We have already talked to you in these days about several things to keep in mind when launching a new Mac, a few days ago we made you a list of applications (quite cheap) with which to start exploiting the performance of your new Mac's, essential applications that you will need when you launch a completely new Mac.
Today we go with an issue that worries anyone who buys a new portable device (be it a Mac or an iPhone, etc ..), batteries. We will focus on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air but keep in mind that all batteries for portable (or mobile) devices work in a similar way. And it is very common to ask ourselves about what to do when we launch a device: charge it, not charge it ..., that is the question.
First of all, we have to think that batteries are not forever, they lose their autonomy over time and it is something completely normal. I will also tell you that The batteries that mount in the MacBook Pro and Air have a lot of autonomy and can last almost all day.
Battery usage is proportional to the use you make of your Mac. Using games, video tools, websites with flash, consumes much more battery. Also, if you have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on, you will also waste your battery. Yes indeed, Laptops (that's why they are called laptops) are intended to be used on a battery, so don't get obsessed with your battery charges.
But hey, there are ways to save battery and it lasts a long time ...
- As soon as you take your new Mac out of its box you will see that it comes with some battery, it is recommended in this case that you completely deplete its charge. You can configure the Mac to your needs while you discharge the battery and then charge it to 100%. Upon reaching that percentage, you will have calibrated the battery and it will be ready to offer you its maximum performance.
- At least once a month it is recommended that you complete a charging cycle, that is, discharge the battery completely and then charge it. Or what is the same, calibrate the battery so that it always offers you maximum autonomy.
- Try unplug the charger when it reaches 100%. The batteries have a microchip that allows the battery to stop feeding when it reaches its maximum charge, but your battery will appreciate that you unplug it when it is fully charged ...
- As always, it is important that do not subject your battery (or your Mac in general) to extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), also try to work on flat surfaces that allow the computer to 'breathe'.
- And as we have commented before, try not to use unnecessary functions of your Mac (Wifi, Bluetooth) since that will make each time the autonomy is less. High brightness is a battery drain too.
And most important of all (we repeat): do not obsess. The battery is not forever and the truth is that it is not an 'expensive' element, so after several years of use you can always replace it with a new one.
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