iBook G4 battery and power adaptor seem to have gone baaaad!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by littlemissinda, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009

    I bought my lovely little 12" iBook in 2005 (I think). It has been totally fine so far but a few months ago, my battery didn't keep it's charge very well and I lost more and more power till about a month ago when it only managed to keep enough power for half an hour's use. So, being quite poor at the moment I thought, OK, that's a pain but I'll just use it straight off the mains. But now the charger is not working at all, it provides juice for about 2 mins then the light on the charger jack that goes into the iBook goes off and very soon after, bye bye Mac. :(

    So, that leads to my question, when I googled iBook battery and charger, I got lots of hits for other (non-Apple) sellers of batteries and chargers. Can these cheaper versions be trusted or should I go ahead and fork out the money for proper genuine Apple products bought from the Apple shop???

    Thanks all for any and all help! :)
  2. macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I can only speak for my experiences, but the third-party charger I bought from my local Apple certified retailer was about $40 cheaper than Apple's offering, so I picked it up. When I got home and plugged it in, the first thing I noticed was a constant high-pitched whine the whole time it was charging. As well, when I connected it to my iBook, it gave off a fat spark at the connector.

    I immediately returned it and bought a real one. Spend the money.

    As for the battery, it's worth getting a new one when you can afford it. You can get ~6h of battery life out of a new one. Those things just don't stop.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009

    Thanks BlueRevolution! I thought as much, just needed someone to tell me that I was spending the money for a good reason.

    But am now also thinking I would like to buy a new Mac in September with Snow Leopard, might as well use my Education discount whilst I still can ;)

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