Powerbook 12-inch batteries - third party?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by powerbook911, May 17, 2008.

  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    My Powerbook 12-inch needs a new battery *again*. They don't seem to be very good. They lose a lot of capacity quickly.

    I was considering at third party battery. Is this consider dangerous, risky to the computer? I thought about saving by doing this.

    Or, I thought about spending the same amount and getting Other World Computing's, which has a bit more capacity than the official battery. Any experiences with those?

  2. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    OWC makes good batteries and they're a great company. The iBook battery I had was excellent. You'd make a good choice going through them.
  3. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I'm in the same situation - looking for a replacement PB G4 12" battery. This will be my fourth replacement!

    Anyway, decided to have a look on Froogle for a decent deal in the UK. Found a lot of websites offering third-party batteries. Unfortunately, most of them seem to be wishing me a "Merry Christmas" (in May!) which makes me think my credit card may start logging spurious transactions from Colombia...

    Anyone offer some guidance here?
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If your out of warranty, then yes a third party battery makes sense; there are different quality controls (if any) for third party batteries, so be wary; don't buy it 'cause it's cheaper.
  5. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Ok, seems like it's down to an Apple Battery, or OWC.

    Does OWC's match completely 100 percent? Is the outside bottom made of aluminium just like the Powerbook, and does the rubber foot look basically the same?

    For basically the same cost, be nice to get the extra capacity, if it looks pretty much identical?

  6. Tholian macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2007
    I've used OWC many times for batteries and they make quality products. I've not used them for your model, but every time I have used them they have matched the machine I was buying for very well.

    Hope this helps.

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