Macbook late 2008 unibody aluminum battery/charger problem

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  1. 4zuresky macrumors member

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    Hey guys, I think I either have a problem with the macbook battery or it could be my non-apple magsafe charger that is the problem here. I'll first show you my battery stats:

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: 9G8430DLJ13DB
    Manufacturer: DP
    Device Name: bq20z951
    Pack Lot Code: 0
    PCB Lot Code: 0
    Firmware Version: 002a
    Hardware Revision: 5
    Cell Revision: 100
    Charge Information:
    Charge Remaining (mAh): 146
    Fully Charged: No
    Charging: Yes
    Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 3471
    Health Information:
    Cycle Count: 597
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 2052
    Voltage (mV): 11451

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Automatic Restart on Power Loss: No
    Wake on AC Change: No
    Wake on Clamshell Open: Yes
    Wake on LAN: Yes
    Current Power Source: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    PrioritizeNetworkReachabilityOverSleep: 0
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Wake on AC Change: No
    Wake on Clamshell Open: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Reduce Brightness: Yes

    Hardware Configuration:

    UPS Installed: No

    AC Charger Information:

    Connected: Yes
    ID: 0x0100
    Wattage (W): 85
    Revision: 0x0000
    Family: 0x00ba
    Serial Number: 0x00a0caf9
    Charging: Yes

    This computer is nearly 5 years old and just recently put in a SSD to make it a beast again.

    My original magsafe charger broke so I bought one from amazon and it was fine until my computer shut down intermittently. I've also noticed the light for the magsafe charger would not be amber or green when its plugged in the computer and outlet.

    Would this be a battery or charger problem? Thanks for all the help!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Since it seems to be an 85 W adapter, it is too much current, as the MacBook has a 60 W adapter and the 85 W adapter from Apple is sophisticated enough to charge 60 W or 45 W device appropriately.

    Do you have the money to buy an original Apple 60 W power adapter and see, if that solves your problem?
     
  3. 4zuresky thread starter macrumors member

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    I bought a 60 W Macbook charger from amazon, but I guess it's bad at limiting the amount of power to the macbook. Ill look into the apple charger. I'll update again.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    The charger you use though is shown as being an 85 W charger, thus my assumptions.

     
  5. 4zuresky thread starter macrumors member

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    Ohh! I thought you had to use some kind of mathematical equation using watts and amps haha. Thanks for the insight!
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Also, be careful with your chargers, you can fry your Magsafe port if too much current flows.
     
  7. 4zuresky thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for all the help. I ended buying apple's proprietary magsafe charger for 60W and it works perfectly now. Never again will I get a third party charger since it fails quickly and the wattage is not as it advertises.
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Yeah, with a $2000 computer, I' pretty sure no one wants to risk a burnt component.
     

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