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Old 11-18-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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cdrom batteries

I heard some guy talking about laptop batteries that can be inserted into the cd-rom slot of a laptop. I assume that you would have to remove the optical drive and stick the battery into it's slot. Has anybody heard of a battery like this? what do they call them? googling for "cdrom battery" didn't give any good results.
Old 11-18-2008, 06:35 PM   #2
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Some laptops are designed with Multi-bays.
These are designed to accept many different types of devices, such as CD drives, hard drives, floppy drives, or secondary batteries.

I have had a number of Compaq and Dell laptops that had these.
Old 11-18-2008, 06:36 PM   #3
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Yes you can install all kinds of batteries in all kinds of places and break all kinds of things
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It would depend on your model of laptop, my Dell C600 has this capability, even more convenient is that it takes the same battery for the second bay as it does for the primary bay.
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i've got a vaio, i don't think it was designed with multi-bays. i have seen a few dells, etc. that have cd-drives, hard drives, etc. that can just be popped out on the fly. i never really thought much of it though. i've never really seen it advertised either which is strange because it seems like a really nice feature. i mean, replacing a device like the cdrom with a battery not only adds battery life, it removes the drain of the device. its like you win and then win again.

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Old 11-19-2008, 01:25 AM   #6
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My old G3 powerbook did this. you could have a cd-rom, floppy or 2nd battery in the right slot but only a battery in the left one. the laptop has to be designed for this it's not something you can make work for any laptop. it was nice and I could get almost 10 hours with both batteries installed.


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