Replacement Battery Will Not Fully Charge

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  1. OldManJimbo macrumors 6502

    OldManJimbo

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    Bought a replacement battery for an iBook G4 from FastMac and it would never charge to a level higher than 75% (did the calibration process).
    Took it in and got the retailer to swap for another FastMac battery and it wouldn't charge higher than 81% - even after 10+ hours.

    Called AppleCare, they had me reset the power management module and do something with the RAM - but it looks like this isn't going to solve the problem.

    Charger ring never turns from Orange to Green.

    Has anyone had a similar experience? I think it's the battery, but before I ask for a replacement for the replacement of the replacement - I'd like to know if it could be the iBook. Seems unusual that two batteries in a row would fail in the same way.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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    Probably a faulty battery, return it and get another one.
     
  3. OldManJimbo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The folks at FastMac.com were fantastic online - they took lots of time asking questions and offering suggestions. We have finally come to the point where I am sending the battery back to them and they are going to replace it - after first fully testing the replacement to make sure it works.

    After we get the tested replacement, we can see if this is the battery or something in the iBook.
     
  4. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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    Also re-calibrate the battery.
     
  5. OldManJimbo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Did that when we first got it and then again when it was clear we were having trouble - didn;t seem to make a difference.
     
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    I hope it's that simple. AppleCare thought it could be a problem with some sort of internal thing on the iBook, but they want me to exhaust all the battery options first.
     
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    Did you also reset the PRAM(you did the PMU already)? If not, do it and see if that helps.
     
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    Yes - the AppleCare rep had me reset the PMU and PRAM - neither one changed the battery problem - which leads us to believe it's the battery.

    But the only thing that is odd is that two batteries "failed" the same way within about 5 days - it seems very unusual for two batteries to have the same problems. It could happen - a bad batch - but this is what causes me to wonder of it might not be something internal in the iBook.
     
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    I asked for one and they are sending it - my fear is that even with a new battery, if it's a problem with the iBook, I'll be right back to square one.
     
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    You might as well sell the iBook G4 (if you are having so many problems with the battery) and buy a refurbished MacBook. Your iBook G4 should sell for $500-$600. You could save up a couple more hundred dollars and buy the refurbished MacBook.
     

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