Lightroom CC high energy consumption, macbook pro shuts down

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I am running Lightroom 3.0 on a late 2013 15'' macbook pro. The battery isn't the strongest anymore, it went through 1200 cycles, but I can still use the fully charged laptop for 3-4 hours of work without having to think about bringing a charger. That is unless I do any work in Lightroom.
In the last 2 months it happened about ten times that my battery was on something between 45% and 20% charge and once I opened Lightroom and started working in it, my laptop would turn off as it would otherwise do once the battery is fully drained. I then had to put it on charge and it would work again. My laptop shut down almost every time I would import pictures from an SD card. It however also happened when I only scrolled through my pictures without doing any edits or importing pictures and the battery being on 45% charge. 
I am aware that my battery is quite old, so that could be a contributing factor. However, Lightroom is the only program that leads to my laptop shutting down while in theory still having enough battery charge. I simply want to report this issue to make the developer team aware of it.

Are there any other users who have experienced this? If yes, have you found measures that I can take to make Lightroom usable while having my laptop in battery mode?
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When you say Lightroom 3, Can I assume the legacy version of what is now called Lightroom Classic which was obsolete several years ago?  Or the cloud version of Lightroom 3 only available as a subscription?
If you are speaking of the legacy version of Lightroom Classic, Lots of effort has been made since LR3 to improve performance.  We are currently at version 9 of Lightroom Classic.
For the cloud version of Lightroom we are currently at version 5.  Needless to say you should consider upgrading which ever version that you have to take advantage of any efficiencies that have happened since your LR3.
Upgrading the subscription model is free with your subscription.   Upgrading Lightroom Classic requires a subscription since standalone versions stopped at LR6 and are no longer being sold by Adobe. 
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I am running the cloud-based Lightroom. I think it was called CC until not long ago? I tried to get the names right in my post. I updated it just yesterday and no further updates are being suggested. I am running os Mojave 10.14.6 on my macbook. Here is a screenshot of the about page in Lightroom. So I believe I am running the latest version.



Edit: I just checked the adobe website. It says that Lightroom 3.0 is the latest version.
https://helpx.adobe.com/be_en/lightroom-classic/kb/keeping-lightroom-up-to-date.html

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Sorry, for misleading you LR5 is the mobile version on mobile platforms  LR3.0 is the same cloud version on MacOS or Windows.   You have the latest version.  This means that we need to look elsewhere for your problem solution.
1.Install a Temperature app https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/59725/temp-monitor to monitor your CPU temperature
2.Vacuum the 6 year accumulation of dust bunnies out of the inside of your MBP
3. Make sure the MBP is well ventilated.  Work with the laptop on a smooth flat surface Not on a pillow or blanket that can block the vents.

If you still see signs of overheating, then we will need to investigate your hardware reliability. (i.e. it might be time to upgrade that 6 year old Mac)
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Thank you for the tips, Cletus! I appreciate that. I have actually cleaned the macbook from the inside the other day and it was about time