Notebook Battery

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:28
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My Pioneer Notebook battery is getting weaker and weaker....down to 29 minutes...just out of warranty too...always the case. I have never taken the battery out so I do not know what brand it is.

Are there any remedies or must I go and buy a new one?

Cheers,
Willem

Always going somewhere
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:33

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:33
Theres old wives tales of putting the battery in the freezer, but end of the day either get it repacked, which costs about the same as a new one.

brand and model of lappy?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:43

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:43
It shouldn't cost the same but if it does then it may have been repacked with higher capacity batteries or you've been ripped off...maybe both.
It's an easy job to diy if you can get into the case.I may be mad but I'm not crazy
BEAM ME UP SCOTTY

Hooroo
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:47

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:47
yea what I meant is repacked wont last as long as new.. Didnt explain it well.

Tried it numerous times at work with Compaq lappy batteries
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:51

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:51
Pioneer Notebook DS270. This is a Sydney based company that builds computers to your requirements. It is a reliable unit...only complaint I have is the DVD sound output is very soft....but I could plug external speakers in if necessary.

Cheers,
Willem

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Reply By: Lyds - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:39

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:39
You should also check the vendors support site as well. Sometimes they will have tools or suggestions on how to check and improve battery life.
Cheers,
Stuart
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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:47

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:47
Giving them a quick whack with some higher voltage may break down the growth between the plates, plently of info on the web about it.I may be mad but I'm not crazy
BEAM ME UP SCOTTY

Hooroo
Ray
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Follow Up By: chrisfrd - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:05

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:05
All that will happen is that you will blow the regulator or fuse out in the batt pack.

notebooks and mobile phone now have to have regulators or fuses inside the battery packs to get CE or C-Tick certification.

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:46

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:46
yeah, cannot wack the whole pack at once but each cell seperately after opening the case and pulling apart.I may be mad but I'm not crazy
BEAM ME UP SCOTTY

Hooroo
Ray
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 10:21

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 10:21
Willem,
if you weren't always using your laptop while sitting in Qantas club or flying business class between consultancies you could just get a big 12 V rechargeable external battery. They sell sealed lead acid units from most of the electronics stores. Vastly cheaper than replacing the original and only slightly inconvenient to carry around with the laptop. They also last longer than the small onboard batteries. If your laptop doesn't run on 12V then you would need a Voltage converter, but that would enable use in the car as well.Bob
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 13:04

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 13:04
You are right on the button,Bob....I have never been in the Qantas Club lounge and am always somewhere at the back of the plane lookin g for two seats to fit in to. The most risque thing I have done is to take my mobile phone overseas and paid through the nose for that priviledge.

In fact I run the laptop on mains power at home and have an inverter in my truck. I normally use the battery when I fire up the laptop and then charge the battery up when it tells me to. I guess I do not need a battery at all.

Cheers,
Willem

Always going somewhere
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Reply By: chrisfrd - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:07

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 16:07
If ya don't need it, then don't do anything about it mate!

You can repack it yourself if you can open the pack up. You normally need a dremel tool for that.

You can buy the batteries from WES components 02-97979866. You have to register as a trading company and pay using CC.

Chris.
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:36

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:36
Hi Willem,

Ask at a computer supplier, some of them have battery revitalisers that can help in restoring computer batteries (as in ask them to do it, not buy one). Cannot remember the correct terminology of the thing but basically it checks the battery condition, then restores the charging capability back to original, or near enough to it. Computer batteries degenerate over time, and if using power all the time they should be removed from the laptop as this decreases the life of the battery. Just Do It!

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:47

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:47
Thanks Glenn and all other replies for your input...much appreciated. I have sent the Notebook supplier an email and am waiting on a reply.

Cheers,

Willem

Always going somewhere
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