your technique. I never drain the battery fully, and very often leave it plugged in for weeks at a time. I have had this battery in my iBook for about 2 and a half years now. I still get a solid 3
-3.5 hours of battery life surfing the web and using AIM (among other applications on and off). When the battery was new, I would get about 4 hours, but only losing about half an hour in this time is pretty good.

Maybe I got lucky, but I think the key to extended battery life with this type of battery is not letting it drain all the way.

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Same concept for battery mode
Authored by: HAL9000 on Sep 19, '04 10:00:40PM

Apple actually has a site about batteries in their devices:

There's a page specifically for notebooks too:

They say that you should "keep the juices flowing" by not leaving it plugged in all the time, and giving it times to discharge and charge. They also say you should let it discharge and charge back up again once a month. But if you've had good results with your ibook, then I guess I can't really argue with results. Maybe you are lucky ;). Or maybe your battery will drain in the future. But who knows :)

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