PowerBook 12" Battery Replacement

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Justin122, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. Justin122 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all

    I have a 2006 1.5 GHz PB G4 and need to replace the battery as its current health status according to coconutBattery is 21%. I found a brand new Apple one online, however the battery seems to have the same model number as one of the types that was recalled in 2005 due to shorting/overheating issues. My PB/sourced part are internationally-based. Should I go ahead and order this battery or are there better replacement options available? Thanks!
     
  2. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Getting a NewerTech battery would be your best bet
     
  3. flyrod macrumors 6502

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    There isn't really such a thing. That battery would be 10+ years old, and its current condition would depend a lot on how it was stored. If it's cheap then it's worth a try. The cheap ones on ebay are generally about half capacity. I ended up re-celling an old one to get a good replacement:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/12-powerbook-battery-info-and-upgrades.1932355/
     
  4. Justin122 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This looks interesting, great read. I would prefer to buy an aftermarket battery, like a NewerTech, but they've stopped producing them. Would you recommend this fix to a novice DIY-er, or just take my chances with an aftermarket?
     
  5. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    If you buy quality cells, you'd have much better luck with the DIY method as long as you're careful. I haven't recelled a laptop battery before, but it doesn't look too bad compared to some stuff I worked on in the past.

    I say go for it
     

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