My iBook is Trash. Utter and Complete.

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by RUNCIBLE 2.0, Aug 6, 2002.

  1. RUNCIBLE 2.0 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2002
    I clocked the battery life of my iBook today.

    Below are the disgusting results:

    98% to 8% = 27:59 minutes.

    28 MINUTES!

    I was cheated. How is a laptop that lasts for less than thirty minutes when it's unplugged a "mobile platform"? It isn't. It's garbage. Just like mine.

    God, I'm depressed. What the hell should I do? My first thought: hurl this piece of junk right out the window, where it would make a satisfying crash on the asphalt.
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
  3. Shrek macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2002
    Nashville, Tennessee USA
  4. RUNCIBLE 2.0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2002
    Well . . .

    Sure, that's nice. But how long are these batteries supposed to last, after being fully charged?

    Does anybody know?
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Yes, yer iBook is toast. Please send it to me and I'll properly dispose of it for you. :)

  6. RUNCIBLE 2.0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2002

    Cute, Lethal. Except I'm serious. I'm not going to drop however much they're asking for new batteries if it'll only trade one horrible life-span for another. When I buy a new battery, I want to know that it can last for HOURS, not minutes. Tell me they can accomplish this.
  7. thedude macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2001
    why don't you try taking it to an apple store try using one of their batteries, and oops, just happen to forget to give it back. Besides, if you just got it, then it should be covered. My friends ibook runs for quite a while without having to be charged, and he's running cd's and mps off his HD.
  8. newmanium macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2002
    hey Runcible, my ibook had the exact same problem lasting only about 30 minutes me, the problem recides only in the battery and not the computer...take it to an apple store (if there are any near you) and get the defective piece of crap replaced, it took me nearly a year to do it and im sitting here with my new battery lasting 4 and half hours on me, its worth the trouble getting it replaced.
  9. iH8Quark macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2002
    Big Shoulders
    Re: Well . . .

    how often do you let it go almost completely dead? that will kill a battery faster than anything.
  10. ShaolinMiddleFinger macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2001
    When did you buy the iBook? I got mine last Sept. and it lasts around 2 hrs with OS X....longer on 9. It doesn't bother me though, I'm getting a free one from Apple...


    I called them up because the rubber foot on it came off and I got a whole new battery in exchange... Sweet!

    Right on Applecare!
    :D :D :D
  11. iH8Quark macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2002
    Big Shoulders
    Re: My iBook is Trash. Utter and Complete.

    haven't we already had a long conversation about the use of this term?

    no offense to any Romani. Where's IndyGopher when you need him? ;)
  12. RUNCIBLE 2.0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2002
    What's a "gypped"?

    NO idea what you're referring to, iH.

    Only teasing -- thanks for the reminder: "gypped" might be considered a mild racial slur. Since it IS a reference to the gypsies . . . anyhow. I've corrected the errant phrase.
  13. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Just out of interest... how old is the battery???

    It should last a few hours on a charge, unless you're doing ultra demanding tasks....

    When it was new did you condition it as per Apples instructions? If yes go to A if no go to B.

    A. Then it's likely a faulty battery, call Apple.
    B. Tut Tut.... tough sh*t read the instructions first.

    Is it still under it's 1 year warranty? if yes got to C if no go to D

    C. Call Apple, and get a new one sent to you........ end of problem.

    D. Buy a new one...... end of problem.
  14. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

    Ensign Paris

    Nov 4, 2001
    My TiBook will last about 3 hours on a 98% charge, I have never got it to run to its full 5 hours but this is probably how I use it. Look after your batterys you will get then get the life out of them.

  15. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    Re: Re: Well . . .

    OK, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the best way to keep a battery in good condition (ie last a long time) was to completely drain it and completely charge it every now and then. something about batteries having a 'memory'... if you never let them empty they run out quicker. Perhaps that's only with older batteries? I'm confuzzled... :confused:
  16. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Re: Re: Re: Well . . .

    As far as I know, Apple says you never need to discharge the current laptop batteries after the first intitial charge and discharge when new......

    Older Ni-Cad batteries had memories, that required you to discharge completely and then recharge (pref by a thermal charger) I don't think this applies to Apple's current range of portable batteries.......
  17. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    Re: Well . . .

    Did you bother to condition the battery when you first got your iBook??? If you didn't, then you only have yourself to blame for the batteries poor charge time. :p You MIGHT be able to get a replacement from Apple, provided it is still under warranty that is.
  18. Rajj macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2002
    32° 44' N 117° 10' W
    Which iBook is it? :confused:
    If it is one of the first editions, then go to an Apple store and they will calibrate it for free;)

    If there is no Apple Store near you, then go to Compusa.:cool:
  19. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Well . . .

    My PowerBook G4's battery has to be drained 6% before it will accept a fresh charge. Could this be regulated by "memory" in the battery? Everything I've read about these rechargeable battery technologies indicates that not letting the batteries drain completely increases their overall life span.

    PowerBook Issue described at:
  20. macstudent macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2002
    Milwaukee, WI
    my ibook

    I have an ibook 700 with 640 Ram on os X and I get at least 3 hours on average use. I have had over 4 hours with the screen dimmed.
  21. jeffberg macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2001
    "Did you bother to condition the battery when you first got your iBook"

    what is conditioning a battery?
  22. ibookin' macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    My iBook runs for over 4 hours on a charge. As many other people said, try calling Apple.

    ShaolinMiddleFinger: The little rubber foot on my battery fell off too. Does Apple seriously give you a new battery just for that?
  23. buffsldr macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2001
    Re: My iBook is Trash. Utter and Complete.

    Congratulations, Runcible 2.0, you have officially brought to a new low. You had to know the solution was to buy a new battery. Does that suck, yes, it does. But that is the state of the art for the price range you chose to pay.
  24. hydeteru macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2002
    My 600 Mhz iBook runs for an average of 4 hours after each charge. Yours must certainly be a battery fault.
  25. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    When you charge it for 24 hours then let it drian completely, then fully charge it again.

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