Concerning devices that store electrical power which can be used to run various devices in the absence of external power.

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Should I disconnect my MacBook Pro's power cord when the battery is fully charged?

Title says all. My friend told me that I need to disconnect the power cord when the battery is fully charged. Otherwise, I will shorten the life of the battery. Is that true? I am going to use my ...
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Why is iOS 5 draining my battery so fast?

My wife's phone went from lasting a full day to needing a recharge every few hours after upgrading to iOS 5. Mine still works fine after the upgrade. What might be causing this?
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Why won't my MacBook Pro automatically sleep?

I have my MacBook set to go to sleep after 2 minutes while on battery (via the Energy Saver preference pane.) However, when I leave it idle, it only turns off the screen—it does not actually sleep. ...
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I am missing the option to see the remaining battery life as time in the menubar?

In previous versions of OS X the battery indicator in the menubar included options to show the remaining battery life as percentage or time (or nothing). In Mountain Lion, there's only an option to ...
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Can I safely charge my iPhone 4 overnight on a regular basis?

First time caller, long time listener: I've seen this question asked on a few other sites but with no "definitive" answers. The Apple website on iPhone batteries is ambiguous, at best, and the ...
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Should I use the adapter or the battery?

I want to know when my MBP's battery was fully charged it's better to unplug my adapter and use my battery power or still let use adapter power? I somewhere read that when MBP's battery was fully ...
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Using memory with a higher MHz rating? [duplicate]

Can MacBook Pro's successfully support and fully exploit RAM of a higher MHz rating than that which they ship with? For example, take my 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2011) that ships with 4GB of 1333MHz ...
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How to disable battery charging?

From the pmset man page: POWER SOURCE ARGUMENTS -g with a 'batt' or 'ps' argument will show the state of all attached power sources. […] Certain Apple battery calibration tools may ...
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How can I make my first generation iPad's battery last longer?

What are some of the things I can do to make my iPad (Wi-Fi) battery last a long time once it is charged? I have the first generation iPad and run iOS 3.
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What is the best way to recharge an iPod Touch battery?

I wonder how to handle the recharging of my iPod touch ? I've heard that there are some actions to have to be done regularly or actions that arms the battery (like memory effect etc...)
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Is it good to keep apps closed on iOS devices?

Is it better to keep apps closed (double tap home button, hold the icon, and exit the app), as much as possible on iOS devices? I know the more apps one has open, the more RAM, for example is used, ...
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How do I debug an out-of-control “kernel_task” process?

Just recently I noticed my battery life having a pretty significant drop and the "kernel_task" process using quite a bit of CPU (a constant 1-6% on my 2.8ghz dual-core i7, 2010 MBP). Obviously I think ...
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Why does my MacBook Pro die without warning?

I have a MacBook Pro (about 18mts old) which has recently started to inexplicably die without warning. I'm running it on battery and, yes, it's getting close to the bottom end (between 10 and 25%). In ...
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Is it advisable to calibrate the battery on a MacBook?

How useful or necessary is it to calibrate the battery on a MacBook? If it is, should it be carried out when first purchased and does calibration of the battery mean it will also last longer?
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Is putting the computer to sleep while it's in a hot car a bad idea?

I know that keeping the battery of a MacBook Air in a hot environment is a bad idea. But sometimes I have to leave it in a hot car. Are there any recommendations as to what to do in this kind of ...
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Charging an iPhone, difference between USB port and power outlet

The power outlet has more power obviously, but maybe the computer USB is suffice to charge it at maximum speed. Is there a difference between charging an iPhone using the computer USB port and using ...
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Event based on battery charge level

I haven't found anything yet so I was hoping maybe someone here had an idea. I want to kick off an even based on battery on an Apple laptop reaching a certain charge level, or when the battery is ...
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iPhone 3GS battery oddities

I bought a 3GS in August 2009. After about 9 months I started seeing occasional precipitous drops in battery level overnight (i.e. from 50% to "dead", as in all you see is the red "charge me" icon). ...
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Regular crashes on iPhone 4S/iOS 6.1.1: due to old battery, or because of updated-for-iOS-7 apps?

For the past 6 weeks, 2-3 times a week my two-year-old iPhone 4S (with no replacement parts) has crashed in the middle of use. I get a black screen with a spinner, and then it powers down. After ...
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iPad turned itself off and won't turn back on

I was just reading a webpage on my iPad and the screen went black and then the Apple logo came up and then the spinning loading wheel and it just went black... Nothing after that. The screen is ...
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Why does my battery drop with 1% within a minute after removing the charger?

I just got a new iPhone 5S a week ago. Works perfectly aside from the fact that the battery tends to act weirdly. As mentioned in the title, when I remove the charger the battery percentage drop by a ...
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What are the best practices for battery longevity?

How do you maximize the cycle count of your battery? There seems to be a debate between: Leave plugged in 24/7 but do a full cycle once a month Charge to ~100%, drain to ~10%, repeat. NOTE: ...
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Battery diagnostic tool at Apple Genius Bars

I have a one-year old iPhone 5 and it's battery performance has dramatically decreased over the last few months. As I could use my iPhone for over 24 hours a year ago, the lifespan has halved by now. ...
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What causes iPhone low battery crashes? Is there a software fix?

Some iPhone users (especially those with devices that've been in use for a while) encounter a problem where the device crashes once the battery gets low. For example: "After updating to iOS 7 ...
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Does an iPad consume more battery power when there are multiple applications open?

Does an iPad consume more battery power when there are multiple applications open compared to let's say, having only one application resident in memory? If there are differences between the ...
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How long should my MacBook Pro battery last?

