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Dead battery

Message #1 - Posted 2005/07/04 - Ian

A lot of the second hand G3 Powerbook's on eBay need new battery packs as they don't hold a charge.
If you run a Powerbook on mains all the time with a dead battery, will it do any damage.
I'm worried that as the Powebook will be constantly trying to charge the battery it may overheat and do damage to the main board or something. Would it be better to remove the battery altogether and just run it from the mains.

Cheers
Ian

Message #2 - Posted 2005/07/04 - Rifty

Ian wrote:

A lot of the second hand G3 Powerbook's on eBay need new battery packs as they don't hold a charge. If you run a Powerbook on mains all the time with a dead battery, will it do any damage. I'm worried that as the Powebook will be constantly trying to charge the battery it may overheat and do damage to the main board or something.

I think that's unlikely; I've never heard of anything like that happening - but others may have some experience with this.

Would it be better to remove the battery altogether and just run it from

the mains.

Obviously if the battery can be removed and the computer still operates without it in, then this would surely be the safest way. But if you were happy about leaving the battery in there and if it shows no visible signs of damage, it may be that the battery holds enough charge to get you through a small blackout.

That's what I really liked about my laptop when working in countries where the power would go on and off 10 times a day (on a good day!) The battery just took over.

Rifty

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