what are the best practices for taking care of a macbook pro (specifically the battery) for someone who uses it intensively for 8-10 hours a day? [more inside]
I'm doing a craft project and would like to install two red LEDs that are powered by a battery pack with an on/off switch. I would love your opinion-advice on what to buy and where to buy it. [more inside]
Why can't I jump start my 2004 Ford Focus? [more inside]
Is my ipad2 up to the job? I have to give the same hour-long presentation in three separate sessions in one day. I am planning to use Keynote on my ipad2 attached to a projector but I'm worried about battery life on the iPad. Does anybody have experience using their iPad in this way? I will of course, turn off every battery draining thing I can find. I could also switch to my iPhone 4S if I had to, I guess. Will I be okay for three presentations?
New Year's edition of "my macbook pro is suddenly slow"... [more inside]
Question about jump-starting a car: why did my neighbor absolutely insist I ground the negative clamp... to the battery? That seems unwise. [more inside]
What is the best way to regularly drain 6-8 AA batteries? [more inside]
Help me not hate my iPhone. [more inside]
Can anyone tell me what the purpose of this "Battery Connector" is? We purchased some replacement batteries for blackberries, and while we can read the engrish, we don't understand what exactly is taking place when we follow the instructions. Help me mefi!
Replacing battery in an Acer Aspire One with one from a different Aspire One design? [more inside]
Does an expensive battery charger do a better job of charging and maintaining NiMH batteries than a generic, cheapo charger? [more inside]
I am looking to buy a blackberry battery. Is there are store around New York City that sells this kind of battery? I don't want to order online and prefer to pick it up at a store and avoid shipping fees.
Are there ANY aftermarket (non-Nikon) batteries that work with the Nikon D3100? [more inside]
Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
I am really wary about buying a laptop with a non-user-replaceable battery. Opinions on this? How painful/possible is it to get such batteries replaced when they fail? [more inside]
My car is revving automatically. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
Why did my two smoke alarms stop working altogether when the batteries ran down? [more inside]
Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
I'm trying to resurrect an old Casio CPS-85 88 key keyboard. When it was given to me, the power jack was cracked, so I desoldered it and soldered on a new one. No luck; I can't get power (even with a different power supply). So I'm stuck running off of a lot of D batteries. As using D cells is both wasteful and expensive.is there any way for me to rig an external power supply to the battery terminals in a safe manner?
Follow up to previous question....4yo Dell Inspiron laptop suddenly giving me the old "Plugged in but not charging" routine. Froze the battery for a day but no luck. So I bought a nice new one from Amazon that charged right up and worked for a week. No this one is giving me the same message. Any ideas? Or a place to turn to troubleshoot things? Any help would be appreciated.
I have a portable rechargeable amplifier that was custom built for me when I was in Peru, it no longer makes sounds when unplugged, although an LED lights up. When plugged in to the wall, it emits sounds. [more inside]
How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one? [more inside]
What's the best iPhone (3G specifically) battery replacement option? [more inside]
I need to buy a new battery for a 2006 white Macbook, and I am afraid of buying a knock-off that will explode, burn down my house, and kill me and my family. Where is a good, reputable, place to buy a new battery? [more inside]
Battery or Alternator? Clues inside. [more inside]
I'm travelling on my Scooter about 1,200 kms (800 miles) over two days. Is there a way I can hitch up a 12 volt (car) or 5 volt USB charger to keep my Smartphone topped up while on the road and using power hungry apps? There is no 12v charger available, although there is adequate space under the saddle to store a work around. [more inside]
Is this laptop battery a ripoff, and how can I be sure? I bought a third party battery for my Macbook. It looks like the original 45Wh battery, but Coconut Battery (and the appropriate ioreg command) report the 'design capacity' as lower than it should be. [more inside]
I have a 1979 Ford F100, which once belonged to my father. Since he passed away, it's served as a backup vehicle for an array of relatives, and now it's my turn. Yesterday, I got into the truck and turned the key, and I heard a single "clunk" (not a click-click-click), as if something started moving and then froze up. I tried again, with the same result. The next time, I got a kind of whirring sound, like something spinning free. It's a continuous whirring, rather than a series of attempts to catch. Lights and radio work fine. Jumping it didn't help. I didn't try to roll it off, because I'm loathe to leave it at the bottom of the hill in my slighty sketchy neighborhood; I'll probably try that this weekend, when I can get some help. The battery is relatively new. It started easily up until yesterday. [more inside]
Seattle area telecom: Can anyone suggest a battery distributor/warehouse that stocks deep cycle lead acid batteries of the type suitable for a DC UPS? Shipping costs on these are very high so we would prefer to buy from a dealer somewhere along I-5 in the area from Bellingham to Olympia. We're looking for 6V 220aH T105 (golfcart type) and AGM 12V 120aH batteries.