I have brand new Macbook Pro (15", i5 2.4GHz, 4Gb RAM) purchased at the end of May 2010 and Apple advertises up to 7 hours of wireless web battery life, however I consistently getting only about 4 ...
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Why do iOS devices take such a long time to turn back on?

Often I will realise my iPhone or iPad is about to run out of battery, run around the house looking for a charging cable and plug, and get back just in time to see the screen go black and the little ...
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How can I increase battery life with iOS 4?

Since I upgraded to iOS 4 on my iPod touch second generation my battery life is draining very fast. Is there anything I can do to help with that?
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Can iPhone battery apps actually prolong battery life?

I've seen a few apps that claim they do some kind of conditioning/deep charge/other jargon to extend the life of an iPhone battery. Is this just hokum or do I really need one of these apps to maximize ...
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How to disable the SpeedStep when using MacBook Pro without a battery?

First of all, the specs: MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) OS X 10.9.1 (Mavericks) 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB RAM The Problem Recently, my battery randomly died and I had to disconnect it, ...
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How can I keep my MacBook Air's battery cool?

It seems that the best advice for battery longevity on my MacBook Air is to keep the battery cool. It doesn't have powerful fans like the MacBook Pro, so I would think that overheating is even more of ...
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Is my iPhone 5S draining battery too fast (and is it due to process mediaServerD?)

My iPhone 5s has always had less good battery life than my previous iPhone (4S), but I'd always assumed that it was due to the increased speed of the CPU/GPU and the increased screen size. It also ...
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Using bash/terminal to get number of battery recharge cycles

I would like to get the number of recharge cycles using bash (terminal commands). I understand the following command will display all of the battery data, but I want the cycle count on its own ioreg ...
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How is the battery level calculated in the magic mouse?

I wonder how the battery level in the magic mouse is calculated. This question about battery problems raised another one, I would like to know how the electronics in the magic mouse work and evaluate ...
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How long does the battery last on mid-2011 MacBook Airs?

I know that one of the big innovations in the MacBook Air was in the battery (which gets most of the internal volume of the computer!) What is a normal loss of battery life (change in usable time on ...
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Can using a non Apple USB cable damage an iPhone?

If I use a generic/aftermarket iPhone USB cable instead of the official Apple product, can it damage the iPhone? A vendor at the mall said that high quality iPhone USB cables have a chip that ...
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Battery on white MacBook shuts off abruptly after 30% charge is left

I have a white MacBook (MacBook4,1). I have owned and used it for over two years now (30 months, as coconutBattery would have me believe). coconutBattery and Battery Health Monitor both report that ...
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Why does my MacBook Air 2013 wake from sleep every minute on Mavericks?

I'm having issues with my MacBook Air 2013 waking from sleep into Dark Wake every minute since I upgraded to Mavericks. Whenever it's been to sleep and goes into standby it keeps waking up. This is ...
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Unsold iPhones & Battery Life

There is a lot unsold iPhones 4s on the Apple Store. According to the "About iPhone Batteries", iPhone's battery should be regularly charged. But in case that the battery is not charge after the ...
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My MacBook Pro is not sleeping when I close the lid on battery

I purchased my macbook back in 2011, and this problem just started. When I unplug and close my computer to put it in my backpack for school, it does not sleep. I take it out and its very hot and has ...
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If I replace an iPod Classic battery myself, will the music be preserved?

I have an iPod Classic that needs a new battery; the old battery will no longer hold a charge. I've been told that if I send it to Apple to be fixed they will restore the device and the music will be ...
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How often should I remove the charger from my rMBP?

I want my battery to remain healthy. I used to charge it full then remove the charger after it's done, then put it back on when it goes down to 10% .. However this is becoming hectic and I was ...
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Should the MacBook Air have the same amount of charge as its stated capacity when 'Full Charged'?

The following is an extract from System Information (under power): Charge Information: Charge Remaining (mAh): 6517 Fully Charged: Yes Charging: No Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 6690 ...
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Why is iPhone battery percentage fluctuating at lower levels?

My iPhone 4 (going on 19 months of love) has recently started having a bit of an issue knowing the percentage of its battery it has remaining. I will be using it and it will jump from 31% to 19% and ...
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How do i get the low battery warning back on my MacBook?

I have a MacBook and I did not take care of the battery properly. It started to shut down unexpectedly at around 20% and then even at 30%. I got a new battery and it seems to work fine; it lets me get ...
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I am only seeing 1:50 of estimated run time on a new MacBook Pro battery. Problems?

I have bought brand new MacBook pro 15-inch model with highest specifications in this June. I have also installed newest Mac OS, Lion. However, how it could be strange, when cable is not plugged it, ...
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macbook pro absurdly small battery life

My Macbook Pro lasts me about 1.5 to 2 hours max on a single charge. This feels ridiculously low. What can I do to increase the battery life on Macbook Pro? Battery Information: Model ...
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How performance of Macbook Air 13" mid-2011 battery from iFixit compares to the original one?

Please share your performance of the replacement battery as sold by iFixit (I'm interested in the New one, not B-Stock) as compared to the original battery from Apple for Macbook Air 13" mid-2011 ...
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Can anything cause the battery “cycles count” to appear LOWER than it really is?

My Macbook battery is essentially dead. It has behaved erratically for the past 1.5 year. In any case I checked the cycle count today and found only 270 something. If I recall correctly, I had much ...
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iPhone 4S - sudden drop in battery percentage

I've bought a half-year-old iPhone 4S a couple of weeks ago and I just ran into a really weird issue the third time now: the battery percentage would suddenly drop 30-40-50%. One minute, it's, say, ...