Additional FW800 PB Batteries, Cheaper than $130?!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Earendil, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. Earendil macrumors 68000

    Earendil

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    I do a lot with my 15" 1.25PB, so when I'm on the road, wether it be gaming, or video/picture editing, my Mac is always in high gear (and with a tune always going in the background). So I end up falling into those "lucky to get over 2 hours on my battery" kinda guys.

    Another battery sounds like the way to go, except that Apple, and the few other people I've seen, all charge $130 or MORE for another battery of the same quality. This seems insane!

    Does anying know of a source for cheaper PB batteries (used is fine!) or are there rumors of a possible $130 battery that maybe lasts twice as long (though 3x sounds more like it) to make it worth the cost?

    Tyler
    Earendil
     
  2. kidA macrumors regular

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    i think your search is in vain. if you think that price ($130 for a PB 15" battery) is insane, i think you probably just don't know anything about laptop batteries. laptop batteries are, and always have been, generally pretty expensive--even ones for cheap dell laptops are over $100.
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I'd suggest doing a Google search. I think you'll find Apple's prices aren't any worse than most other vendors, and considerablly better than some. When I had my Dell, I went looking to beat their battery prices (~ $130). Best I was able to find was still a bit over $100.

    If you want to see truly insane battery prices, check out Sony! They're up in the $300 range.
     
  4. Earendil thread starter macrumors 68000

    Earendil

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    I do not think they are insane comparatively. Like I said, I looked, and I found that most were priced in the $130 range. What I think is insane is that someone thinks that another battery is WORTH $130, I mean, that is pushing it. Of course being a poor student may have something to do with it...

    I once saw a guy on eBay claiming to be a Hardware repair shop (though he sounded like a PC guy). He was auctioning off a bunch of batteries for the previous model (non FW800). I asked him about ones for my own model, and he said he didn't have those, and that the ones he had were a one time deal for their shop. He didn't know if or when they'd ever find something like that again. Those were going on eBay as a buy-it-now for $60 or so, which makes me think there are sources out there where one could pick up another battery. May be used, may have no warranty, may even die after a couple hundred hours of use. But if I could get a battery like that for $40-$60, I'd buy it. Only needs to be a back-up anyway, not the primary workhorse.

    Anyone manage a deal like this with anyone? common sources? Mac Repair shops perhaps?

    Tyler
    Earendil

    ps
    I'll be a student traveling Central America solo in a few months. PB is going with, and I don't foresee a lot of plug-in time happening. A spare battery will come in especially handy then.
     

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