Powerbook Batteries... (UK)

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  1. acearchie macrumors 68040

    acearchie

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    Im sitting here on my 12" powerbook G4 nearly coming up to its 3rd birthday!

    Sadly as soon as I take the power charger out I get the reserve battery warning, this kind of makes the computer unusable as a portable! However most of the new batteries I've seen around are either cheap chinese makes or very expensive!

    I mean a £70 battery for a machine perhaps only worth 3 times that doesnt seem plausible but when I come to selling it, it would be a lot easier with new 100% power battery!

    So anyone know any cheap sites where I can get one?

    Thanks

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    1. I didn't think that eBay would be a good option but I found this battery... Can anyone tell me if these specs are reasonable of if there is anything I should look for in a battery?

    2. Just out of interest it is £90 on Apples UK site but is there anyway to find out what the specs of an apple supplied battery are?
     
  2. joefinan macrumors 6502a

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    I reckon a 12" PB would sell quite well - there's nothing like it now.

    I'd suggest looking at ditching it.
     
  3. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

    acearchie

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    I know, its suggested I could get about £400 for it since its a maxed out model, and only a few little problems!

    But it would sell better with a new battery as opposed to a battery than can last about 5 mins!

    Thanks though!
     
  4. logana macrumors 65816

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    Check with Apple about the various battery recall programmes - if your machine is 3 years old it could well be part of one of the recalls.
     
  5. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

    acearchie

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    I was only aware of one recall program which got me a new battery practically straight after getting my laptop! I will check again right now but sadly I think thats out of the question!

    Thanks for the reminder though!
     
  6. joefinan macrumors 6502a

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    I sold a 3 year old 15" PB with a totally broken screen for £320.
     
  7. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

    acearchie

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    Well there's a plus...

    If i throw my ethical responsibilities aside I could sell it on loot or eBay to someone for quite a bit if money.

    I recently saw an ibook g4 sell for £450 because he had written his article like this:

    So you never know whats possible.

    Anyway on topic: I've been searching the product number and found that from reputable retailers the lowest price is around £39 (not incl. p&p)
    And from eBay it can be about £26 (incl. p&p)

    Thanks
     
  8. logana macrumors 65816

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    £39 plus carriage is ok - if/when you sell it in eBay you can sell it with a clear conscience. Go for the reputable....

    Batteries are really almost consumables and 3 years is ok for a consumable item.
     
  9. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040

    acearchie

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    Ok thanks for the insight.

    I found an brand new drum mat hanging around my house as I got a new bigger one as they mucked up the order and i didnt have to give it back. I might sell it and buy a battery!

    Are there any side effects to buying the new battery keeping it rapped up and continue to use this battery as a placeholder when plugged in?

    Then I can sell it with a brand new battery which may get me a better price!

    What I mean is there any chance my comp would melt or self combust?

    Thanks
     

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