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Replacement Powerbook Batteries

Message #1 - Posted 2005/01/19 - Topper

OK, so I've got a G4 TiBook 550 and I need a replacement battery...can't find anything on Apple's site at all (except batteries for the Aluminium models which I assume won't work - the link on http://www.apple.com/support/powerbook/doityourself/15ti/ simply adds an AlBook battery to my cart). There seems to be an abundance of 3rd parties offering parts but I'd like to hear from anyone who can recommend a reliable source who deals in unused batteries - there doesn't seem much point in getting a used battery from eBay if I'm just going to have to buy another in a couple of months.

TIA, Topper

Oh, and before I forget, I broke the little catch thing that keeps the Powerbook lid closed about a year ago. Various Apple resellers and whatnot have all quoted me about US$200-$300 to sort this out. Seems like a lot of cash for such a small problem, but they say the whole top chassis has to be replaced. They're dealers, and they would say that, wouldn't they...Anyone know a cheaper way or DIY option?

TIA again

Message #2 - Posted 2005/01/18 - Dave Balderstone

Previously, Topper wrote:

Oh, and before I forget, I broke the little catch thing that keeps the Powerbook lid closed about a year ago. Various Apple resellers and whatnot have all quoted me about US$200-$300 to sort this out. Seems like a lot of cash for such a small problem, but they say the whole top chassis has to be replaced. They're dealers, and they would say that, wouldn't they...Anyone know a cheaper way or DIY option?

Rubber band?

"The thing about saying the wrong words is that A, I don't notice it, and B, sometimes orange water gibbon bucket and plastic." -- Mr. Burrows

Message #3 - Posted 2005/01/19 - Topper

Rubber band?

Haw haw, Dave.

(I'm grimacing as, in truth, I've already tried it)

Message #4 - Posted 2005/01/19 - Bev A. Kupf

On Wed, 19 Jan 2005 14:05:54 +0900,
Topper (myheadfelloff@myshoulders.com) wrote:

OK, so I've got a G4 TiBook 550 and I need a replacement battery...can't find anything on Apple's site at all (except batteries for the Aluminium models which I assume won't work - the link on http://www.apple.com/support/powerbook/doityourself/15ti/ simply adds an AlBook battery to my cart). There seems to be an abundance of 3rd parties offering parts but I'd like to hear from anyone who can recommend a reliable source who deals in unused batteries - there doesn't seem much point in getting a used battery from eBay if I'm just going to have to buy another in a couple of months.

Here's the battery I have purchased for others with TiBooks: <http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/specs.aspx?EDC=340470> In my experience CDW is a reliable vendor -- maybe a little pricier than other vendors though.

OWC (also a good vendor) sells Newer Tech batteries for Powerbooks. The one you want is:
<http://eshop.macsales.com/Catalog_Item.cfm?ID=7095&Item=NWTBAPT4800LI>

Beverly

Many a smale maketh a grate -- Geoffrey Chaucer

Message #5 - Posted 2005/01/18 - Doug Anderson

Topper <myheadfelloff@myshoulders.com> writes:

OK, so I've got a G4 TiBook 550 and I need a replacement battery...can't find anything on Apple's site at all (except batteries for the Aluminium models which I assume won't work - the link on http://www.apple.com/support/powerbook/doityourself/15ti/ simply adds an AlBook battery to my cart). There seems to be an abundance of 3rd parties offering parts but I'd like to hear from anyone who can recommend a reliable source who deals in unused batteries - there doesn't seem much point in getting a used battery from eBay if I'm just going to have to buy another in a couple of months.

TIA, Topper

Oh, and before I forget, I broke the little catch thing that keeps the Powerbook lid closed about a year ago. Various Apple resellers and whatnot have all quoted me about US$200-$300 to sort this out. Seems like a lot of cash for such a small problem, but they say the whole top chassis has to be replaced. They're dealers, and they would say that, wouldn't they...Anyone know a cheaper way or DIY option?

Expoxy two square of velcro (the rought parts) - one to the top of the lid, one underneath.

Take a long enough piece of the other type of velcro (the soft part) to go between these two squares, and attach it to the bottom (you can just leave it on there) and then velcro the damn lid shut.

I've found this a reasonable strategy!

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