• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed experience but good warranty service when needed

    • Written by from London

    I bought my Macbook about 5 or 6 years ago and the first battery died suddenly and unexpectedly after about 15 months. I was not impressed but I took it to the Mac store and they swapped it for free despite it being out of 12 month warranty and beyond the 300 recharge cycles they normally use as a limit for a minimum lifespan. Nice service but i'd have been highly unimpressed if they hadn't.

    The replacement battery lasted from then until it died recently. This time it's performance reduced gradually until it finally stopped recharging all-together. About 4 years life out of this one I think? 621 recharge cycles. Pretty reasonable I think.

    If your battery dies unexpectedly (rather than gradually losing performance) I would recommend trying for a warranty replacement no matter how long you've had it.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Still pleased

    • Written by from Fordingbridge

    I'm just about to purchase my second replacement batter for my 13-inc MacBook, bought in 2006. Each battery has lasted roughly three years and this latest one has gone through over 360 cycles (I'm told that 300 is about the average).
    Having inherited work laptops whose batteries only held about 20 minutes charge after being left running off the mains continuously, I've always taken care to charge and run down my battery, allowing it to completely run down until it powers off at least once a month.
    If you look after these batteries, they will give you a good long life. I've recently been given the tip of removing the battery when you can run the laptop off the mains and I will be making use of that to further the length of time between replacements, if not increase the number of cycles, and save battery use for when I don't have access to a power source.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't complain about performance

    • Written by from Biggleswade

    I have had my macbook for 3.5 years now, battery used to last nearly 4hours now it barely lasts 2...hasn't done too bad, but I have looked after it well. The price for a new one is far too high, I don't mind paying a little extra for Apple product but when it is £30 from a third party you wouldn't expect apple to sell for more than £60!

    If you have the money buy the apple product...but I wont be this time

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as people say

    • Written by from Oldham

    I've had my MacBook just over four years. It has been wanting a new battery for about 3 months and I have finally given in and bought a new one.

    I have regularly let it run out and given it full recharges. It has done 330 cycles.

    £100 is a bit steep but when I think I spent about £40 on a cover and £25 each on various leads that I use infrequently, £100 for something essential doesn't seem to be quite so bad.

    I'm not sure why everyone is so surprised that it is so expensive... has anyone ever seen anything in the Apple store that is cheap??

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Battery

    • Written by from WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA

    The battery on my four years old 13inch Macbook has 'bowed' to the extent that I now cannot reinstall it. I assume I shall now need to replace it. As I rarely use the Macbook on battery power only (it's usually permanently connected to the mains) I assume I can defer the purchase of a replacement battery and run the Macbbok without the battery installed. Possibly related to the dead battery is the fact that the Macbook seems to run hot for most of the time. The fan keeps coming on. Are the two facts related? Any advice on this would be appreciated. The Macbook sits on a shelf with reasonable air space around it.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good life span

    • Written by from Hucknall

    So today my 4years and 2month old MacBook's battery has decided to die at 622 cycles out of a maximum of 1000 cycles. Although having to pay so much for a replacement battery is abit unfair as I have already replaced a MagSafe at £50 in its lifespan! Now to decide to run my ageing MacBook of the mains or fork out £101 for a new battery.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The original battery lasted for 4 years

    • Written by from Cork

    The original battery on my white 13 inch Mac lasted for over 4 years and the battery life was great (still around 4 hours just before it died on me). I have just ordered a replacement one and I hope it will be as good as the original. The Apple Help line was great, quick and friendly.

    15 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not actually a bad battery at all.

    • Written by from Gatley

    I've used one battery with the laptop for three and a half years.

    I was even very bad to it, letting it completely go to zero and forced sleep many times.

    It's done 704 cycles and health is 50%. I have about 45mins video and 1hour 30 normal work.

    Yes, £99 is too steep, but if I get another 3+ years out of it it's worth it.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A good battery

    • Written by from Weston-Super-Mare

    My battery has lasted me very well, after 614 cycles it's still at ~70% health, I'm sure if I get into calibrating more this can stabalise too. The button to check charge is a very neat function, one of those 'Apple touches'. Although mine may be over the hill in terms of its life it's still very good compared to many of the alternatives out there.

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Rechargeable battery

    • Written by from Hemel Hempstead

    I have had my macbook for nearly 5yrs and this is the first time I have had to replace the battery! I think that is pretty good value for money. I use my mac everyday and always wait until the charge is at 0% before I charge it again. What are you people doing with yours? 4 batteries in a year?! In the time I have had my mac I have seen friends buy at least 2 PC's and spent loads. I have bought a new hard drive and now have to replace the battery! £250 in 5yrs is superb I think... Macs are an investment look after yours

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product

    • Written by from SLOUGH

    There is no doubt that this is a good product. I've seen many other laptop batteries fail quicker and hold much less charge.

    I've had my MacBook for over 2 years and it still has about 80% of its charge capacity. However it was being a little bit temperamental at times - it started saying there was no charge when there was, randomly "losing" large chunks of charge etc. So I decided to buy a new one. Yes £100 is steep (well, £88 for me 'cause I'm a student) but you can't expect batteries to last forever - they just don't! I'm sure in years to come Apple will come up with some genius solution to the problem and revolutionize laptop batteries forever, but until then, we're just gonna have to bite the bullet. I do however think they are just a touch overpriced, but what apple product isn't?

    13 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Lifetime, Reliable

    • Written by from Cardiff

    I've had my MacBook for two years and it is only just showing the signs of age. I will soon purchase a new one and feel that the battery has served me well. £99 is a little expensive but not overly so for a product that has been very reliable. I have abused this battery everyday and it still gives me what I need. A solid product that easily competes with any other battery on the market.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's Not That Bad

    • Written by from ORMSKIRK

    I've had my macbook for 2 years now and have used it nearly every day. The battery is now at 45% health meaning that is the maximum charge I can get relative to the original battery life. I think this is reasonable wear and tear considering how much I use it. These macbooks are really quite sturdy even though I have had to change my HDD, screen, some electronics inside and now my charger has just burnt a hole in itself, but apart from that, not too shabby!

    11 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I've seen a lot worse

    • Written by from Newcastle Upon Tyne

    I've just got my Apple laptop and haven't seen a laptop last as long on the battery as a macbook (one of the main reasons i bought it). All things considered, many people would pay anything from £49.99 up to £100 for a battery that doesn't have as much charge and yet most people reviewing the macbook battery haven't said anything about the charge. For those complaining about how long their battery has lasted, try using it via the mains when you don't really have to use the battery and equally, unless you're charging the battery, take the battery out when the laptop is plugged into the mains, you might just find that your battery will last longer.

    6 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad.

    • Written by from Harrow

    I've had my macbook (CoreDuo) for about...2 years and a half. Battery is still alive and kicking, sure it doesn't exactly have a great capacity since it does tend to only give me about 2-3 hours of power.. (low cpu usage).

    Can't remember the last time i calibrated it...but apart from that it works fine!

    None of this battery not recognized business.

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