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Refreshing Powerbook Battery?

Message #1 - Posted 2004/06/07 - Danny Parker

Hi everyone.

I bought a 800Mhz Titanium Powerbook about 2 years ago. Over the past year or so, I have noticed that the battery has gradually lost its power. Now it is to the point where the battery cannot hold any power at all.

Is it at all possible to refresh the battery?

Is this common for Powerbook batteries or have I done something to affect this. If so, how can I avoid this situation in the future? Do I need to buy a new battery?

TIA,

Danny

Message #2 - Posted 2004/06/07 - Jason Pickard

There has been a lot of discussion on this matter. I would be willing to wager that you have a Li-Ion battery, or lithium ion battery. You can probably look on the battery itself somewhere, or check the specifications on-line. The advantage with this battery is that you can get longer runtimes out of them versus the older Nickel Metal Hydride batteries, and they don't have problems with "memory effects" where the battery refuses to charge above a certain level even when it is brand new. The problem with this battery is that it only has so many discharge/recharge cycles in it, and once you go past the limit, and it varies on use, it will no longer hold a charge at all. From what I have been reading about 2-3 years is about all you can expect out of these batteries before this happens to them. My guess is that you need a new battery. I really wish that someone can work out this problem as I write this from my powerbook, not looking forward to the day when my battery gives up the farm.

Jason

On 6/7/04 8:09 AM, in article 070620042209338925%dparker@bigpond.net.au, Danny Parker wrote:

Hi everyone.

I bought a 800Mhz Titanium Powerbook about 2 years ago. Over the past year or so, I have noticed that the battery has gradually lost its power. Now it is to the point where the battery cannot hold any power at all.

Is it at all possible to refresh the battery?

Is this common for Powerbook batteries or have I done something to affect this. If so, how can I avoid this situation in the future? Do I need to buy a new battery?

TIA,

Danny

To respond to me remove the noway and nospam in my address. Jason Pickard

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