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  1. #1
    simon1
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    Battery advice for PB
    Any advice would be welcome.

    I will be using my PB mostly at home so what is the best thing to do regarding the batttery?. When i'm at home, is it better if I use th PB plugged into the mains and keep the battery charged or should I be using the PB with battery only and charge when needed?.

    Many thanks.

    Simon

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    What I heard from, I believe, MacAddict, the magazine, it is to remove the battery when plugged into the wall.. so that's what I do now. Although if the plug is accidentally kicked out or something like that, your machine will go down.. which isnt that great

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    i am using my PB without the battery at home.....i heard that it is better for the battery ...........

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    Cool
    For me the jury is still out on this one.

  5. #5
    Bluewolf
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    If you mainly have your PB plugged into the mains how often should you decharge your battery? And does decharging keep your battery healthy?

    On a another matter my battery charging gauge never goes beyond 97% even though it is plugged into the mains. So I assume that my battery cannot be charged greater than 97%, Is there something wrong with battery?

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    StarManta
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    Bluewolf: More than likely it's a problem with how OS X perceives your battery than the battery itself.

    I personally think there's no harm in leaving the battery in while plugged in, but I'm not exactly an expert, so....

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    Bluewolf
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarManta
    Bluewolf: More than likely it's a problem with how OS X perceives your battery than the battery itself.
    How would I get my PB to fully perceive my battery? Or would this require a quick stop into an authorised Apple retailer?

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    StarManta
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    I wouldn't worry about it, to be completely honest.... just get used to the lower percentage being your maximum. My maximum varies from 96 to 100, and i've just gotten used to the fact that 96 or above is "pretty much full". If it bothers you that much, I think there's some sort of reset that you can do, maybe?

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    Bluewolf
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarManta
    I wouldn't worry about it, to be completely honest.... just get used to the lower percentage being your maximum. My maximum varies from 96 to 100, and i've just gotten used to the fact that 96 or above is "pretty much full". If it bothers you that much, I think there's some sort of reset that you can do, maybe?
    I suppose 97% will have to do, but it is good to see that I am not the only one suffering from this problem.

  10. #10
    jolley
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluewolf
    I suppose 97% will have to do, but it is good to see that I am not the only one suffering from this problem.
    You can also check the Apple website for updates pertaining to your PB model.
    They had a bunch posted for my iBook... (Specifically for the battery that is.)

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    I think there was a post somewhere about this, that the battery will only go up to 90~ something percent. then once it falls down enough it'll charge up again to 100%.. But for me, i keep the battery in cuz like my power strip is unstable.. but i guess that's just me.

  12. #12
    cthree
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    It is best to keep the battery charged at all times. It does no harm and plenty of good to keep it trickle charging all the time.

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