Asking for a friend: "I've got a 2005 Corolla. That year/make is one of those selectively affected by the Toyota recall re: random stalling. I never received a notice that my car was affected, but I did buy (and transfer the title) fairly recently. Anyway, my car stalled--basically on the highway at rush hour..." [more inside]
Do you know anything about defective Blackberry batteries? Is there a definitive way to tell if a battery is from a defective batch? A list of bad serial numbers? Or a way to tell visually? [more inside]
Which Macbook battery to buy on eBay? [more inside]
I fell asleep a few nights in a row with my Macbook running on battery. I never did this before and now the laptop crashes erratically whenever running on battery, even when mostly at full charge. I assume the events are related, and that this may be analogous to driving your car until it runs out of gas: bad for the car. Advice? Did I ruin my battery? Is there a fix I'm overlooking?
Laptop Battery conked out. Safe to buy on ebay? [more inside]
Is there a portable light that is as useful as the x-mini speaker? [more inside]
Looking for a specific Android battery level widget... [more inside]
I have a pre-paid cell phone that I let my family/friends use when they come to visit me in Japan. I don't plan on using it for almost a year. What should I do with the battery? [more inside]
Nissan maxima starting problems, either battery or alternator [more inside]
Powerbook G4-- not charging, plus intermittent high pitched buzzing noise, which stops when charger is removed. Still running when plugged in, but battery reads 0%. I'm hoping it's the charger, and not the battery-- anyone recognize this problem? [more inside]
How often, and for how long, should I turn over my car's engine in order to preserve the battery? [more inside]
Is it possible to replace the battery in a cell phone or do I have to buy a whole new phone? [more inside]
UPS/Battery backup question - I need a battery backup power source that will last as long as possible. My load is only 30w, so I understand that even a small UPS will power it ok - but I need to maximize the time that the UPS will continue to keep it going. [more inside]
Questions about priming a new battery to maximize its efficiency. [more inside]
I lost my battery cover on my apple wireless bluetooth keyboard. Can I order a replacement? [more inside]
What's wrong with my car, and what's my best option for fixing it? [more inside]
I used to have a Sonic Impact T-Amp. It was incredible - a great-sounding battery-powered amp with an input for iPod/CD that could drive big speakers at volume. Mine broke and I think I might have thrown it away, which I regret. But in the meantime, is there something similar on the market? A small, great battery-powered amp? I'm based in the UK but would order from the States if needed.
It seems the ac-adapter plug thingy (i.e. the cigarette lighter) doesn't work in my car. I suspect a blown fuse. I have neither the time nor the inclination to take it in to get fixed if I can do it myself. Halp? [more inside]
Do you trust third-party batteries for your cellphone? Specifically I'm thinking about picking up some spare batteries for the HTC Evo, but I've been a non-removable battery phone user for so long that I don't know if I really should stick to the manufacturer's branded batteries or can safely save some money and look elsewhere (like a Seidio, for example).
Yesterday my car started fine, but today the engine wouldn't crank even once. What caused my car battery to fail so suddenly and without warning? [more inside]