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I've been collecting for a few years now, but a recent find made me want to make a conquest post.

 

I recently acquired three great computers in one lot:

 

The first is a PowerBook Kanga. In great shape, and with a battery that still holds several hours of charge.

 

The second is a PowerBook 140. It came with a bad hard drive, but I was able to source a donor (broken case) PowerBook 520 from a local junk store ($10) to revive it.

 

The last was a Macintosh Plus. Very yellowed, and the floppy drive is flaky, and needs a cleaning, but it boots very well from an external drive or from a Floppy Emu.

 

All of this came my way for the low, low price of $Free!

 

This lot was listed on a local classifieds sir for $200, but I guess there were no takers - the lot price dropped to $100, and then to "free, but take all three”, which I was glad to do.

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I have never tried LetGo before; prompted by some discussion on here in the Craigslist thread, I hopped on and had a quick look.

 

What a great coincidence: I've been looking for a Macintosh Portable for years at a reasonable price, and there was a listing up (for a week!) with a Mac Portable for CAN$150.

 

The seller actually drove 20km to deliver this to me. Based on the info he had in the ad, I actually got more than I expected.

 

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It actually came with the case, which wasn't shown in any of the photos. It's in great shape, though one foot is missing.

 

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The plastic is crack-free, with minimal yellowing.

 

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Only the space key is yellowed. Very clean!

 

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Hard drive and original battery still there, along with a 1mb ram card.

 

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The 9v battery leads are severed, the battery compartment looks clean.

 

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Bottom case is a little dirty, but in otherwise good shape.

 

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The back is also in good shape.

 

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The power supply is really discolored, but it seems to be outputting the correct voltage.

 

So, I haven't tried to power this on yet - having wanted one for a while, I know a recap is mandatory, and that I'll need to recell or replace the main battery. That's going to have to wait a bit, but I'm really looking forward to it!

 

Bonus:

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Late last year, I picked up this working recharging tray from a local junk shop for $5 - I told myself I was going to sell it, but I never listed it anywhere because I suspected I'd regret it. Glad I didn't!

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Got an LC II + Macintosh Color Display today; it's been a while since anything vintage has come up locally for a reasonable price, and it seems like beige Apple monitors are getting hard to find around here, either alone or with a system.

 

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I've been collecting for a few years now, but a recent find made me want to make a conquest post.

 

I recently acquired three great computers in one lot:

 

The first is a PowerBook Kanga. In great shape, and with a battery that still holds several hours of charge.

 

The second is a PowerBook 140. It came with a bad hard drive, but I was able to source a donor (broken case) PowerBook 520 from a local junk store ($10) to revive it.

 

The last was a Macintosh Plus. Very yellowed, and the floppy drive is flaky, and needs a cleaning, but it boots very well from an external drive or from a Floppy Emu.

 

All of this came my way for the low, low price of $Free!

 

This lot was listed on a local classifieds sir for $200, but I guess there were no takers - the lot price dropped to $100, and then to "free, but take all three”, which I was glad to do.

 

The 3400/Kanga G3 batteries are almost other-worldly with their longevity. I have a 3400 with the original battery that still goes for about two hours on a charge, almost 20 years later. 

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Lombard/Pismo batteries seem to be similar. I have an OEM one that still holds a charge., after being dead for about 8 years! It just decided to wake up and work one day, and at last check (4 years ago :| ), it ran for about two hours on a charge!

 

I also have an aftermarket battery that seems to run for about 1-1/2 hours, but it cuts off abruptly at the end of it's cycle (jumping from 10% down to 0), so it has seen better days.

 

But at least it works! And that one I tested more recently. Back in April or May, I think.

 

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