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A new way to resuscitate a dead battery
Authored by: rkchang on Jul 21, '03 06:49:47PM

After reading all these tales of dead batteries and experiencing a few tales of my own, I feel compelled to add my two cents (or my tale).

To put it succinctly, I am incredibly happy that I bought the Applecare protection package, when I bought my dual USB iBook last July. For the last couple months, I had a similar problem that someone here posted: once my battery dropped to about 80%, it would instantly plunge to 0%. I finally decided to give Apple tech support a call. After I had told them that told them that I had tried the typical tricks (complete drain to recalibrate, resetting power manager, etc.), they offerred to send me a new battery free of charge. My iBook has been happy ever since.

They also let me know that if I had called any later, they wouldn't have been willing to send me the new battery. As it is, Apple only supports and warranties their batteries for up to a year, even if you buy the 3-year Applecare protection package. Apparently, they know that their batteries have an extremely low shelf life, and are hoping to make some extra $$ off of replacement batteries.

"I have seen the evils of procrastination, and I vow to change my ways tomorrow."

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