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  1. #16
    Adding Battery Time To An Old Laptop?
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    Would you not be better with an iPad mini out hiking in the woods?
    Sue

    If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.

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    Adding Battery Time To An Old Laptop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felasco View Post
    Which is why I never expected my 2009 MacBook to have 12 hours of battery uptime, nor asked it to etc. You're trying to play the role of the Great Debunker. You aren't especially good at it.
    I'm trying to help you find a solution to your battery issue...I'm certainly NOT trying to be the "Great Debunker".

    If you obviously know you can't get 12 hours of battery runtime out of your 2009 MacBook...then why were you posting anything in the first 50% of this thread about getting a new battery for it...when you know the BEST a new battery will be able to do is 5 hours??

    It wasn't until the 2nd half of this discussion when we start talking about ways to extend battery life...and thus make purchasing a new battery make more logical sense.

    Basically you have these options:

    1. Get a newer computer with much longer battery life ($$$$).
    2. Get a new battery for the 2009 MacBook + battery extending products (spare battery or solar panel device).
    3. Use your MacBook less when outside hiking.
    4. Enjoy the outdoors more...and leave the computer at home.
    5. Get an iPad.
    6. Assuming you have a cellphone...use your cellphone for your connectivity needs while hiking...and leave the computer at home!!!

    BTW...totally don't understand how you can be hiking for 12 hours/day AND need 12 hours of runtime on your MacBook while hiking. What are you doing...hiking AND typing on your computer at the same time?? I think you REALLY need to reassess how much battery runtime you REALLY need while hiking.

    No way you need 12 hours of battery runtime on your computer while hiking if you're returning home each night!

    HTH,

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    Thanks for that link, appreciated, bookmarked.

    I really like this idea of buying a battery instead of a new laptop. So, thumbs up there. This may turn out to be a major benefit of joining the forum, saving me many bucks.

    My problem at the moment is finding a battery that I can be confident will work with my old MacBook.

    MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009) - Technical Specifications

    I don't understand a good bit of the tech talk on sales pages. So I've been contacting sellers and asking them for product that will work with my machine. When I get a reply at all, they are typically minimalistic, iffy, uncertain, sorta, maybe, probably, inconclusive etc.

    So I'll keep working on it. I'll dig in to the page you've shared and see if I can nail something down.

    Feel free to advise me further should you be able. Thanks!

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    Adding Battery Time To An Old Laptop?
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    I think you REALLY need to reassess how much battery runtime you REALLY need while hiking.

    Or if one actually really even needs a portable computer in that situation.

    Or maybe use a set of wheels and use it to carry all your needs and do what this person did to overcome their battery driven car's limited range:

    65150206_10157484268349319_3445392974958034944_n.jpg

    PS: That's a small gas powered generator in case it wasn't obvious.

    - Patrick
    ======

  5. #20
    Nick, to save you some time, I'm actually not interested in anything you have to say on any subject.

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    Adding Battery Time To An Old Laptop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felasco View Post
    Nick, to save you some time, I'm actually not interested in anything you have to say on any subject.
    Donít diss one of our knowledgeable members.
    Sue

    If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.

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    Adding Battery Time To An Old Laptop?
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    Thread closed.
    Last edited by pigoo3; 07-18-2019 at 07:15 PM.
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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