Is it possible to hot swap (with out AC) batteries

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Eniregnat, Jul 4, 2003.

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    Eniregnat

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    Is it possible to hot swap (with out AC) batteries on any of the current portables?
    If not, isn’t this something that portable users want?
    I really hate having to shutdown to replace the batteries when I am not connected to an AC outlet.
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    This is something that old powerbooks are capable of-- I can't imagine they would repeal that feature. Then again, I have not heard anything about it in a long time, particularly from Apple's page... So I'd say likely, we need someone with a current laptop to test it.

    Or you could just try it...

    pnw
     
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    Eniregnat

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    This was such a good feature.
    It used to be one of the features that I looked for in a WinTel laptop.
    Now that I am a Mac person, I just miss that feature and would think that Apple would see that users need it. It doesn’t have to be a second bay, it could some sort of short-term charge up (a capacitor) that is manually activated. I once had a laptop that could hold a charge when sleeping with out a battery for a minute or so. It was a nice feature.
     
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    The manual that came with my PowerBook G4 DVI said that it can hold a charge without a battery or AC power for up to one minute in sleep mode so that you can switch batteries. I never tried it though ;)
     
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    iJon

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    i believe current powerbooks besides the 12 can do it. let us know what laptop you ahve.

    iJon
     
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    My 17" can do hot swapping, haven't checked to see how long the charge lasts after you pull the battery out. Don't feel like rebooting... :)
     
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    Kwyjibo

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    ibooks cannot do this :)
     
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    shadowfax

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    it worked great on my GHz Tibook just now, though i could have sworn i had tried it before and had it screw up. oh well. it is a nice feature!
     
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    iJon

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    put your computer to sleep and take out the battery. if it stays on it works and will only stay one for about a minute or 2, which is more than enough time to slap another battery in there.

    iJon
     

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