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Powerbook PRAM batteries

Message #1 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Tim Hodgson

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

TimH
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Message #2 - Posted 2008/10/17 - SteveH

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Have you tried Malcom at www.pbfanatic.co.uk ?

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Message #3 - Posted 2008/10/17 - David Kennedy

On 17/10/08 17:12, Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Try this

<http://www.ifixit.com/PowerBook-Parts/G4-Aluminum-15-Inch-1-1-25-1-33-1-5-GHz-PRAM-Battery/IF154-017>

Message #4 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Jon B

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

There are, and they work out at £70 all in from VIS.

I can get hold of a used one, works out @ £40. Comes with a 3month warranty.

Jon B
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Message #5 - Posted 2008/10/17 - David Kennedy

On 17/10/08 17:12, Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Or this

<http://www.applemacparts.co.uk/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=922-6000&x=9&y=8>

Message #6 - Posted 2008/10/17 - David Kennedy

On 17/10/08 17:23, David Kennedy wrote:

On 17/10/08 17:12, Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Or this

<http://www.applemacparts.co.uk/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=922-6000&x=9&y=8>

Woops!

<http://www.applemacparts.co.uk/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=922-6007&x=0&y=0>

Might be better.

Message #7 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Tim Hodgson

David Kennedy wrote:

On 17/10/08 17:12, Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Try this

<http://www.ifixit.com/PowerBook-Parts/G4-Aluminum-15-Inch-1-1-25-1-33-1-5-GHz -PRAM-Battery/IF154-017>

Used, though, and they've been out of stock since I first checked weeks ago.

TimH
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Message #8 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Tim Hodgson

SteveH wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Have you tried Malcom at www.pbfanatic.co.uk ?

No, but I thought he only dealt in used stuff?

TimH
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Message #9 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Tim Hodgson

David Kennedy wrote:

On 17/10/08 17:23, David Kennedy wrote:

On 17/10/08 17:12, Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Or this

<http://www.applemacparts.co.uk/store/advanced_search_result.php? keywords=922-6000&x=9&y=8>

Woops!

<http://www.applemacparts.co.uk/store/advanced_search_result.php? keywords=922-6007&x=0&y=0>

Might be better.

Ah, thanks. £51 + VAT though! Seems a little, um, 'extortionate' is probably the word I'm looking for.

TimH
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Message #10 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Tim Hodgson

Jon B wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

There are, and they work out at £70 all in from VIS.

I can get hold of a used one, works out @ £40. Comes with a 3month warranty.

Thanks Jon. Not sure at the moment whether the extra £20 or so for a new one would be justified. Is that the whole assembly or just the battery itself?

TimH
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Message #11 - Posted 2008/10/17 - SteveH

Tim Hodgson wrote:

SteveH wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Have you tried Malcom at www.pbfanatic.co.uk ?

No, but I thought he only dealt in used stuff?

I emailed him a couple of days ago about a Pismo PRAM battery - which he has new from stock.

So definitely worth asking.

SteveH 'You're not a real petrolhead unless you've owned an Alfa Romeo' www.italiancar.co.uk - Alfa 156 TSpark Sportwagon Veloce Selespeed Alfa 156 TSpark Lusso - Alfa 75 TSpark Lusso - Ducati 750SS

Message #12 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Tim Hodgson

SteveH wrote:

Have you tried Malcom at www.pbfanatic.co.uk ?

No, but I thought he only dealt in used stuff?

I emailed him a couple of days ago about a Pismo PRAM battery - which he has new from stock.

So definitely worth asking.

Thanks - will do.

TimH
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Message #13 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Jon B

SteveH wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

SteveH wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

Have you tried Malcom at www.pbfanatic.co.uk ?

No, but I thought he only dealt in used stuff?

I emailed him a couple of days ago about a Pismo PRAM battery - which he has new from stock.

So definitely worth asking.

Pismo's newertech now do copies, which you can get about half the price of new ones for the Alu's.

Jon B
Above email address IS valid.
<http://www.bramley-computers.co.uk/> Apple Laptop Repairs.

Message #14 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Jon B

Tim Hodgson wrote:

Jon B wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I've been trying to track down a new PRAM battery for a FW800 Powerbook (1.25GHz). What's the story with these? Apple don't appear to sell them, and OtherWorld Computing (usually a reliable guide) list nothing newer than a battery for the Titanium 500. I really don't fancy buying something of dubious provenance off eBay.

Surely there's a way of getting hold of new PRAM batteries? There must be plenty of Powerbooks of this vintage (3-4 years) needing one.

There are, and they work out at £70 all in from VIS.

I can get hold of a used one, works out @ £40. Comes with a 3month warranty.

Thanks Jon. Not sure at the moment whether the extra £20 or so for a new one would be justified. Is that the whole assembly or just the battery itself?

It's the whole assembly.

Jon B
Above email address IS valid.
<http://www.bramley-computers.co.uk/> Apple Laptop Repairs.

Message #15 - Posted 2008/10/17 - SteveH

Jon B wrote:

No, but I thought he only dealt in used stuff?

I emailed him a couple of days ago about a Pismo PRAM battery - which he has new from stock.

So definitely worth asking.

Pismo's newertech now do copies, which you can get about half the price of new ones for the Alu's.

Where can you buy in the UK? - shipping from the US doubles the price of the battery.

SteveH 'You're not a real petrolhead unless you've owned an Alfa Romeo' www.italiancar.co.uk - Alfa 156 TSpark Sportwagon Veloce Selespeed Alfa 156 TSpark Lusso - Alfa 75 TSpark Lusso - Ducati 750SS

Message #16 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Jon B

SteveH wrote:

Jon B wrote:

No, but I thought he only dealt in used stuff?

I emailed him a couple of days ago about a Pismo PRAM battery - which he has new from stock.

So definitely worth asking.

Pismo's newertech now do copies, which you can get about half the price of new ones for the Alu's.

Where can you buy in the UK? - shipping from the US doubles the price of the battery.

From Malc, or me, for about £25

Jon B
Above email address IS valid.
<http://www.bramley-computers.co.uk/> Apple Laptop Repairs.

Message #17 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Tim Hodgson

Jon B wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

Jon B wrote:

I can get hold of a used one, works out @ £40. Comes with a 3month warranty.

Thanks Jon. Not sure at the moment whether the extra £20 or so for a new one would be justified. Is that the whole assembly or just the battery itself?

It's the whole assembly.

ok, thanks. The main battery needs replacing anyway, so given the cost of the PRAM battery, I think I'll do the main one first, just in case the date/time misbehaviour I'm seeing is a side-effect of it being knackered. If not, I'll probably come back to you for the PRAM battery.

Thanks to all for help.

TimH
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Message #18 - Posted 2008/10/17 - Jon B

Tim Hodgson wrote:

Jon B wrote:

Tim Hodgson wrote:

Jon B wrote:

I can get hold of a used one, works out @ £40. Comes with a 3month warranty.

Thanks Jon. Not sure at the moment whether the extra £20 or so for a new one would be justified. Is that the whole assembly or just the battery itself?

It's the whole assembly.

ok, thanks. The main battery needs replacing anyway, so given the cost of the PRAM battery, I think I'll do the main one first, just in case the date/time misbehaviour I'm seeing is a side-effect of it being knackered. If not, I'll probably come back to you for the PRAM battery.

Thanks to all for help.

OK, can do Newertech 55wh or Apple 46wh batteries ;)

Jon B
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<http://www.bramley-computers.co.uk/> Apple Laptop Repairs.

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