I just got a Macbook Pro 13" and I wanna try to prolong the battery life as long as I can.. Not like my HP laptop where I could just easily pop out the battery and have the comp running on the AC adapter.. Is the best way to just be plugged in whenever I have the chance? or drain the battery and recharge?
asked Jul 03 '10 at 16:51
Read and follow Apple's guide to caring for the batteries in their laptops (MacBook, MacBook Pro) -- http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490
IApple recommends you "calibrate your battery...every two months":
From that linked page:
You can choose to use your Apple notebook in a way that maximizes its battery life.
Energy: The Energy Saver control panel offers several settings that determine power levels for your Macbook. Your portable knows when it’s plugged in, and runs accordingly. When on battery power, it will dim the screen and use other components sparingly. If you change this setting to maximize performance, your battery will drain more quickly.
Brightness: Dim the screen to the lowest comfortable level to achieve maximum battery life. For instance, when watching a DVD on an airplane, you may not need full brightness if all the lights are off.
AirPort Wireless: AirPort consumes power, even if you are not using its features to connect to a network. You can turn it off in its control panel to save power.
Bluetooth Wireless: Likewise, you can turn off Bluetooth to maximize your battery life, as it also consumes power when not in use.
Applications and peripherals: Disconnect peripherals and quit applications not in use. Eject CDs and DVDs if not currently accessing them.