Battery Life on Powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kukheart, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2003
    I have no idea why but over the past two weeks or so i have noticed that my powerbook 1.5GHZ 1GB RAM has been losing a lot of battery life. I get it FULLY charged then unplug it and it says i have roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes left. My laptop is 4 years old, I'ts not a relic, it does everything i need it to do and I still love it, but I have no idea what brought this stinking battery life issue on, any help at all? I always hit better battery life at the top. Is there any way i can check the condition of the battery? I can't afford a Macbook Pro...yet.... thanks
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    South Florida
    Download Coconut Battery and see how much capacity remains in the battery. If it's below let's say 50-60%, you should probably get a new one.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    When I replaced the battery in my powerbook my battery life went from 1hours to 4.5 hours... And now its back down around 3.5...

    I got a new battery for $40 on ebay. I recommend doing something similar.
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2006
    Lubbock, TX
    Could it be the cycles of the battery? My battery was replaced by the recall a couple years ago, so I have not point of reference to help you, but I think it might be time for a new battery.

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