Why the external battery indicator?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iFanaddic, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. iFanaddic macrumors 6502a

    iFanaddic

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    This might sound like a stupid question but why would you need a battery indicator on the side? Cant you just point your cursor on the battery icon to get a percentage?
     
  2. ec51 macrumors 6502

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    Probably meant for when the comp is off...
     
  3. iFanaddic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That could be the reason.. Why didn't I think of that?! lol thanks

    EDIT: Would it even work if the computer as off?
     
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Well, the older ones do, so I assume these will too.
     
  5. jclardy macrumors 68030

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    It works while it is off, that is the point of it. You just hit the small button on the side and a few green lights turn on showing you how much juice you have left.
     
  6. eerokk macrumors newbie

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    All of the current MacBooks and MacBook Pros already have external battery indicators. The indicator has typically always been on the battery itself. It definitely works when the computer is off. To me it is always a confirmation that the battery is dead rather than another reason why the computer won't start or wake up.
     
  7. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    i liked having the indicator on the battery. that way i could tell if my spare had a charge on it
     
  8. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000

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    This is a very good point. My blackbook won't power up and the battery light comes on full hence I know it is dead.
     
  9. WhiteShadow macrumors regular

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    yeah, having the indicator directly on the battery would be nice for a spare. But for those of us with just the stock battery having to flip the machine, especially if it is being used as a desktop replacement and hooked up to an endless sea of peripherals sucks. Having it on the side seems intuitive.
     

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