Laptop Batteries

02006-09-18 | Computer | 5 comments

For Apple laptop owners:
Coconut Battery
Scroll down the above web page and ownload the Beta widget if you are running Tiger – if you don’t you can get the regular version. Both are free.

My laptop battery is sucking and I just ordered a new one. According to the Coconut Battery Widget my old battery is on Load Cycle 652 and batteries have a lifetime of 300-500 loadcycles. In other words: no wonder!!

You can order a replacement battery by Newer Tech at OWC. Each new battery includes a label to return your old battery for proper recycling or disposal. They are also Mercury-free.

5 Comments

  1. Steve

    >You can order a replacement battery by Newer Tech at OWC. Each new battery includes >a label to return your old battery for proper recycling or disposal. They are also >Mercury-free.

    I tried using one of these on my PB17, and the battery never fit “just so.” As a result, my laptop kept cutting out, usually at very inconvenient times. I ended up having to send it back, and got one from the Apple store … which is a bummer because the OWC batteries are much better…

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  2. ottmar

    Thanks for the tip, Steve. Yes, that would suck! I’ll let you know how my replacement battery fits.

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  3. Gary Hayes

    Hi

    Beware of OWC batteries – I am annoyed with them at the moment. I bought their longest life one 7200, which was fine for a year for occassional field use. I then thought my powerbook G3 would last over 14 hours with two (for field recording), so ordered a second. When I charged up the new one over several cycles I put them together and the first one stopped showing up – gone from full charge and OK performance to nothing. I had probably only put it through 10 charge cycles in a year as I have two other G4 powerbooks. Anyway sent it back to OWC and they said it was out of warranty – I am waiting to hear back from them as this is not my issue. So potentially spending $169 for a year of battery is less economical than some of the standard batteries that last much longer…Gary

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  4. bob

    Hi,

    OWC shipped me a bad battery, and of course they dont have more instock.

    So…I asked for a refund –and they hit me with a 15% restocking fee. hmm! I had heard good things about OWC…

    Beware of OWC!

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  5. ottmar

    I have never had a bad experience with OWC and the replacement battery I ordered from them fits well and holds a charge well.

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