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Warning: Use only the battery supplied with the PowerBook 1400 Series or an identical model. Batteries designed for other portable computers may look similar, but they may not work with your computer and may damage it.

Battery Matrix

For a matrix of batteries that work with specific models of the PowerBook family of computers, select the PowerBook Battery Matrix located in Hardware/Compatibility Charts.

Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries

The PowerBook 1 400 Series computers use nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries. Each battery provides power for up to four hours of work time, depending on the system configuration and battery conservation features employed.

Battery Handling Guidelines

The following are guidelines for properly handling the PowerBook 1400 Series batteries:

Warning: NiMH batteries contain hazardous chemicals. Send undamaged, dead batteries to Apple for recycling—do not discard dead batteries with other waste. If battery is damaged, do not return it to Apple. Dispose of damaged batteries according to local ordinances. Review battery handling and disposal instructions in Safety Information in Bulletins/Safety.

  • Handle the battery carefully. Do not drop, puncture, mutilate, or burn it.
  • Do not leave a battery in the computer for longer than a week without plugging in the power adapter.
  • Always put the battery cap on the battery when the battery is out of the PowerBook. The battery contacts should not be exposed when the battery is out of the computer.
  • Do not leave the battery in hot locations (such as the trunk of a car).
  • Do not store a battery for longer than six months without recharging it.
  • Recharge batteries only as described in the user's manual and only in ventilated areas.
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