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Old 08-02-2009, 11:16 AM   #5
Howard Allen
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Originally Posted by Mike View Post
Apple advise fully discharging the battery every month.

Audrey left her PowerBook plugged in for a few years. Worked fine till she tried using it unplugged. The battery now only lasts 10 minutes.
Yes, I learned that the hard way. Had my MBPro for about a year and a half, never used it on battery power, had it plugged in all the time. First time I went to use it on battery power, it lasted all of 5 minutes. Now it just holds enough charge to allow a quick shutdown in the event of a power failure.

I'm vacillating about whether or not to buy a new battery--I'd most likely do the same thing, since I rarely need to use it on battery power, and it seems like a chore having to baby-sit a battery just to keep it alive and kicking.

Seems to me laptop manufacturers need to offer a choice of battery technologies: the current (lithium-ion) for people who travel a lot and use battery power frequently, and a different type of battery for people like me (us?) who want a battery to be available on standby months or years down the line in the rare event that we need it. Basically, I want a battery to behave as an "internal UPS". Tough luck, I guess.


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