• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Was a good product for me but understandly bad for others

    • Written by from Tadworth

    I've had my Macbook for 35 months and have not once had to change the battery. It is at 89% health and can last a solid 2 hours from full charge. I am currently speaking to you while it is on its 1879th charge.

    This said, my lifestyles involves the continuous draining of my battery, from 100 to 0, at least twice a day. Due to the way laptop batteries work this did more good than bad to my battery.

    However, I am fully aware that this is an intensive-use result of the battery, and does not apply to the majority of people using this product. This is why the product gets 3 stars instead of any higher, as when I used to have a less laptop-intensive lifestyle, the battery life was downright pitiful (full charge would last about 70 minutes)

    All I can do is suggest to let batteries run from full charge straight to 0, even let it fall asleep for a bit, before plugging it into the mains. This has definitely kept my battery's life expectancy high, especially as I was supposed to have a dead battery 1000 cycles ago. The numbers don't lie, I just hope I'm not the exception to the rule.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery dead after 3 years

    • Written by from Luton

    My battery just died after 3 years and now it says: Service Battery. Went to the Apple store to ask some questions and the Genius said that it is best to have your battery run to 0 from time to time. Do not leave it plugged in when you are not using your MacBook, unplug it from the power adapter. This way your battery will be doing its job of getting depleted and recharged, and with this it will serve even longer.
    I am a bit disappointed by the £99 price for a battery but will need to replace it when I have a moment.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Luck of the draw

    • Written by from Shipley

    To all those happily saying "well MINE hasn't broken" - that's brilliant for you, but don't assume that everyone having trouble with their battery hasn't looked after it properly. I am in the habit of charging and discharging it regularly, not leaving it uncharged sitting it it's bag and not leaving the laptop to get hot by having it on a soft surface yet I will be on my third when this one is replaced.

    Apple are aware that there is a problem, even if you are not. They were very nice the first time this happened, which I hope will be the case again.

    I think it's all in the luck of the draw, some people are luckier than others. I've been unfortunate enough to have 4! dodgy casings on my white macbook even though i'm always very careful with it. Each time Apple have been lovely and understood that even in the best of products, some flaws will still slip through.

    Overall the product does a great job, has a longer battery life than almost all others on the market and is mostly reliable. There are some issues which seem to be consistent but with each new release the problems are addressed.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed Feelings

    • Written by from Hawick

    I seem to be lucky given that my Macbook battery has lasted for just over two years. One day without warning the 'x' appeared and that was the battery broken.

    I'm not really upset about the battery dying after two years most laptop batteries have run their course after two years but why is it that apple think they can charge £99 for a new one.

    If this product is so fantastic apple, then offer a warranty that reflects the price a year is a joke and why should I pay almost £200 to get this extended to three years.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It does last, just take care of it!!

    • Written by from LONDON

    Like with any battery, proper usage should involve a full drain and full charge. I can reach 114% of the original capacity on mine after 4 months with over 160 charge cycles and 10Hrs + usage per day. Download Coconut battery (battery mointor program) and also learn how to calibrate the battery, and it will last. Remember that even when the battery shuts the machne down on 0%; there is enough juice to keep the work your doing on 'pause' in sleep mode for over an hour so you don't have to panic to charge it at 4 or 2%.
    My only complaint is that 5200mAh capacity isn't fair for the battery's size and price, as this averages 4 hours on an older Core Duo. (But four end to end standard psp batteries, taking up less area, would give you 7200mAh- or 1hour1/2 more life) meaning that theorically there can be much room for capacity improvement.

    168 of 294 people found this useful