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FROM APPLE COMPUTER: All Apple computers contain an internal battery that runs the system and the internal clock. Except for the early Macs, these clock batteries are either lithium (metal) or alkaline.

Apple PowerBook computers also use batteries that supply power for mobile computing. Current products use lithium ion batteries because of the need for improved battery efficiency. These newer battery technologies do not pose the same environmental risks associated with older technology batteries containing lead or cadmium.

Batteries generally do not have as long a life as the products in which they are used and are usually replaced before the product is replaced. Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) and lead acid batteries, used in earlier Apple computers, may pose health and environmental risks if not disposed of properly. These batteries should not be sent to landfills with municipal garbage. These batteries require special handling.

How do I dispose of/recycle my Nickel-Cadmium Batteries?

  • Various states have bans that prohibit the disposal of Ni-Cd batteries in municipal garbage. These states include Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Recycle or dispose of Ni-Cd batteries in accordance with your local environmental guidelines. Apple Ni-Cd batteries can be returned to your local Apple Service Provider (ASP). To locate your nearest ASP, go to buy.apple.com.
  • Call your local or regional solid waste agency or recycling organizations to find out about battery disposal options. For more information, contact an Apple authorized dealer or service provider in your area or call 1-800-500-7078.

What is Apple doing to reduce the environmental impact of batteries?

  • Favoring rechargeable batteries to reduce the resource consumption required in the production of new batteries.
  • Utilizing more environmentally-sound battery chemistries, including new technologies as they become available.
  • Labeling batteries with their battery chemistries to help identify their constituents and facilitate proper recycling and disposal.
  • Avoiding batteries that contain lead, cadmium and/or mercury.

In order to prevent potential hazards from batteries:

  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on how the battery should be used.
  • Use the battery until it can no longer provide the power you need to operate the equipment.
  • Dispose of the battery properly. Look for battery collection programs offered by local municipalities, retail outlets and dealers.
Copyright © 2001 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Mac Batteries

We know that many of you rely on us for the freshest highest quality 3.6 Volt 1200 mAh Mac PRAM/Clock batteries. We are now buying our 3.6V cells from ULTRAlife Battery as they make a top quality product. Our battery specs meet or exceed system requirements. We think you will be very happy with our new label. Remember nobody sells fresher batteries that we do. The manufacture date is stamped right on the battery.


Beware of Substandard Batteries

I was looking at some of the pram batteries sold by our competition. No one sells batteries for less than we do (delivered price), and no one sells fresher batteries that we do. I saw a couple who advertised lower prices but by the time you paid shipping and handling you end up paying substantially more. What really bothers me though is some of these low priced specials were lower milliamp batteries. Before buying any 3.6 V Lithium Battery that fit in most of the Macs make sure the batteries you are getting are 1200 mAh. Remember we import these batteries direct and they are not made before we order. While lithium batteries have a long shelf life (up to 10 years), most batteries in the states these days are several years old. Ours are no more than 6 months from the date they were created. The manufacture date is stamped right on the battery.

When pricing laptop batteries you should always compare the milliamp hour rating (shown as mAH). Sometimes a bargain is not a bargain if it doesn't last long in your laptop. More is always better.

Battery Safety

I recently had someone ask if we had the safer Lithium Ion Batteries in the standard 3.6V 1/2AA configuration. He wondered why Apple hadn't moved to this configuration. Here is my reply:

After handling many many thousands of both old and new 3.6V Lithium batteries, and pulling them from 20 year old machines up to today's latest, I can't say I have ever worried about the safety and reliability of the Lithiums. What amazes me is to find batteries still holding the proper charge after all that time. I read almost as much about Lithium Ion batteries exploding as I do the regular lithium. It seems that if you expose batteries to high heat, certain types of punctures, or shorting, you can expect bad results not matter what they are made of. I know of no one who makes a Lithium Ion of the proper size. It seems like whatever physically is close to that size is only 3 Volt and any with the proper voltage are twice that size. It may be the nature of the materials but I am no engineer.

Good rule to live by: I highly recommend you not puncture, heat up, or short out any type of battery.

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