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Lion - Horrible MacBook Pro Battery Life

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  • alto2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 17, 2012 10:09 AM (in response to adamfromkilgetty)

    Glad to hear things have improved for you. Alas, my MBP came this way (and I did do a clean install the first week I had it, thinking perhaps some of the extensions that came over through the Migration Assistant were the problem and deciding to reinstall it all myself instead), and I haven't used Time Machine on it yet. So while it seems to have helped you, it doesn't look like a likely solution across the board.

  • tjastro Calculating status...
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    Mar 18, 2012 7:16 AM (in response to ivegotaquestion)

    I have the same experience on my 13" MacBook AIr.  Used to have 7 hours on my  battery with Snow Leopard.  Upgraded to Lion and battery life went down to 3.5 - 4 hours.  Horrible!!!

  • MKZA Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 9:05 AM (in response to tjastro)

    +1 battery life terrible on my MBP after Lion and it continues even with 10.7.3

     

    Seems every apple update be it for OS X, iPhone or iPad comes with massive battery drain problems. Nothing else can explain why the same MBP which gave me 7 hours battery life on Snow Leopard, now gives me only 3-4 on Lion.

     

    Doesn't appear that Apple are doing anything to fix the problems in Lion as they seem 100% focused on bringing out Mountain Lion within the next 6 months or so. Mountain Lion WILL come with its own problems and we'll probably be led down the same path waiting for the next OS X with 500 new features and more bugs.

     

    Maybe soon it will be called OS X "Elephant" because it's going to be so bloated with thousands of features that many don't want or need.

     

    Sad to see such a great OS falling into the same rapid development and chasing version numbers that many other software companies of late have fallen prey to.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 2:46 PM (in response to MKZA)

    Sad to see such a great OS falling into the same rapid development and chasing version numbers that many other software companies of late have fallen prey to.

     

    Sorry, what software companies? Can you please back this up? Thanks. Also the battery life will forever be shortened when trying to do tasks such as a Time Machine backup or watching movies or and other major drain. Has always been like that on my Macs, which is why a warning has always come up when doing a major installation that you should connect to power.

     

    Anyway this thread is making no progress

     

    Pete

  • alto2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to petermac87)

    petermac87 wrote:


    Also the battery life will forever be shortened when trying to do tasks such as a Time Machine backup or watching movies or and other major drain.

     

    True, but everyone knows that and it's not what we've been discussing here. That sort of battery drain should not happen when you have a brand-new computer and you're only surfing the web or downloading a small (<50MB) file.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to alto2)

    I was not replying to you if you check the details in the post.

     

    Good luck

     

    Pete

  • tjastro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 4:56 PM (in response to petermac87)

    Yep, you are right!  I have read all 162 of the threads.  Seems like a lot of folks are unhappy with the battery life.  All of whom have upgraded to Lion.  Apple do  noty care!  Plain and simple.  When you are big you are big and so what if a few folks have some issues with battery life.....    Why I hated Windows!

    I have followed everyones advices, I have "re-conditioned" the battery by draining and re-charging.  Still only getting 4.5hours vs. the 7hours I used to get.  Lion *****!

    I still have the memory stick with SL so I will have to downgrade.  Battery life is important to me, more so that the "nice features" added in Lion.

    Shame on Apple for doing this and pretending there is no issue!

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,175 points)
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    Mar 18, 2012 7:42 PM (in response to Michael Empric)

    I guess I'll add my tale to this thread. Used to have a Feb'08 MBP running Leopard but logic board died suddenly and was forced to buy an Oct'11 MBP. Naturally, it came with Lion preinstalled, so I never had a before and after and never ran the snowy cat in a production environment. So I start getting used to Lion's new quirks and eccentricities, having migrated all my stuff using Setup Assistant. Haven't stress-tested to the bitter end to see how long it will last, but have been able to go for up to 6 hours, with 35% charge still remaining.

     

    The interesting point in my Mac's story is how the battery has behaved and how it seems to be degrading. This is the maximum charge capacity, as reported by Coconut Battery:

     

    datecapacity
    12/17/117018
    1/18/127160
    2/7/127148
    2/8/127135
    2/9/127132
    2/10/127145
    2/11/127156
    2/12/127157
    2/13/127156
    2/14/127157
    2/15/127162
    2/17/127121
    2/19/127160
    2/21/127165
    2/23/127161
    2/28/127173
    3/1/127021
    3/7/126974
    3/7/126967
    3/10/126960
    3/12/126971
    3/13/126962
    3/14/126964
    3/15/126918
    3/17/126941
    3/18/126941

     

    At first, I didn't save the report very often cause I figured it was a new computer. Then I started seeing all the threads of woe and desperation on low battery performance. Interesting how the max capacity peaked about 2 months after I received it, and is now firmly going down.

     


    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Oct'11
  • g8production Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 27, 2012 5:57 AM (in response to Courcoul)

    I have a MacBook5,1 with FileVault2 actived and i have 2 batteries. The first battery is a "service battery" for Lion, not for SnowLeopard. It works only for 2h; the second (new) battery is a "good battery" for Lion but it works only for 2h and 30m.

     

    I have reinstalled Lion, cleared deamon, resetted the SMC, resetted the PRAM... but the battery life is the same.

     

    One more thing, the charge is lost also when the MacBook is in stop! 10% after few hours of stop!

     

     

    Please release a fix!

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Mar 27, 2012 6:01 AM (in response to g8production)

    g8production wrote:

     

     

    Please release a fix!

    Please tell Apple. We are users like you. No good yelling at us. Go here

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

     

    Pete

  • g8production Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 27, 2012 6:08 AM (in response to petermac87)

    ...please Apple, release a fix!

  • Davka Calculating status...
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    Mar 29, 2012 9:51 AM (in response to Michael Empric)

    Hi guys,

     

    I've reset the SMC controller. How do I know if it worked? I have the problem that the laptop is very hot. Especially when using Netbeans and co

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Mar 29, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to Davka)

    Davka wrote:

     

    Hi guys,

     

    I've reset the SMC controller. How do I know if it worked? I have the problem that the laptop is very hot. Especially when using Netbeans and co

    If the problem is gone then it worked.

     

    Pete

  • TobiasKruse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 2:22 AM (in response to Michael Empric)

    I just want to enlist myself in the myriad of users who seem to have this problem.

     

    Just a couple of weeks ago I updated from SL to Lion 10.7.3, battery life of my MacBookPro Mid 2010 15" plummeted to about half of its previsous value.

     

    I am getting paticularly worried since my MBP had the Nvidia switching problem and the Logic Board was exchanged (luckily after apple enlisted this error in the official list for warranty approval between 12 months and 24 months). So from my point of view this is the second pretty big issue with this MBP and I am not very happy about it, to put it mildly... Too bad that recognition and fixing of this issue takes so long.

     

    Fingers crossed that the issue gets fixed...

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Mid 2010 15"
  • paulachris Calculating status...
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    Mar 31, 2012 6:21 PM (in response to alto2)

    All of this sounds familiar to me -- and I am running a  2010 Macbook Pro 15" but have done no upgrades to my system -- yet.  I have been following the disucssion for a while to see if I want to upgrade ---

    About 3 months ago my Mac began running hot -- very hot - battery life is half of what it used to be.    I have contacted Apple support twice  -- both times I have gotten no resolution.   I looked back at  general apple updates that I received and I had two in a row that came down about a month before I noticed all of this starting.  Could this heating problem be something other then or in addition to Lion?

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