The time has come to say goodbye – that’s right, the time has come.   You knew this day would happen – we all did.  It was inevitable.  It was a good run while it lasted, but there is no avoiding it.  No tears please… No cries, no weeping, no condolences, regrets, or farewell parties are needed.  As the old saying goes – all good things must come to an end.  For better or for worse, it was a tough decision to come to, but I have decided that it is time to say goodbye – there’s just not enough time left.  It’s time to charge forward into the future.


There are those among you that are wondering where I am going, and what is going to happen next.  There is good news and bad news in this.  The good news is that I actually am not going anywhere.  The bad news?  I’m not going anywhere!   So, why the heartfelt goodbye?  Because my Macbook battery has finally bitten the bullet and died on me.  It’s not all the way gone, but I can barely hold a charge for more than 30 minutes before needing to plug in.  I am going with the replacement option from Apple direct, though the $129 price has me cringing.  Thank goodness for NAPP discounts!  It also has me looking at other options though for external power that is also portable.  A friend in the NAPP forums linked me to a product called the Hyperdrive, and it looks like a pretty cool option.  Here’s the link for it in case you are interested:  Hyperdrive Website

So, why is this in the hardware review section?  It’s not for lack of products to review, rather because of the timeliness of it.  As I encounter roadblocks or problems, I like to share them with you – so that we can learn and develop and grow from the shared experiences.  My lesson this time?  To always use an AC source when available.  Just because your laptop is capable of being cord-free doesn’t mean you simply must be cord-free.  If you have an AC source, use it!  As I learned, replacement batteries are expensive, and having to get a new one in under 3 years is not an easy pill to swallow. Since batteries are finite in the number of recharge cycles they can take, you don’t want to deplete your battery when not necessary, so plug in when you can!  Make sure you charge!

Here’s a couple resources from the Apple website on batteries, their conditioning, and maintenance (yes, batteries need maintenance too – perhaps I should write a maintenance schedule for batteries! 🙂 ):

So, make sure you charge, discharge, and calibrate your batteries.  I’ve done so with batteries in other devices, like my camera, flash batteries and all, but had never thought to do so for the laptop.  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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6 comments for “Charge!

  1. July 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

    New Year’s found me and my Airstream in Bisbee Arizona. I was on the border to shoot a few ghost towns and pay my first visit to Bisbee. While down there my MacBook Pro’s battery gave up the ghost. 30 minutes? Ha, not even. And I knew it was coming, the battery’s health was not good. Like you, I found out how expensive the battery was!

    Thanks for the info on the hyperdrive. Something else to spend on….. 🙂 Hope you had a great 4th!

  2. July 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

    The battery on my Acer is about to go too so this is good timing. I’m paranoid about batteries though and have at least three for each of my cameras and two for my laptops….I still get burned though.

  3. July 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I had to replace the battery on my old iBook G4. I did a google search and found a decent price at $79. It made such a difference! I try to remember to calibrate but most times the computer is just plugged in.

  4. July 6, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Do not let the door hit you on the a$$ on your way out!! See ya

    you will dispose of properly = )

    • July 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm

      Is this coming from a bitter laptop battery? LOL

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