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Leave Your MacBook Plugged In, It’s Okay

I value my Apple products. I pay good, hard earned money for them and I want to make sure I don’t use them incorrectly. As long as I have had a MacBook Pro and now my Air, I have always wondered if it was okay to leave them plugged in all day. Even right now while I am sitting at my desk, it’s plugged in. Does it harm the battery? Does it kill the screen? Should I leave it plugged in?
With the amount of money we invest in our Apple machines, we should know whats good for them, right!?

WIth a little bit of digging, some pioneers before me and my MBA, I found the answers to the Holy Grail…

Standard Maintenance

For proper maintenance of a lithium-based battery, it’s important to keep the electrons in it moving occasionally. Apple does not recommend leaving your portable plugged in all the time. An ideal use would be a commuter who uses her notebook on the train, then plugs it in at the office to charge. This keeps the battery juices flowing. If on the other hand, you use a desktop computer at work, and save a notebook for infrequent travel, Apple recommends charging and discharging its battery at least once per month.

It’s right there in front of our eyes.

 An ideal use would be a commuter who uses her notebook on the train, then plugs it in at the office to charge. This keeps the battery juices flowing.

This comes from Apple’s own Notebook Batteries Page. The page goes on to talk about how to take care of your battery, minimize wear and tear on it along with other little tidbits of knowledge.

So I am breathing easy knowing that the vendor I have chosen for my hardware, has done an excellent job in both building, and documenting how I should use my Macbook Air to the best of it’s ability.

How often do you unplug? Are you always plugged in?

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4 Replies

  1. I typically have mine plugged in, but still usually end up having to recharge at least 1-2 times per week.
    Good to see this fits in with the accepted and endorsed usage guidelines.

  2. I have a 13″ MBP, and it gets hot after like 30 mins of use (unless plugged in)
    It’s a 2011, i’m thinking I might need a new battery

    1. That seems a bit crazy if you ask me. I would take it into Apple and see what they say. I doubt it’s the battery though if it doesn’t get hit while charging.

  3. I let mine die and then i plug it in to charge, it is just a habit of mine. Good to know though.

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