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Question: Macbook pro (Early 2011) battery.

I just got my 15 inch quad core macbook pro in the mail. I quickly calibrated the battery and fully charged it. It is advertised to get 7 hours when browsing the internet and it simply doesnt. When i am not touching my computer the battery says 8 hours, and i'm like ok thats awesome. So as soon as i load up any wed site, even a non flash no video website, the battery quickly drops to 4 to 3, and sometimes even two hours. I was wondering if this is normal because it sure doesn't sound normal. Thanks.

Macbook Pro Early 2011, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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Mar 8, 2011 10:34 AM in response to zaccaz In response to zaccaz

I picked up one last friday and have been playing with it over the weekend after calibrating the battery. So far I've had no battery issues with it. The estimated time will jump all over the place depending on what you're doing. You should keep track of how long the laptop actually runs.

Mar 8, 2011 10:34 AM

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Mar 8, 2011 11:08 AM in response to zaccaz In response to zaccaz

I have noticed some sites run background scripts that will result in additional battery usage. Try opening/closing websites 1by1 until you figure out which sites cause the problem.

I notice gmail+chat does a good job cutting my battery time to about 2.5hrs. I simply close it when on battery and I enjoy 3-5hrs of battery run time.

Mar 8, 2011 11:08 AM

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Jun 27, 2011 6:22 AM in response to zaccaz In response to zaccaz

gfx Card Status is truly a remarkable app. I get incredible battery life (around 9-10 hours!) on my 2.3ghz Quad i7 15 MBP, especially if I dim the monitor. However, the battery life also depends on which sites you go to, as a previous poster mentioned. What's great about gfx Card Status is that this app also helps tame the heat on my machine.

Jun 27, 2011 6:22 AM

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Jan 6, 2012 2:52 PM in response to MacRS4 In response to MacRS4

Can I use this app for a MBP 13"? I'm having similar battery issues. Just surfing the net and having a brower open on facebook most of the time, I get about 3-4 hrs max. However I realised that putting my laptop on sleep still drains the battery like nothing else. I can have it fully charged, and have it on sleep for most of the day then I only have 20% left.

Jan 6, 2012 2:52 PM

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Question: Macbook pro (Early 2011) battery.