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Which Powerbook has the Longest Battery Life?

Message #1 - Posted 2004/01/17 - Brian Moore

I own a G3 Wallstreet. I recently replaced the battery and was surprised that it now gets almost 4 hours of battery life. I forgot how long the battery lasted when it was new. My new 17" G4 only manages about 2.5 hours. Does anyone know which powerbook gives the longest battery life on a single battery? Because of this, my Wallstreet has a new lease on life and is again my preferred 'book for long trips.

Brian Moore

Message #2 - Posted 2004/01/17 - matt neuburg

Brian Moore wrote:

I own a G3 Wallstreet. I recently replaced the battery and was surprised that it now gets almost 4 hours of battery life. I forgot how long the battery lasted when it was new. My new 17" G4 only manages about 2.5 hours. Does anyone know which powerbook gives the longest battery life on a single battery? Because of this, my Wallstreet has a new lease on life and is again my preferred 'book for long trips.

Nice thing about the Pismo is that it holds *two* of those 4-hour puppies... :) m.

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Message #3 - Posted 2004/01/17 - Bob Harris

Previously, Brian Moore wrote:

I own a G3 Wallstreet. I recently replaced the battery and was surprised that it now gets almost 4 hours of battery life. I forgot how long the battery lasted when it was new. My new 17" G4 only manages about 2.5 hours. Does anyone know which powerbook gives the longest battery life on a single battery? Because of this, my Wallstreet has a new lease on life and is again my preferred 'book for long trips.

Brian Moore

Don't know which has the longest, but I can tell you that my 14" iBook G4/1GHz has been running for about 4.5 hours this morning on battery power. I've got about 9% left at the moment. This is a 2 month old system, so the battery is still in good condition.

I've been using Wireless all morning, iChat AV audio chat with my brother, listening to internet radio (Car Talk, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, What'da ya Know, etc...), surfing the web, PPTP tunnel into work to read work email, reading news groups and replying to a few posting (like right now), etc...

I did lower my screen brightness a little, but not down to the minimum.

Bob Harris

Message #4 - Posted 2004/01/17 - No SPAM Sam

Brian Moore wrote:

I own a G3 Wallstreet. I recently replaced the battery and was surprised that it now gets almost 4 hours of battery life. I forgot how long the battery lasted when it was new. My new 17" G4 only manages about 2.5 hours. Does anyone know which powerbook gives the longest battery life on a single battery? Because of this, my Wallstreet has a new lease on life and is again my preferred 'book for long trips.

The current G4 PowerBooks are not frugal battery users - the 12" PowerBook is the best largely because it has the smallest display and slowest processor. The G4 PowerBooks have better battery life than the PowerBooks with the 14" iBook doing best because it has the largest battery.

Message #5 - Posted 2004/01/18 - Lou Pecora

Previously, matt neuburg wrote:

Nice thing about the Pismo is that it holds *two* of those 4-hour puppies... :) m.

That's one feature I loved about my old G3 PB that's missing in my new G4 (1.25GHz) one, the ability to hold two batteries. The newer one really needs it. It's a great machine, but power consumption is high, even on the frugal settings.

-- Lou Pecora
My views are my own.

Message #6 - Posted 2004/01/18 - David Magda

nospamsam.3.gkar@spamgourmet.com (No SPAM Sam) writes:

The current G4 PowerBooks are not frugal battery users - the 12" PowerBook is the best largely because it has the smallest display

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I'm currently getting about 3 hours worth on my 17". This is with WiFi, iTunes going, general surfing / e-mail and ofthen playing a CD instead of digital media files. It's also with Battery Update 1.1, and after calibrating (full drain, then full charge).

Before Battery Update 1.1 I was getting about 2 hours.

YMMV.

David Magda <dmagda at ee.ryerson.ca>, http://www.magda.ca/ Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. -- Niccolo Machiavelli, _The Prince_, Chapter VI

Message #7 - Posted 2004/01/18 - Steven Fisher

On Sat, 17 Jan 2004 15:47:21 -0800, No SPAM Sam wrote
(in message <1g7pxzh.1f67ax6ntq8sxN%nospamsam.3.gkar@spamgourmet.com>):

Brian Moore wrote:

I own a G3 Wallstreet. I recently replaced the battery and was surprised that it now gets almost 4 hours of battery life. I forgot how long the battery lasted when it was new. My new 17" G4 only manages about 2.5 hours.
Does anyone know which powerbook gives the longest battery life on a single battery? Because of this, my Wallstreet has a new lease on life and is again my preferred 'book for long trips.

The current G4 PowerBooks are not frugal battery users - the 12" PowerBook is the best largely because it has the smallest display and slowest processor. The G4 PowerBooks have better battery life than the PowerBooks with the 14" iBook doing best because it has the largest battery.

I seem to get about 3.5 hours out of my 12" AlBook. Haven't really measured it yet, that's just a feeling.

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