I love my ThinkPads. I've owned several. I started with a 380D, then got a 600E a bit over 4 years ago, and now I currently have a T21 (Linux) and T23 (Windows). They're the greatest non-Mac notebooks money can buy.
But I seem to have a particular skill when it comes to decimating ThinkPad batteries. One of the reasons I own two T-series notebooks right now is that they can share batteries. And between them have three, numbered 1, 2, and (you guessed it) 3. The numbers correspond to how much life they provide--or at least they used to. The first one is the oldest. When I marked it last year it would deliver 45-60 minutes. The second one lasted maybe 90 minutes. The third, however, could go about 2.25 hours (140 minutes or so).
Not anymore. The best battery is down to about 45 minutes now.
The Windows box stays at home, plugged in with no battery 99% of the time. The Linux box travels with me a lot and I'm always exercising the battery--usually 5 times a week if not more. I always run it down all the way before a recharge. I'm tempted to buy yet another replacement battery but don't know if it's worth the $120 or so that'd cost. At this rate, it seems I'd be buying a new battery every 10-12 months!
When I sold my 600E last year, I send along at least one spare battery with it--for the same reason. I may have done the same with my 380D too, but I no longer remember.
Where are those fuel cells we've been waiting for, anyway? And will someone please make a model that slips into a T-series ThinkPad?
Posted by jzawodn at February 26, 2004 03:52 PM