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    Adding Battery Time To An Old Laptop?
    So I was planning on buying a new Macbook, but keyboard controversies are persuading me otherwise.

    I realize that really the only reason I was going to buy a new Macbook was for the all day battery life, which I agree is an awesome feature. So basically I'd be spending $1500 to take my battery life from 2 hours to 12 hours.

    I'd be happy with my old Macbook (running SnowLeopard!) if I could substantially boost the battery up time. Any suggestions on how this might be done are most welcome.

    I know I could buy a new battery, done it before, very easy, self install. But that only takes me so far. It might add an hour, something like that.

    Any ideas here?

    Thanks!

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    Adding Battery Time To An Old Laptop?
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    I know I could buy a new battery, done it before, very easy, self install. But that only takes me so far. It might add an hour, something like that.
    If you get a quality battery, it should restore your lifetime to whatever the original time was. If that's not sufficient, then the only solution would be to get a newer Mac with longer battery life designed in.
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    What type of drive is in your older MBP? Installing an SSD in place of a HDD, may increase battery life?

    Edit: you can also carry an additional battery with you.
    Last edited by ferrarr; 07-15-2019 at 11:23 AM. Reason: added info
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felasco View Post
    So basically I'd be spending $1500 to take my battery life from 2 hours to 12 hours.
    Are you REALLY spending 12 hours/day away from an electrical outlet in the middle of the Amazon rainforest??...or are we talking about spending $1500 just for the convenience of not having to plug in to charge it?

    If you really don't need a new computer...spending roughly $100 or less for a new battery seems much more logical.

    Nope...running an older macOS such as Snow Leopard is not going to improve total battery runtime on a single charge. Your current MacBook's battery probably has a ton of battery cycles on it...and needs to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Edit: you can also carry an additional battery with you.
    Good suggestion. So I'm looking in that. For starters, here's a page that may be useful.

    10 Portable Batteries For Your MacBook - Hongkiat

    Seems promising. I'll have to dig deeper to find the portable battery that can work with my old Macbook.

    Yes, spending a couple hundred on an extra battery seems a better plan (for me) than spending $1500 on a new laptop. Encouraging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Are you REALLY spending 12 hours/day away from an electrical outlet in the middle of the Amazon rainforest??
    Not the Amazon rainforest, the North Florida woods forest. :-) Yup, 12 hours a day is normal during hiking season. Get there at dawn, leave at dark. No outlets anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Your current MacBook's battery probably has a ton of battery cycles on it...and needs to be replaced.
    Right, the thing is, even with a brand new battery the older MacBooks didn't have all day battery run time, or anything close. They were better though in the sense that it is super easy for users to swap out the battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felasco View Post
    Not the Amazon rainforest, the North Florida woods forest. :-) Yup, 12 hours a day is normal during hiking season. Get there at dawn, leave at dark. No outlets anywhere.
    But when you are hiking you aren't using the machine. Or are you?
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    But when you are hiking you aren't using the machine. Or are you?
    Right now I have 1-2 hours with screen brightness all the way down to 1, which isn't so great outside. If I can get to 3-4 hours with a brighter screen, for reasonable fee less than $1500, I'll be pretty happy.

    One problem may be finding a battery that will work with my old Macbook, we'll see. In case it is useful, here's what I've got.

    MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.13 13" (White-09) Specs (Mid-2009, MC240LL/A, MacBook5,2, A1181, 2330): EveryMac.com

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    Maybe something like this, Voltaic Systems
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Maybe something like this, Voltaic Systems
    Thanks, I've contacted them to see if they can assist me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felasco View Post
    Right, the thing is, even with a brand new battery the older MacBooks didn't have all day battery run time, or anything close.
    If this is the case...then you're really asking a computer to do what it was never designed to do.

    Your 2009 MacBook with a brand new battery back in 2009 was only supposed to get 5 hours of total battery runtime on a full charge. Asking it to do 12 hours is kind of unreasonable.

    There are some options to extend the runtime...a couple of those ideas have already been mentioned:

    - Use a portable solar panel of some sort...one that generates enough watts to really help. Probably needs to be something in the 30-45 watt range (these are using pretty pricey).
    - Use multiple portable battery packs that can be used with most electronic devices. These are usually not too expensive.

    A 3rd option is to use an iPad (or get an iPad if you don't have one). Not only does an iPad take up less space & is lighter than a Macbook (both BIG positives when hiking). Most iPads get approximately 10 hours of runtime on a single charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    If this is the case...then you're really asking a computer to do what it was never designed to do.
    No, I'm not asking anything of the sort.

    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Your 2009 MacBook with a brand new battery back in 2009 was only supposed to get 5 hours of total battery runtime on a full charge. Asking it to do 12 hours is kind of unreasonable.
    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.

    - Use a portable solar panel of some sort...one that generates enough watts to really help. Probably needs to be something in the 30-45 watt range (these are using pretty pricey).
    - Use multiple portable battery packs that can be used with most electronic devices. These are usually not too expensive.
    Yes, I'm looking in to such things, but it's difficult to find batteries that work with my laptop. Working on it...

    A 3rd option is to use an iPad (or get an iPad if you don't have one). Not only does an iPad take up less space & is lighter than a Macbook (both BIG positives when hiking). Most iPads get approximately 10 hours of runtime on a single charge.
    Yes, that's an option, but I want a laptop.

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    If you can find one that's suitable and reasonably cheap I'd suggest you get two. Given that it's reasonable easy to swap them out.


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    Alternatively you could consider a portable charging device such as
    These; The 8 Best Portable Laptop Battery Chargers of 2019
    In particular the Anker Power Core+
    For $130.00 it a viable alternative having the option to charge your other devices too but I'm guessing they would be heavy if that's an issue.


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