Extending battery life

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheFallGuy, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. TheFallGuy macrumors member

    TheFallGuy

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    Okay, I think this falls into this forum.

    I want to be able to extend the use of my PowerBook (2yr old) while I am traveling. Going into the settings I changed it so I could get "maximum battery life possible". But even then I do not get very long with my battery - maybe an hour or so before the laptop is done. The only app I'm running is MS Word - I have my iPod so I don't have to listen to music using the computer. I dim the monitor as much as I can stand and I turn off the noise and keyboard backlighting.

    Is there anything else that I can do to extend the battery life while travelling? (I'm mainly plugged in - but the occasional commute has me wanting longer battery life.) Or will I need to purchase a new battery?

    If I need to purchase a new battery, what are the recommendations or availability in types of batteries and where I can purchase them?
     
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    i mean, the obvious battery-saving techniques are out there: lower screen brightness, turn bluetooth and wireless off if/when possible, shut down rather than sleep when you can, since batteries drain a little while sleeping....

    but other than that, i'd say if you really need more battery life while traveling, i'd suggest getting a new battery.

    btw, do you have coconutbattery? perhaps take a peak at your load-cycles and the current capacity (versus the original capacity) and see how your battery is doing..
     
  3. TheFallGuy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I'll take a look at the coconutbattery thing and see how badly my battery is drained. ;)
     
  4. TheFallGuy thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, the battery's dead, jim. (Getting there)

    Any suggestions on an inexpensive place to get one?
     
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Not that I know of, unfortunately. Batteries are the type of thing I won't buy from eBay (even if they say brand new - I'm just too wary), and I think most retail places selling brand new apple batteries will all be around the same ballpark (~$130). If you have any way of getting an edu discount, that saves you some (~$15).

    Sorry, perhaps someone else knows of some cheaper places?
     
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  7. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Sorry if I'm being stupid, but don't you get new batteries from Apple?
     
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    yeah, but i think he was hoping there were other retailers that perhaps had better deals, or maybe a rebate or something (like amazon does with the macbooks, etc).

    when it comes to saving money, it's always worth asking! :)
     
  9. jvan macrumors member

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    if the capacity of your battery goes to as low as 50%, will apple replace it for you?
     
  10. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure they would, if it's still under Applecare, and it hasn't been excessively used, meaning there would have to be something wrong with it.
     
  11. Angrist macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't buy a replacement battery from Apple.

    NewerTechnology sells higher capacity replacements for about the same price as Apple. In my travels around "teh intarweb" they get good reviews and recommendations. However, I can't vouch for their quality personally.

    My Pbook is in similar shape, battery charge only lasts ~45min when unplugged and web-browsing. I'll be ordering a replacement through Other World Computing before heading back to school in Sept.


    As far as getting a new battery for free ... my brother has an iBook in the same situation, still under Applecare, and they consider the battery condition "normal wear".
     
  12. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    i doubt it, unless perhaps it went to 50% capacity in the first 2 weeks. :p

    but no, seriously, batteries aren't meant (especially apple's batteries) to last the lifetime of the computer by any means. so if you've had one for 2 years and notice it's dying on ya, that's not unusual, nor will apple feel responsible for replacing it.
     
  13. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Just make sure you don't get just any old replacement battery- buy from a reliable source and a reliable brand. There are so many junk batteries out there for electronics and you read in the news about all the batteries that explode- usually (not all) of them are either cheap replacements or a conterfit of a brandname battery. I would go apple, but I have to say the Newer stuff loooks nice too. My wife's iBook battery is failing and is about the same age- a 100% charge takes her 25 minutes to drain using wireless and safari and mail. Two months ago it lasted 1.5 hours running a DVD. Days are numbered!!!:mad:
     
  14. GreeneGirl7 macrumors regular

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    I read somewhere on the Apple site that they will replace the battery within the first year if it goes down to under 50% capacity, especially if you have average or less than average number of load cycles.
     

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