(Old) battery not charging

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ja Di ksw, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

    Apr 9, 2003
    Hi everyone. I have a PowerBook G4 with a fairly old battery (not sure exactly, maybe around two years). Recently, the battery went from a maximum of holding about 16% (compared to original) charge to 12% to not holding any charge. If the computer isn’t plugged in, it won’t even stay in sleep mode, it will just shut off. When I click on the little symbol in the upper right corner of the screen, it says “Battery is not charging” even when it is plugged in. I’ve had really old batteries before and they would barely hold any charge, but never before has it said “Batter is not charging” while it’s plugged in.

    I’m wondering if there is any way to tell if this is just a bad battery, or if perhaps something is wrong with the way the computer charges the battery. I’d like to order a new battery, but I don’t want to pay a bunch of € and have the computer not be able to recharge it. Any advice? I don’t have any spare batteries to try, obviously, or I’d just plug those in.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
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    Jan 13, 2008

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