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MiniBatteryLoger 1.4.4

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: battery

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MiniBatteryLogger monitors your laptop’s battery. It traces the graph
of charge and amperage over time, compares your battery with other
users, logs relevant power events and alerts you with Growl
notifications.

The Battery Inspector tells you all the details about your battery:
charge, capacity (actual, maximum and original), amperage, voltage,
cycle count. It also reports the estimated times to empty and to full
charge.

MiniBatteryLoger 1.4.4

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Hitachi Recalls 16,000 Sony Batteries

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 08:36
Category: battery

Hitachi said on Friday it will recall 16,000 batteries made by Sony for laptop computers, joining a growing list of PC makers recalling Sony batteries.

Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.

The batteries were used mostly in laptops shipped to businesses, most of which are in Japan, he said.

Hitachi to recall 16,000 Sony-made batteries | Tech News on ZDNet

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IBM/Lenovo Recalls 500,000 Notebook Batteries

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 14:26
Category: battery

Hooray, Lenovo has joined the battery recall party! For those of you keeping score at home, that brings the number of manufacturers to five, including Apple, Panasonic, Toshiba and Dell.

The recall, anounced today, affects nearly 170,000 batteries in the US, and over 350,000 additionally worldwide, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Engadget

UPDATE:
Affected machines sold in the United States include:
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T43, T43p, and T60
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X60 and X60s
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad R51e, R52, R60, and R60e

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External Battery for Apple MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 12:42
Category: battery

portable_power_station_lg.jpgRemember when external PowerBook battery packs were all the rage? Well Battery Geek has a new external battery that works with the MacBook Pro. I imagine that it’s hard to sell any notebook battery pack right now though…

The Portable Power Station by Battery Geek supplies an additional 6+ hours of mobile computing time for the MacBook Pro, according to the company. The PPS packs a 140 watt-hour capacity and uses Li-ion cells.

Battery Geek Introduces External Battery Support for Apple MacBook

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Virgin Lifts Apple Notebook Ban

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 23:31
Category: battery

The onboard use of Apple and Dell laptops containing batteries was banned recently by the airline, after the companies recalled of more than five million batteries because of a risk of overheating.

“Customers wishing to use an Apple or Dell laptop on board can only do so once the laptop battery serial number has been checked by a member of the Cabin Crew,” the company states on its website. “If the battery is permitted for use, the laptop may be used as normal on board, with no further restrictions.”

Spymac.com :: Virgin lifts Apple laptop flight ban

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Toshiba Recalls 830,000 Sony Notebook Batteries

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 23:47
Category: battery

Toshiba said Tuesday it would replace about 340,000 laptop computer batteries made by Sony, the latest in a string of Sony battery woes.

The batteries, used in Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite laptops manufactured between March and May this year, could fail on the road because of problems with storing and transmitting power, Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Ohmori said.

Ohmori declined to estimate the cost of the move, saying it would not affect earnings, and would not say whether Toshiba was asking Sony to foot the bill.

Toshiba recalls 340,000 Sony laptop batteries | Tech News on ZDNet

UPDATED 2006-1004:

The actual number of batteries recalled has increased to 830,000 according to ZDNet.

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Panasonic Recalls 6,000 Notebook Batteries

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: battery

Matsushita, better-known by its Panasonic brand name, joined the party this week with its own recall of 6,000 notebook batteries sold in Japan. This most recent recall isn’t nearly as large as the ones that involved 4.1 million batteries sold by Dell and 1.8 million batteries sold by Apple, but it’s another example of the care and attention being paid to notebook batteries these days.

Of course, it’s not just notebook batteries that are causing problems. In June, Hewlett-Packard announced a recall of about 679,000 digital cameras that could catch fire if the cameras tried to apply a charge to a nonrechargable battery. Cell phone makers have dealt with problems from batteries for years, including several reported incidents of exploding phones. With scary footage of flaming notebooks on the evening news and the Internet, many notebook users want to know if their system could be at risk. Here’s a list of who has recalled batteries so far, and where to turn for information.

Panasonic joins notebook battery recall | CNET News.com

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iBook G4 Catches Fire, Japan Orders Investigation

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 09:11
Category: battery

Japanese authorities reported Tuesday the first case of an Apple laptop catching fire in Japan and ordered the U.S. company to investigate the trouble involving the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week.

An iBook G4 laptop made by Apple Computer Inc. overheated and caught fire in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. The user sustained minor burns after the computer caught fire, according to Apple spokeswoman Michiko Matsumoto, who confirmed the case.

Japan orders Apple to probe laptops – Tech News & Reviews – MSNBC.com

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Portable Macs Facing Commercial Aircraft Usage Restrictions

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 09:13
Category: battery

The Australian-based Qantas Airlines already placed a restriction on using Dells on their planes (the machines either have to run solely on battery power, or plugged in, sans-battery), and now they’re considering clamping down on Macs as well. Qantas is currently investigating the actual threat that Apple’s recalled batteries might or might not pose.

Macs on a plane – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Apple Revises Recalled Battery List

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 08:24
Category: battery

Before you count yourself out of Apple’s recent battery recall, have another look at the Battery Exchange Program iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 on Apple’s site–the list of recalled batteries has changed since it was first reported. Here’s the new list…

Computer model Battery model number Serial number range
12-inch iBook G4 A1061 ZZ338 – ZZ427
3K429 – 3K611
6C519 – 6C552 ending with S9WA, S9WC or S9WD
12-inch PowerBook G4 A1079 ZZ411 – ZZ427
3K428 – 3K611
15-inch PowerBook G4 A1078 and A1148 3K425 – 3K601
6N530 – 6N551 ending with THTA, THTB, or THTC
6N601 ending with THTC

MacMerc.com: Your ‘Book battery wasn’t recalled? Check again. Apple revises list.

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