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Powerbook - real-world battery?

Message #1 - Posted 2004/07/16 - zoara

What's the real-world battery life of a current 15" Powerbook, if it's used for basic tasks (email, web) rather than battery-sapping tasks (audio encoding, playing DVDs)? 3 hours?

Do they still let you swap batteries whilst asleep? (the laptop, not you)

Ta,

-z-

Message #2 - Posted 2004/07/16 - Chris Ridd

On 16/7/04 6:08 pm, in article 1gh12fc.wf3isr1s0214pN%me3@privacy.net, zoara wrote:

What's the real-world battery life of a current 15" Powerbook, if it's used for basic tasks (email, web) rather than battery-sapping tasks (audio encoding, playing DVDs)? 3 hours?

Do they still let you swap batteries whilst asleep? (the laptop, not you)

Thinking of an upgrade? ;-)

Cheers,

Chris

Message #3 - Posted 2004/07/16 - zoara

Chris Ridd wrote:

On 16/7/04 6:08 pm, in article 1gh12fc.wf3isr1s0214pN%me3@privacy.net, zoara wrote:

What's the real-world battery life of a current 15" Powerbook, if it's used for basic tasks (email, web) rather than battery-sapping tasks (audio encoding, playing DVDs)? 3 hours?

Do they still let you swap batteries whilst asleep? (the laptop, not you)

Thinking of an upgrade? ;-)

Have been for a while, long before my iBook died. That's just made me think about it a bit more, is all... :)

-z-

Wierd City - where odd things happen to the order of letters.

Message #4 - Posted 2004/07/16 - Martin

Previously, zoara wrote:

What's the real-world battery life of a current 15" Powerbook, if it's used for basic tasks (email, web) rather than battery-sapping tasks (audio encoding, playing DVDs)? 3 hours?

I'm always sapping the power so rarely get any more than 90 minutes out of it.

Do they still let you swap batteries whilst asleep? (the laptop, not you)

Don't know, but I was a bit miffed that the battery design had changed as I had a couple of spares from my old 15" :-(

Regards

Martin

Message #5 - Posted 2004/07/19 - zoara

Martin wrote:

Previously, zoara wrote:

What's the real-world battery life of a current 15" Powerbook, if it's used for basic tasks (email, web) rather than battery-sapping tasks (audio encoding, playing DVDs)? 3 hours?

I'm always sapping the power so rarely get any more than 90 minutes out of it.

'k, ta.

Do they still let you swap batteries whilst asleep? (the laptop, not you)

Don't know, but I was a bit miffed that the battery design had changed as I had a couple of spares from my old 15" :-(

It changed?

-z-

Wierd City - where odd things happen to the order of letters.

Message #6 - Posted 2004/07/19 - Martin

Previously, zoara wrote:

Martin wrote:

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Don't know, but I was a bit miffed that the battery design had changed as I had a couple of spares from my old 15" :-(

It changed?

The story is that my youngest daughter trashed a 15" boko when she tripped over the power lead and sent the thing flying on to a wooden floor. The screen snapped off - although the ribbon cable was still connected and you could prop the lid up and still use it.

I couldn't be arsed to make an insurance claim, so went an bought another boko and a spare battery.

The original boko was relegated to menial tasks analysing network traffic and monitoring the file servers etc. It was permanently attached to the mains, so I swapped the battery for a dud and had 3 batteries for my new boko.

When the office got burgled the poor old thing got nicked - so if you get offered a boko with the screen snapped off it's mine :-(

This time I made an insurance claim and got another 15" boko. But unlike the previous two which had batteries that could be removed using a sliding catch, this one has a different locking mechanism.

Martin

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