updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue May 13, 2008
Extended battery upgrade
QuickerTek has introduced an extended battery upgrade for Apple's MacBook Air, which it says offes six to ten hours of additional battery power -- for a total of 12-16 hours of battery life when used in conjunction with the (charged) internal battery. "Since the MacBook Air has a non-removeable battery, the typical user strategy of using multiple batteries is not possible. QuickerTek had already developed battery charging technology for MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, but those solutions did not charge AND power the computer at the same time. QuickerTek's MacBook Air External Battery powers and charges the internal battery while in use."
The company claims that the External Battery Charger recharges in only three hours (versus four hours via the included AC adapter). The 1.2lb battery, which users Lithium-Ion Polymer technology and offers a LED charging status indicator, is styled to match the MacBook Air, but the company cautions that the product should not be used with MacBooks or MacBook Pro models.
The battery costs $300 and comes with a one-year warranty.