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Apple Recalls over 1.8 Million Powerbook & iBook Batteries

Apple has announced a recall of over 1.8 million Powerbook G4 and iBook G4 batteries. The recall comes as a result of several user complaints of overheating and 2 users who suffered minor burns.

The batteries affected were sold from Oct. 2003 through August 2006. The following batteries are affected in the recall:

Model Type Battery Model Affected Serial #s
12" iBook G4 A1061 ZZ338 - ZZ427
3K429 - 3K611
6C519 - 6C552 ending with S9WA, S9WC or S9WD
12" Powerbook G4 A1079 ZZ411 - ZZ427
3K428 - 3K611
15" Powerbook G4 A1078 and A1148 3K425 - 3K601
6N530 - 6N551 ending with THTA, THTB, or THTC
6N601 ending with THTC

Where is the serial #?

First, remove your battery from the underside of your Powerbook or iBook. (You do this by moving using a coin or flat head tool to move the lock mechanism to the unlock position.) Then, on the underside of the battery, you will find all the information regarding the battery model # and the serial #.

Should you need additional information, feel free to contact our support department.

What to do if you are affected:

PowerbookMedic.com does carry replacement batteries for these batteries at the respective links below:

Model Type Battery Model Link to our corresponding replacements
12" iBook G4 A1061 Click Here
12" Powerbook G4 A1079 Click Here
15" Powerbook G4 A1078 and A1148 Click Here

Additional Info:

There has been some confusion as to the affected batteries due to a similar recall in August of 2005 which affected about 128,000 batteries. These recalled batteries were manufactured with LG cells, not Sony cells.

The batteries affected in that recall were as follows:

Model Type Battery Model Affected Serial #s
12" iBook G4 A1061 HQ441 - HQ507
12" Powerbook G4 A1079 3X446 - 3X510
15" Powerbook G4 A1078 and A1148 3X446 -3X509

The replacement we offer for these are the same as the table in the previous section.

Rumored Red Nano to be released on Oprah

According to several sources and news sites. The much rumored red iPod Nano will be released on the Friday edition of the Opra Winfrey show. The iPod will supposedly only be available in the 4GB version, and a portion of the proceeds (around $10) will go towards the AIDS charity initative.

Macbook users organizing class action lawsuit

Reports are surfacing that several users of the 13" Macbook are banding together for a class action lawsuit.

The symptom:

The reason for the class action is what is being referred to as RSS. (Random shutdown syndrome) According to users, the MacBook 13" is known to shutdown at randome intervals from several times a day to weekly.

The problem:

The problem appears to be a flaw in the engineering of the MacBook's heat sink which expands during use and comes in contact with the temp. lead thus causing a short.

The solution:

At this time, the solution appears to be replacing the logic board. Apple should repair this issue for under warranty units, however due to the wide nature of this problem, repair times for end users have ranged from 1 week to over a month.

iPod Nano and Video LCD prices Slashed!

Today, PowerbookMedic.com announced price cuts on their iPod Video and iPod Nano LCD replacements. In addition to their unbeatable price, every LCD is covered by our standard 1 year warranty.

iPod Video LCD Assembly - $59.95

iPod Nano LCD Assembly - $49.95