My battery has steadily lost it’s will to power my 17″ Powerbook. Granted, it is 2.5 years old now. A month ago I decided to give Coconut Battery a try to see how much more I could squeeze out of it before I had to invest in a new one. It’s a pretty nice little app. It doesn’t have any bells and whistles, but it does what it needs to do (which, frankly, is a nice change for an application). It tells you how many mAh your battery is delivering relative to what it did when it was new. I was depressed. My battery is only holding 54% of its original charge.
(Here’s a tip for owners of old powerbooks with old batteries: Turn off keyboard backlighting and turn down the screen brightness. My battery life goes from 1.5 hours to 3+ hours when I make these two setting changes)
Back to the main topic: when I heard about the battery recall, I was kind of hoping that I would be in for a new battery. But, to my disappointment, no such luck. Only the 12″ & 15″ Powerbooks are getting new batteries. Oh well. I figure I have another 6 months or so to scrap by with my old one.