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battery 100%, light still orange?

1082 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2006 10:17 PM by eviechu RSS
carmine pesce Calculating status...
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Apr 27, 2006 8:10 PM
hey guys, just got my ibook a few weeks ago & have a question regarding the charge adapter. The meter on the ibook states that the battery is 100% charged, but the indicator light on the charger is still orange.

Is there something i'm missing?

Thanks guys.
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (8,590 points)
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    Apr 27, 2006 9:08 PM (in response to carmine pesce)
    Sometimes my iBookG4 1.33 12" mid-2005 model's charge indicator is not
    exactly correct; and one time I let the machine run without recharging until
    it was near 0% and when it went to sleep by itself to save settings, I then
    put it on the power adapter; and that was said to "calibrate" the battery.

    Sometimes, if the cord-end with the indicator light isn't fully and carefully
    pushed into the iBook, it may show orange even if it indicates a full charge.
    I gently push and slightly twist the plug as I insert it into the iBook to be
    sure it is getting a connection and later on it seems to not have any problem.

    In rarer cases, there may be some other issue; and by trying the hardware
    causes and then if that isn't working out, there may be a reset you could
    perform; I have not needed to reset the PMU in my iBook.

    Once, when my iBook had the same symptoms you state, I simply re-
    started the iBook and let it run from the power adapter; it showed green
    and 100% after it booted up and the desktop formed normally. None of
    what I've said may be a cure; but if the battery is calibrated and then it
    shows OK, then it probably is. Although there may be other possible
    things wrong; I prefer to look at and find all the things right first. And
    due to where I live, I have a spare power adapter; just in case.
    iBookG4 1.33 12" 1.5GB RAM / iMacG4 1.25 17" 1GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.6), & 10.3.9; w/ 2-AirPort Extremes 56k on DSL + ext antenna
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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    Apr 28, 2006 7:05 PM (in response to carmine pesce)
    Hi, Carmine.<IMG src=""</SUB> to Apple Discussions.

    Any time there is a problem with the adapter or the battery, the first troubleshooting step to try is resetting the PMU.

    Calibrating the battery will help keep the battery level indicator accurate.
    eMac800/Superdrive/512; iBk800G3Combo/640-OS 10.3, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • iDVD Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Apr 29, 2006 9:11 AM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
    is this the carmine thats selling the ford van on ebay??? does the charger light stay on all the time or just when you plug it in?

    iMac G5 iSight, original iBook Clamshell 300Mhz G3 OS9.2.2, eMachines T2080, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 512MB, 32MB, 480MB
  • eviechu Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2006 10:17 PM (in response to carmine pesce)
    I am too having this problem. I just got this new battery under the exchange program. Apple put it in when they were fixing my trackpad... I callibrated it... and it wont go green. I am figuring that it is not all the way 100%, even though it says so? Its perplexing.
    ibook g4 1.24, Mac OS X (10.4.3)


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