How much battery life do you actually use?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
The big question of everyone concerning laptops is battery life and it is no different with me. But I want to discover exactly how much I really need rather than hypothesizing. As I am trying to decide whether the MbPros 3-4hrs will be sufficient for me in college.

I have a friend with an HP that squeaks out 2 hours with normal use and says its enough since most places have plugs available if he needs one.

So, how much battery life do you use lets say in a typical visit to the library?


  • Reply 1 of 2
    It depends really, it's not so much about the duration of battery life, I may only be at the library for 2 hours, but I'd rather have the freedom to stay for 4 hours if I needed to.

    Usually I'll only need about 2 hours, whether I'm lying on my bed watching tv, sitting in the living room or taking notes in a lecture hall. 5/6 hours is great though, especially when your on a long flight and can kill time by playing a game for hours on end.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    toweltowel Posts: 1,479member
    How long do you anticipate working in one outlet-less spot, away from home? You can almost always find a plug, even in coffeeshops, classrooms, libraries, etc. You learn to look carefully. I do find it's more convenient to be able to work without a plug (more seating options), but rarely will I want to do so for 3-4 hours. About the only time I'll actually drain my battery without recourse is while traveling. But I can squeeze four hours from my iBook, which is about as much as I'd want to use a laptop on a transcontinental flight. For me, as long I can get three hours (even if it means running on low-power settings) I'd be happy. For you, think about where and how long you'd be likely to use the laptop, and scope out where the outlets are in those places.
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