Long Service

22 May 2024

I’d like to commend this Varta battery on 36 years of faithfully not leaking inside a Mac. Battery, we salute you.

A black half-AA battery labelled "VARTA" and "Made in West Germany"

As a bit of a #MARCHintosh holdover, I finally got around to replacing the PRAM battery in the Mac SE. It’s done fine service since the late 80s — not only had it not leaked, when I booted it up in January after many years on the shelf the clock was still set — but I felt I’d pushed my luck long enough, and so installed a fresh one along with a holder to make the next replacement easier. Rest in peace; you were a good battery.

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