Very useful app for 'book owners.

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  1. lordmac macrumors regular

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    Hey I personally just discovered this cool and very useful little app called coconut battery which tells you how much capacity you 'books battery has lost sense it was new and few other little bits of useful info like how old ur 'book is.

    Now I know some of you probably already know of and use this app sense i saw it's name mentioned a few places on threads when I did a forum search for it to make sure something like this wasn't posted before this (which there did not seem to be so). But i just wanted to make this oh so useful known to all the 'book owners out there. :)

    Also thought it would be kind of fun if everyone posted there batteries current capacity and how long they have had it and ill make a line graph or something to show how fast apple 'book batteries lose life. Course it wont be anything very precise but still kind of fun too see. :) Here is what mine has:

    Original Battery Capacity: 4200 mAh
    Current Battery Capacity: 2870 mAh
    so it has 68% of its original capacity
    battery- loadcycles: 488
    Age of my Mac: 28 months
    :)
     
  2. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    Cool thanks for that, first time i heard about it. Well here's mine, the battery is new. It was from the battery recall program not to long ago.
     

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  3. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Thanks Lordmac that's pretty funky.

    2 months old!
    99% current battery capacity.
    33 batteryload-cycles.
     
  4. tangerineyum macrumors 6502

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    Everyone is gonna love how well my battery performs.
     

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  5. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    This is a really cool app. Thanks for posting this thread! My battery's not doing too bad. It reports the age of my Mac at 11 months, but it's actually not quite that old (going on 10 months).
     

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  6. .:*Robot Boy*:. macrumors 6502

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    Wow. Although my PowerBook is 7 months old, I got this battery through the exchange program a couple of months ago and it's already down to 90% :eek:
     

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  7. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    It's the number of load cycles that really wears the battery out, not the age. 100 load cycles is pretty high for a couple months. If you got it 3 months ago, that means you've gone through about a full cycle every day.
     
  8. After G macrumors 68000

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    Here's my results.
     

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  9. nightdweller25 macrumors 6502

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    Don't wanna ruin the fun or hijack the thread, but System Profiler already tells you the maximum capacity and how much you have left.
     
  10. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    What do you know... even after lurking around for a year, I still get to know more new stuff about my mac.
     
  11. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks for the tip. I just checked... If you go into System Profiler, on the left hand side, select Power, and then scroll down a bit on the main viewing area... I've got on my 12" 1.33GHz PB G4:

    Battery Information:
    Battery Installed: Yes
    First low level warning: No
    Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 4144
    Remaining Capacity (mAh): 4064
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 12505
    Cycle Count: 61

    Not bad for a one year old laptop! :cool: Right? :confused:
     
  12. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    ahhhhhhhhh! just what i need! my old g3 lombard won't boot from battery, have been wondering if the actually charging unit in the laptop is busted, or if it's the battery... excellent way for me to test now :D
     
  13. Applespider macrumors G4

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    It's only in System Profiler if you've got Tiger - just as a warning to Panther owners who think they're going blind.

    The other thing that it doesn't tell you is what your original capacity was. My 15" started with 4200 and is now around 3800 after 18 months. I think the 12" start a little higher at 4500 or 4700 and work down from there. But yes, since I think you're supposed to have 300 cycles or so, you're doing OK!
     
  14. njmac macrumors 68000

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    I will install that app to check it out. for now here is my battery info from capacity meter:
    BTW, I just bought my new battery on Sunday! The other one was about 5% capacity.
     
  15. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks Applespider, you always know your stuff! :D I just DLed coconut battery:
     

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    So what counts as a load cycle? I tend to use the power adapter whenever I can, and I only let my remaining battery time dip below 1 hour on very rare occasions.

    It seems that my Current Battery Capacity has just dropped to 3955mAh from the 3988mAh I posted five and a half hours ago and I've been using the adapter all night!
     

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  18. iSaint macrumors 603

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    year old iBook
     

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  19. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    Can you get Coconut Battery for Panther??

    I notice on their website there are some different versions, but can't find any where to download these earlier ones?? If not, anyone know of similar software??

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  20. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know about other software-- but check out this , it has a command you can enter (copy and paste) into Terminal, so that you can see that info anyway. Hope that helps.

    Here is that command:

    ioreg -l | grep -i IOBatteryInfo

    Give it a shot.
     
  21. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, will try straight away.

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  22. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm interested in this as well. I normally leave my ibook plugged in when it's sitting on the desk, if I do some running around or couch/bedroom stuff, it gets plugged back in in the morning, am I doing it the wrong/bad way?
     
  23. emw macrumors G4

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    Thanks! Works for me - unfortunately it tells me I'm at 3682 maximum capacity! :(

    Well, I guess for a nearly 3 year old battery, that's not so bad.
     
  24. stridey macrumors 65816

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  25. zv470 macrumors 6502

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    If you're gonna graph the results, shouldn't you graph them against Age/LoadCycles/MaximumCharge?
     

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