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zen
22nd August 2004, 06:13 PM
I've had recently joined the Apple scene and having a good time with it, I must say this powerbook is by far the best piece of hardware I've gotten myself lately.

As much as enjoying my powerbook, what is the best way to take care of the notebook battery? I use this baby quite frequently at home as my desktop replacement and I've been told constantly leaving the machine plugged into the AC will damage the battery in the long run! :( Should I disconnect the battery while using it as my desktop? (leaving it overnight etc.) Mantainn the battery at a sertain charge?

This has probably got nothing to do with anything but I've blown a PC notebook battery aprox 2 years ago from overheating... So far I havn't got much luck with notebook batteries...

What to do?! :unsure:

Ozi
22nd August 2004, 06:30 PM
um well unless your laptop battery is one of the "incineration prone" ones, you should be OK. :lol: What I do is leave it plugged in when I am at home, but during the day at Uni the battery runs down, and the computer spends quite some time asleep with no AC power plugged in. For you I would recommend just letting the battery fully discharge occasionally, but it is totally up to you.

MightyAtom
23rd August 2004, 12:39 AM
This (http://www.apple.com/batteries/) is the official word from Apple on battery care.

Just remember to keep the electrons flowing through the battery, so use it on battery power occasionally otherwise you'll kill it. Lithium-ion batteries also have a limited number of recharge cycles so keep it on mains power most of the time to extend its effective life span, it's just a matter of finding a balance between the two.

And if you're going to store the battery for a long period of time drain it to around 50% first.

sfcoy
23rd August 2004, 04:38 PM
A definitive answer can be found at:

Apple - Batteries (http://www.apple.com/batteries/).

Steve Coy

MightyAtom
24th August 2004, 05:52 AM
Originally posted by sfcoy@Aug 23 2004, 04:38 PM
A definitive answer can be found at:

Apple - Batteries (http://www.apple.com/batteries/).

Steve Coy
So, you mean that link I posted above? ;)

zen
24th August 2004, 08:00 AM
Originally posted by MightyAtom+Aug 24 2004, 05:52 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (MightyAtom @ Aug 24 2004, 05:52 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-sfcoy@Aug 23 2004, 04:38 PM
A definitive answer can be found at:

Apple - Batteries (http://www.apple.com/batteries/).

Steve Coy
So, you mean that link I posted above? ;) [/b][/quote]
so someone has doubled it up... its okay, been a good read TWICE :lol:

thanks for the link and feedback guys

sfcoy
24th August 2004, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by MightyAtom@Aug 24 2004, 05:52 AM
So, you mean that link I posted above? ;)
Sorry mate, I never even noticed it.

I thought the "this" referred to the subsequent text.

Steve

MightyAtom
25th August 2004, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by sfcoy@Aug 24 2004, 09:28 AM
Sorry mate, I never even noticed it.
Ah no worries, I was just in a facetious mood… like usual ;)