Should I store my collection with the PRAM battery installed?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Nice, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. Nice macrumors regular

    Nice

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    Hi guys, I was wondering about this. The more I browse videos about oldes Macs, the more I see videos about damages caused by battery leakage.

    I have more than 15 Macs in my collection, and was wondering if I should take out the PRAM batteries and only keed it in the ones I use..

    Any thoughts??

    Thank you guys in advance!!!
     
  2. Eriamjh1138@DAN macrumors 6502

    Eriamjh1138@DAN

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    As batteries generally go, removal is always best for safe storage. However, I've yet to see a Mac PRAM battery leak. Granted, I've not opened up machines that are more than 10-15 years old.

    If easily removed, do it. If you have to tear it down, it's your choice.
     
  3. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I've seen very few "G" era computers(barring obscure ones like the Kanga) with leaky battery. They're usually just dead.

    With that said, I've seen a few with the red Maxwell batteries that are prone to leak.

    With that said, the consequences of a leaking battery can be a dead computer. I have a Classic in my collection that's not economically repairable because of a battery leak.

    So, I don't take chances. Few of the computers in my collection have PRAM batteries. My Mac II has batteries(new ones) because it must have working batteries to boot. A few of my G4s have CPU upgrades with patched firmware, and they have good batteries. Aside from that, I leave them out.
     
  4. ziggy29 macrumors 6502

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    If I don't expect to use it for several weeks, even months, at a time (or more) I will take them out if it doesn't require significant "surgery". I've never had a problem with a leaky PRAM battery in a Mac, but why take chances on the models where removing it is a very easy precaution?
     
  5. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    Does this affect mobile devices too? I have some phones, smartphones and an eBook reader I would like to keep for years and years... These devices have SOCs (system on a chip), so due to the dimension it would be much harder to do that.
     

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