New MacBook External Battery Solutions

Antonio72

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Sep 24, 2006
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Being the gadget fanatic that I am, I've recently discovered and figured that some of you might appreciate to know that the folks at www.batterygeek.net have just introduced several brand new external laptop battery power solutions for all the new MacBook 13 inch and MacBook Pro laptops.

In order for thier laptop battery solution to work however you must request from them the custom MacBook connector cable and tip at the time of your order.

I got thier new highest capacity 140Wh Portable Power Station model which is compatible with my MacBook, iPod video and smart phone. It powers my MacBook for an additional 6+ hours and my iPod video for days. So far so good.
 

Tosser

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Jan 15, 2008
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Read the fine print, the battery geek battery doesn't recharge the MacBook internal battery.

"Does the External Battery Recharge the MacBook/Pro's Internal Battery?
Battery Geek's external battery packs only act as an external power source for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Unlike other laptops, the internal battery on the MacBook and MacBook Pro will not recharge when connected to our external battery packs."

HyperMac battery does.


And you consider that a good thing? One battery charging another battery equals inefficiency in my mind. You run your battery dead, and then instead of having another battery to use, you have another battery to use to charge. This means that the most efficient way of using your battery is to use the external pack first and only after the external have been used, one should use the internal. Otherwise you will be wasting energy charging the internal and thus get lesser battery time. How many of the Ah is wasted doing that?
 

Tosser

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Jan 15, 2008
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3 advantages of having the recharging capability of HyperMac external battery

1) If your internal battery is flat and you are using battery geek, you will lose your work when the MagSafe connection accidentally breaks and everyone knows that MagSafe will come off with the slightest tuck. HyperMac prevents that scenario by recharging the internal battery while powering the MacBook, just like your original AC adapter.

2) Again say you are running exclusively on battery geek. You also risk losing your work if battery geek becomes flat. That is because your MacBook assumes it is connected to AC power and will not issue any battery warnings when battery geek is low on power.

3) You can use HyperMac to recharge the MacBook while it is off, so whenever necessary, you can leave the HyperMac behind. With battery geek, you have to carry it wherever your MacBook goes. Because if your internal battery is flat, you lose your power the moment battery geek disconnects.

So it seems the only "safe" way to use the battery geek is to have an internal battery with a decent amount of charge at all times. I don't think HyperMac will lose much energy efficiency to bring this decent amount of charge to full charge and once the internal battery is fully charged, all of HyperMac energy goes to powering the MacBook.

When at home, you can recharge HyperMac and power/recharge your MacBook at the same time in such a way that HyperMac replaces your original MacBook AC adapter. Battery geek can't do that.

Lastly, you can actually set the MacBook power settings in such a way that AC power doesn't charge the internal battery in order to downgrade HyperMac to battery geek functionality.

In any way you see it, HyperMac is still more versatile.
Since double posting is frowned upon I won't do it this time even if you have revived old threads to post the same c/p in. I'll make do with linking you to this:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=7589750&postcount=16
 

ncdasa

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May 11, 2009
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I dont know if this is the right place to ask this, but i figure it is close enough.

Does anyone know if you can buy one the other companies "non-mac supporting" batteries like this one and then just buy a macbook compatible mag-safe connector (like this one), and connect it to your macbook? :rolleyes:

And just for the record, I am not trying to be crooked, irresponsible, or cheap here but I mean as long typing the words "mac compatible" on any kind of product, whether it be a piece of rubber to put on your keyboard to an external battery to power your computer, means that people will charge at least double what everyone else does for a similar product, I think it is safe to say that a lot of people will be willing to into feasible workarounds. :)

Let me know what you all think...

EDIT: Actually I just checked the price of the linked mag-safe connector, and seeing as how they have thought ahead (i.e already considered what I am proposing) an made that little wire 100$ (which is more than it costs to buy an entire new adaptor from apple directly), the 100$ you would save by buying a different companies battery becomes redundant. pshhh... what a bunch bull$#!† , an :apple: logo is like a target that says "RAPE MY WALLET :)"
 

GADGETMAN72

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Dec 8, 2009
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Battery Geek Batteries DO RECHARGE the MacBook Internal Batteries

HyperMac is obviously giving out false information to everyone to artificially inflate their own sales because the Battery Geek external MacBook batteries DO recharge the internal MacBook batteries. I know because I own a Battery Geek MacBook battery pack and it works flawlessly on my MacBook Pro and also with my iPhone in addition to my PC laptop. From Battery Geek I also got free shipping, a really nice free leather/canvas carry case for my battery pack and even a free portable laptop cooling pad. Also, it clearly states this recharging capability info on the BatteryGeek.net website. So, it sounds like you need to start reading the fine print there Mr. HyperMac and stop trash talking your competition and lying to people. Also, Mr. HyperMac you are claiming on your website that you are "The world's only external battery that works with all MacBooks and iPhones" which is another obvious lie in addition to all of your battery runtime charts which are way overstated.

Read the fine print, the battery geek battery doesn't recharge the MacBook internal battery.

"Does the External Battery Recharge the MacBook/Pro's Internal Battery?
Battery Geek's external battery packs only act as an external power source for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Unlike other laptops, the internal battery on the MacBook and MacBook Pro will not recharge when connected to our external battery packs."

HyperMac battery does.
 

ParContre

macrumors newbie
May 9, 2011
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HyperMac doesn't work

Based on my experience, I would not recommend the HyperMac to anyone. It seems to have some kind of interrupter that constantly shuts the battery down. I find that whenever I unplug the HyperMac, or just close my MacBook, the charge on the HyperMac goes to zero. Then when I get home, as soon as I plug in the HyperMac for charging, it is instantly 100% charged. I sent the first one back for repair/replacement, and the replacement has exactly the same problem. Hopefully they will give me a refund, otherwise it's $350 down the drain, not to mention the aggravation and wasted time. Has anyone out there actually used the products from Battery Geeks, do they work on a reliable basis?