Sleep or Shutdown?

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  1. gadgetmonger

    gadgetmonger PhilMUG Addict Member

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    I have always wondered how people use their MacBooks. Are you the type who just closes the laptop at the end of your day or do you shut it down?

    What are its effects on the batteries and the life of the MacBook?

    Is there an appropriate way of closing your machine when you are done using it or the day?
     
  2. raze94

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    half of the week i sleep the other half i shut down. really depends on what im doing or what i need to get done. thing that bothers me is always having it plugged. i feel like the battery is gonna over charge or worst blow up. it happens!
     
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    Dont worry, it wont.
     
  4. ijingo

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    Sleep all the time. I only shut down when needed i.e. software updates.
     
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    Most Mac users put their Macs to sleep instead of shutting it down completely. Sleep drain on the battery will be very minimal, it takes very little power to keep the sleep light "snoring". This is what I'd recommend since it's much more convenient for you, no need to wait for the machine to boot up. Your machine is ready as soon as you open the lid. If you'll be using your machine often, I don't see any disadvantage in putting your Mac to sleep vs. shutting it down.

    When you close your MacBook's lid to put it to sleep, just make sure that the sleep light starts "snoring" before you transport it. This makes sure that the hard disk has stopped spinning completely and has been "parked", minimizing the chance of data loss in the event of a sudden drop or vibration.

    I never shutdown my MacBook Pro (and PowerBook before that) because I use it everyday. I suggest you shutdown your MacBook if you won't be using it for a day or more.

    @raze94, it's okay to keep your Mac plugged in whenever you have the chance, as long as you run it on battery power once in a while (every couple of days or so). Also, you can unplug it when you go to bed if it will make you more comfortable :)
     
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    Sleep. I rarely shutdown. I only do that if i'll be out-of-town without my Mac.
     
  8. pctan1584

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    Sleep for me most of the time, but I take off the power.
     
  9. joy08

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    Sleep then once in a week shut it down.:) never encounter any problem.
     
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    sleep most of the time, i shutdown/restart my mac when the updates requires it and when i'm need to clean the exterior of my mac with damp cloth.

    you may read about sleep thread on this site it has 46 pages and counting :rolleyes:

    http://www.philmug.ph/forum/showthread.php?t=38357
     
  11. raze94

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    @ suavecito and Patrick

    im praning like that. even with cell phones! i cant sleep while these things are charging around me. hahahahaha! i also saw photos of a mac where it looked like it caught fire where the magsafe connects to the mac.
     
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    sleep during the day. i shut down when i go to bed early... unless i'm working until early morning, i just let it sleep so i can resume work agad
     
  13. PatrickGaerlan

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    I completely understand, it's actually not a bad idea to unplug your Mac at night (unless it's busy doing something and you want to make sure it won't run out of power in the middle of the night).
     
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    i've stopped charging overnight ever since i've taken a "what can i do for the environment" advocacy. i try to shut down whenever i can though.
     
  15. ryomunken

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    Just sleep. It only consumes a little of your battery life. :)
     
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    i tend to shut down overnight
    but if it's during the day I just let it sleep. I can't resist working on it!
     
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    sleep most of the time, leave it unplugged at night then plugged it on the next morning or sometimes shut down it once in a week or depends. keeps the my cell battery used while my mbp is asleep. sometimes using deep sleep..
     
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    at night, I usually shut mine down, but when I'm gonna use it again later, just let it sleep
     
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    I shutdown at night. Not too annoyed with the start up time so I try to shutdown when not in use.
     
  20. madmax168

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    I safe sleep instead since there are isolated cases when your macs are stored in the bags and they suddenly wake up from sleep and causes extreme heat build up inside the bag (this happened to me once and it was as hot as an iron...)
     

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