Improving your battery life
I had a client meeting last night and the topic of laptop battery life came up. I know this has been covered before, but thought I would take a couple of lines and give some tips I have found to be helpful:
BENCHMARKS (very rough and from personal experience – this in no way is scientific).
Personally I see MacBook/MacBook Pro batteries get 3-4 hours of “normal use” (not watching a DVD but working in a meeting, maybe some internet etc). What Apple has frequently stated is a laptop battery should be able to play a feature-length movie (about 2-2.5 hours) on a single charge.
What can you do?
If you work through some of these things you should be able to work with a MacBook for 3-4 hours… Personally I have been at conferences, using airport and turned down the brightness of the screen and since i am not typing 100% of the time I will look at the battery menu bar and see it reporting 4+ hours of life remaining. Start typing and watch it slip to 2-3, but still – not too shabby.
If you do travel a lot and want to have a solid 5+ hours on a flight “across the pond” or East Coast to West Coast, invest in a Airline power adapter (about $100). Two flights of non-stop productivity and it will have paid for itself…
Comments or experiences, share…