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New laptop battery [Sep. 25th, 2004|06:08 pm]
A mere 18 months since my laptop battery stopped holding much charge, and about 9 months since it stopped holding any, I've finally bought a new battery.

In that time, the price of the batteries for my laptop (plus about half of all the other dell laptops, which is handy) has dropped by about 33%. Also, in that time, the ultra high capacity batteries have come onto ebay.

So, with my wireless working and adsl playing nicely in the new house, I gave in and started bidding on ebay for a new battery. Last week I won a slightly used high capacity battery, and I'm now playing.

Quite impressively, the apm utility started reporting 5 hours and 20 minutes of useage for the battery. The charge is dropping very slightly faster than it should, but at this rate I'm still in line for 3-3.5 hours from it. Given the one that came with the laptop listed 2.5 hours and usually managed 1.5 when new, I think that's pretty good going :)

Now to dig out all the power management stuff again, and see if it works with the latest versions....