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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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iPad won't turn on after a complete battery drain

my iPad iPad mini retina is out of warranty I forgot to plug in my iPad after the critical battery warning and it went some minutes following the warning. I was not worried because same thing had ...
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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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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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Does constant charging harm my Macbook Pro?

I usually connect my macbookpro with the charger 12-15hour/day and 7 days a week. I'm afraid the battery could lose capacity over time. However, I believe modern electronics should be able to handle ...
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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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Bulge in MacBook Pro near Hard drive

I have noticed in that past 24 hours that two rigid and straight "lines" have developed as bulges on my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 15 inch. They are noticeable when looking at it in the light and you can ...
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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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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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Battery is not charging despite SMC reset

I have a problem with charging of my Battery which has been appeared last night. It was working perfectly well for a long time. All of my friends who had different laptops were so jealous at my ...
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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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Difference between autopoweroff and standby in pmset

I just got a new Retina MacBook Pro 15". After getting some downloads interrupted due to the computer going to sleep (even on AC power), I started looking at the man page for the pmset command. I did ...
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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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iPhone: What is `accountsd` and why is it using 80% CPU?

I just got a new iPhone 6 for my SO and noticed that it is quite toasty to handle with the battery draining quite fast. It has been 24 hours since I first set it up. I plugged it into Instruments ...
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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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Is it better for the battery to leave the iPad plugged when charging is done?

I charge my iPad. Later, I notice that the battery is charged at 100 %. Now, what is better to preserve the battery capacity ? Unplugging the cable. Leaving the cable plugged. The answer may ...
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Has anyone had troubles with an iPhone 4's battery life failing after upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7?

After I upgraded my iPhone 4 from iOS 6 to 7, I have experienced my phone running out of power before the end of the day on a night charge (I know it's easy to run a full charge down during the day if ...
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Does the MacBook Air draw power from the battery or wall socket when the battery is at 100% and plugged in?

I have a MacBook Air 13" (late 2010 model). I use it both as a portable computer (i.e. not plugged in, drawing power from the battery) and as a desktop (i.e. plugged into the wall socket) regularly. ...
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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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Is there a battery conditioner for an iPod touch?

My iPod Touch's battery is not performming as well as it should. I've had it for a while. Is there such thing as a battery conditioner that might help get the battery performance better?
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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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What could cause MacBook battery cells to swell up?

I have a problem with my 3 year old MacBook. The battery has "swollen up" (I could post a picture if that is of help). One side of the battery is much bigger than the other. Since it no longer works, ...
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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 ...