Sound like a Duff Battery?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Bakey, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. Bakey macrumors 6502

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    Hi there,

    I've had my iBook G4 800 for a little over two years and all has been sound and dandy.

    Over the last week or so I've noticed a rapid decline in battery life; it now averages around 30 to 40 minutes at best, and this is with "Better Battery Life" selected as default. Once the battery charge meter reader hits 26% it very quickly warns me that I'm running on reserve and it's gone!!

    Does this sound like knackered cells and typical of a two year old battery? Or... are there any emerging issues with 10.4.4 and false battery readings??

    Ta very much -- any advice or thoughts would be very much appreciated!!
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Have you calibrated the battery recently? Calibrating the battery means completely discharging it until it falls asleep and then completely charging it up again. :)
     
  3. Bakey thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi Mad Jew, within a minute or two of it hitting the "reserve power warning" it goes to sleep! So I'm kind of assuming it has already been calibrated as a result!?

    If not, what would you recommend as a means of ensuring calibration has taken place before a complete re-charge?

    Many thanks in advance... ;)
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Well, to calibrate it you have to charge it until the little adaptor light goes green afterwards too, it's not just a matter of discharging it. I guess the next step is to reset the PMU. :)
     
  5. Bakey thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, bit of an update... I've reset the PMU, ran the iBook 'til it shut itself down and proceeded with a full re-charge [two or three times] -- and although the battery meter is now recommending some 74 minutes of remaining juice it still shuts down very rapidly when the meter hits around 30%.

    But, having said this is does seem a little better!!

    The iBook and battery are a little over 2 years old; I'm kinda guessing this is good old wear and tear!!

    Thanks again... ;)
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    How terribly strange. I would have thought the PMU reset would either fix it or not, but I wouldn't have thought it'd half help. Maybe reset your PRAM, if only to pass the time. Actually, it might help. :p

    Is there any way you could test this thing with a different iBook? Could you swap batteries with a friend or someone? It might help determine if it's a battery or computer problem (my guess is battery).
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Test it?

    This is standard issue dead battery. This is how Li-Ion batteries work, whether you use it a lot or not. Calibrating it after every 20 times you use it on battery power would help, and charing it even when you have 41% battery life (just an example value) remaining is also good for the battery. You don't have to drain it down to 0% before recharging it. That's old skool stuff and current NiMH batteries. Li-Ions found in mobile phones, laptops, and digital cameras don't have this issue.

    So...

    Oh yeah!!
     
  8. Bakey thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot for the advice chaps - I guess I'm going to have to resign to the fact that it's a "duffer"!

    It's still doing the weird countdown to 29%/30% then dropping into sleep mode -- just as an after thought are batteries covered under AppleCare? [I know this thread is a little old and should be retired so I'll have a good look around with regards to this last question!]

    Many thanks once again... ;)
     

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