Taking care of my Macbook Pro's battery.
February 17, 2012 9:24 AM Subscribe
what are the best practices for taking care of a macbook pro (specifically the battery) for someone who uses it intensively for 8-10 hours a day?
posted by austere to computers & internet (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
there is an overwhelming amount of contradictory information regarding how best to protect your battery and how to handle charging cycles which, in my reading thus far, seems to be largely affected by whether you actually need the battery for a given task.
i use my computer to produce electronic music (having just replaced my old powermac G5 with a new MBP) and while i do utilize the battery on occasion, the vast majority of the laptops' usage is just sitting in my home studio.
should i just leave it plugged in all the time when i'm using it or should i be running the battery down? it's not uncommon for me to have to go through two recharge cycles in a day (i do this maybe 2 or 3 times a week on average). it's only just occurred to me that it may be less detrimental to the battery if i were to just leave it plugged in when i'm at home and actually using it, but i've heard that this too can be problematic. i guess i'm wondering which is the lesser evil.
lastly, would the usage of an external monitor with the laptop affect these protocols?