Macbook battery killer


#1

Is anyone else experiencing just a hyper accelerated battery draining on their MBP while using the app? I really want to love this app, and getting over the pixelation has been difficult to say the least. Now this? I’m talking like 10-15% drop in the last ten-fifteen minutes that I’ve had the app on. I opened my activity monitor and it was at the top of every category. CPU %'s upwards of 50’s, energy impact over 100 at times! In the time I’ve written this post it drained another 5 percent. Is the only way I’m going to be able to use this app is with my Macbook plugged in?


#2

What is the year and specs of your Macbook Pro? Also programs in use with Astropad?


#3

I have the same issue - using Astropad in conjunction with Clip Studio 1.5.4 on Macbook Pro OS X 10.11.6). Energy usage well over 100 whenever I’m drawing, the battery drains extremely quickly. It’s a late-2013 Macbook, 2.4GHZ, Intel Iris graphics, 8GB RAM.


#4

Yeah, CPU is reaally high. I can only draw with my Macbook plugged in and playing music so I don’t have to listen to that damn computer fan! :speaking_head: :rotating_light:


#5

I don’t experiment extra consumption of resources but I use a desktop…
Neither the fan makes noise and I have a lot of apps open and webpages, it only heats and the fan starts make noise when I open some games, but isn’t nothing related to Astropad, maybe because a desktop Mac is more powerful.


#6

@smersh Are you only using Clip Studio & Astropad in these instances? No other applications or other utilities running in the background?


#7

It happens with just Astropad and Clip Studio running. The fan will often switch on and have to work hard - it can be very noisy. It never switches on (audibly) in any other situation. A reboot usually fixes the fan problem.


#8

@smersh Have you tried doing a SMC reset?
(More info on what it is - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT20129)

If not, how to do this - with your Macbook on, hold shift key + control + alt/option + power button


#9

Battery issues have gotten worse for me on the new Macbook Pro (with TB)

Any workaround for this?


#10

@jarek_lensa What are the specs of your new MBP? Does it have a discreet graphics card, or just Intel Iris?
Also, what programs are in use?


#11

The mid tier with a Discrete GPU. Battery issues happen in general… with Photoshop, Affinity Designer and Corel.


#12

I’ve been using Astropad for a year, but on the new Macs the battery drains really fast. I saw in Activity Monitor that it uses a really high CPU almost all the time when drawing…Is there any plan to fix this or do I have to get Astropad Studio? Does it use less battery?


#13

So far Studio is draining the battery just as fast for me.


#14

Does anyone know if there is a way to connect the iPad with the MacBook via USB but not letting it charge. (in other words use it solely for the Astropad connection) - I need that coz I often work in trains without WIFI connection and it really bugs me that it drains the MacBook battery…)