Ric Locke contemplates my laptop-battery issue, and points to a complete lack of standardization in the realm:
Every laptop model, even from the same manufacturer, seems to use a different battery — Toshiba are less bad about it than most makers, but you still can’t pop the battery out of one model and have it work in another, at least in most cases. Sometimes the differences are “badgineering”, changing the appearance or feature list to provide the Latest Thing without fundamental changes, and in those cases the batteries might swap. It still isn’t guaranteed.
We had four different models of ThinkPad at the office, and I swear, there were six different battery variations.
And I think about the Tesla Roadster, which runs on the equivalent of 6,831 laptop batteries, minus the individual plastic cases, and I start to wonder how come it costs only $120,000.
I’ve talked up the freezing cycle for a while now, and I must report that not everyone has been successful with this same technique — but when it does work, it beats the hell out of paying for a new battery.
And things eventually will get better, because they have to:
If every part of the car, or the coffeemaker, has exactly the right amount of the right material in exactly the right places to perform its function, there’s no reason for it to break unless you hit it with a hammer — and that means it lasts for a long, long time. The manufacturer might prefer that it break so you have to buy a new one, and people accuse them of that motive all the time, but think: it costs the same to make a defective part as it does to make a good one, and then you have to spend time (=money) sorting the bad ones out. It’s cheaper to let the engineers work as hard as necessary to make all good parts, and that’s what they do.
Then again, this laptop dates to 2001. I’m pretty sure no one expected it to be around after a decade.