iBook Battery

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    Shaun.P

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    I think I may have a problem with my iBook battery! When I first got it, it was at 100%, it dropped to 99%, then 95% and now it is at 93% (it went from 95% to 93% today when I left my iBook battery to completely drain and go into sleep mode).

    Is this normal? Will the capacitance increase? I have included a screen shot from Coconut battery.

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    I didnt think they dropped that fast, but simme dropoff in capacity is normal, i believe.
     
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    could be a bad battery. take it into apple and show them. your mac is still under warrenty, so no issues there.
     
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    Shamus

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    all batteries go down after a while, but not that fast. consult apple about a replacement or repair
     
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    devilot

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    FearFactor47, I'm assuming that you have already tried calibrating your battery? If so, and it still isn't performing well, maybe consider bringing it in to Apple.
     
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    Shaun.P

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    The thing is - I live in Scotland and there are no Apple shops. I have not had the computer for 4 months either, I got it on January 3rd 2006, which is just over 2 months ago.

    What should I do? Phone Apple up?

    I calibrated the battery when I got it, and also yesterday (i.e. letting the computer go into sleep mode then charge it back up? Can you have the computer on when you charge it back up?)

    I am just off the phone to Apple (on for 25 minutes). They are sending me a brand new battery, which I am really pleased about!

    :)
     
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    devilot

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    That's awesome. Glad things worked out for you. (And yes, that's how you calibrate the battery, and yes, it's all right to use the computer while it is charging.)
     
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    Shaun.P

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    Thanks! They were wanting me to remove the RAM I installed etc, I was like ''em, no!' lol.
     
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    I bought my iBook in July and it had about 90% when I bought it. It's at 85% now. I never thought anything of it, but my capacity was already 10% down when it was new. Is it too late to get it replaced by Apple? It's almost a year old now.
     
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    Shaun.P

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    I honestly don't know. I think the reason I got one was because it was really new (only 2 months). You could perhaps make a case with them if it's still under a year (you don't get new batteries after 1 year - even with Applecare).


    It is worth a shot.
     
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    Thanks, I will call them today when I get home from school.
     
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    How to Check for Free Replacement Battery

    Per my own experience with a bad battery:

    Go to Apple's home page, scroll to bottom line, click on "Important Safety Recall" (of battery), READ the info, then just follow the instructions to see if your battery qualifies. Somehow, I'd missed the news about the recall and as it turned out, my 9-month old battery was splat in the lemon range. (You'll need serial numbers, etc., for your battery so pull it out and jot down the essentials before you begin to complete the forms.)

    https://depot.info.apple.com/batteryexchange/index.html?lang=en

    My new battery arrived, all shiny and new, within 2 business days. Hurrah! ;)






    https://depot.info.apple.com/batteryexchange/index.html?lang=en
     
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    Shaun.P

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    Does it come without a box? Or is it the fully boxed version that you would buy from the Apple store?
     
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    CoMpX

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    Apple sent me a new battery! Yay! :D
     
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    New batteries all around! Yay! Lol.
     
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    Chundles

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    I got stuck on the "send request" page, clicked it three times and it finally went through. Apple sent me three batteries and no return shipping charge or any other information. I rang them and told them all about it, said someone had received 7 batteries in one delivery and that it was quite common. So far still no shipping and it's been about 2 months - I have two good batteries and one recalled battery just sitting in their boxes on my desk in the bedroom.

    I figure if they don't want them back I'm not going to put myself out to send them back - they're pretty heavy and I'm not springing for the shipping. They have my details, come and get 'em.
     
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    devilot

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    :eek: I'll spring for shipping! You can send one my way. :D
     
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    GITANAJAVA

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    Mo' batteries, mo' better! Maybe different shipping origins have different standards for returns -- mine arrived with a label, packing material, and of course the box, all with a sheet of instructions for returning the bad battery. *IF* you wanted to return the extra batteries and you'd received the same "return kit" I did, it would be a simple, no-cost way to return the extras. ;-)
     
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    Chundles

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    That's what they said they'd send to me but all I got was three packing boxes. No labels, no instructions. Stuff em, they can have them back if they want them but so far, no correspondence.
     
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    Shamus

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    i got a battery replaced and it was in a simple cardboard box. No flash apple packaging or anything.....it doesnt really matter though...its only a battery after all.
     
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    Shaun.P

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    I receive the battery yesterday. I calibrated it and its capacity has went from 4400mAh to 4259mAh (96%). Do you think this is ok (losing 141 mAh?).
     
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    GITANAJAVA

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    So it goes sometimes. The old battery could become a conversation-starting paperweight, I suppose. We could start a new thread, "Uses for dead Mac batteries."

    :rolleyes:
     

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