Actually, the AA battery idea isn't so far fetched. I haven't opened up an recent laptop batteries, but I can attest that at least the PowerBook 5300 and the Newton MP 2000 all use standard rechargeable AA cells in the batteries. I know this is the case for many PC laptop batteries as well. Replacing the cells in my Newton battery gave it life again, albeit an unimpressive amount of life, in part because I used really cheap rechargeables.
Most battery packs use standard cells, its just some are more standard than others. best thing to have for a recelling is a good ruler and a copy of the Digi-Key catalog.
Anybody here open up an iBook battery? If it's readily done, I'd like to re-cell my dead one.
I think it has but I don't know where I've seen it. Get a good sharp xacto knife and run it around any seams you find. With luck that should break the ultrasonic welds and give you access to the cells. At least thats always been the general rule of thumb for recelling.
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