Newer Technology releases Intelligent Battery Charger/Conditioners for Apple iBook and PowerBook

Adding to the firm’s successful line of innovative performance accessories for Apple Macintosh laptops, Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) has released a line of Intelligent Battery Charger/Conditioners for select iBook G3/G4 and all PowerBook G4 models.

“We already make industry-leading batteries for these laptops,” said Larry O’Connor, president of NewerTech in a statement. “Now we give our customers the means to best maintain and even restore both stock and aftermarket batteries – and at an affordable price.”

The NewerTech Intelligent Battery Charger/Conditioners are available immediately for $149.95 for all Apple PowerBook G4 and select Apple iBook G3/G4 models.

The Intelligent Battery Charger/Conditioners have been designed with a dual purpose in mind: to charge and condition. Both bays charge the batteries, allowing two batteries to be fully charged at all times. The second bay also conditions new or ‘abused’ batteries – those that may have incomplete charging cycles that prevent full cell use – providing for full utilization of available run-time capacity.

“NewerTech NuPower batteries offer the highest capacities and longest run-times available for Apple laptop models,” O’Connor added. “And now NewerTech’s intelligent battery charging stations allow users to maximize their use of stock or NewerTech high-capacity batteries.”

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  1. Do these work? Do Lithium-Ion (Lion) batteries get the memory effect (like the old Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) batteries did? Can they be reconditioned? Do these work well enough to offset the cost of a new battery (+10%)? How about the charge cycles count (available via a Terminal command) – can a battery with 300+ charge cycles be reconditioned, or is it depleted?

    Should I check the website for answers to these questions?

  2. These types of devices would be a million times more helpful if they also reconditioned things like cell/mobile phone batteries, digital camera batteries and so on. Yes, I realise there are about 5000 different types of batteries, with different voltages and amps etc, but they usually all have positive and negative points…. you could flog the basic device, and have a bunch of sockets available for the varying batteries to plug into, or at least the major ones.

    Spending $149 on a conditioner for perhaps one or two laptop batteries is excessive I think (although it does work out better for a school or office with lots of laptops)… conditioning isn’t required every day, surely.

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