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Notebooks Laptop Batteries (Powerbook)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tomm, 3 Nov 2009.

  1. Tomm

    Tomm I also ride trials :¬)

    12 Apr 2004
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    My Powerbook is slowly dieing. The battery life has dropped from a once-impressive 5 hours to around 20 minutes. I am in two minds as to whether I should buy a new battery for it - Apple want to charge me £87 which seems extortionate given that the machine is probably worth only twice that amount.

    My question: Can I buy a replacement laptop battery from another place that will be as good as the Apple-branded one? I have found them on eBay for as little as £30, but are these a false economy?

    Secondly does anyone have an recommendations for manufacturers / retailers that are well-known for making decent aftermarket batteries?

    For what it's worth my Laptop is a 12" Powerbook G4/1.5GHz PPC/768mb.
  2. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

    30 Jan 2007
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    On non-official replacement batteries: I got one relatively cheaply about 18 months ago for my old laptop. It started out fine, restoring the 4-5 hour battery life but over this summer it started getting a bit rubbish, ~2 hours I suppose and it just cut out after 40%. Forward to the end of the summer and you got about 10 minutes out of it.

    I was rather disappointed because it now ties you to a particular seat in the sitting room but its not used enough to change it. So be wary with ones that you don't completely trust.

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