• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacement battery is awful compared to original

    • Written by from King's Lynn

    Having seen a number of poor reviews about this battery, I thought people had been unlucky and we are all more prone to complain rather than praise.

    The original battery in my MacBook was excellent - it lasted way above the cycle count expected, it held its charge well, and if it said 4 hours you could expect 4 hours there or there about.

    The replacement I purchased in September 2011 is completely different - when it says 4 hours it means an hour if you are lucky, when I open the MacBook it is invariably on red irrespective of the charging state when left.

    It's got to the point where I only use my MacBook under duress (e.g. on a site that uses Flash) and plugged in - which is a shame as up to replacing the battery it was my go to device.

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery rip off

    • Written by from Peel

    Had MacBook Pro for 13 months. What a surprise, the battery failed one month after the warranty expired. Apple wants me to pay £100 for a battery a year after I forked out a grand for a MacBook. Disgraceful.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Failure after 18 months on 3 Macbooks!

    • Written by from Stretford

    18 month old and the battery has failed!!!! 3 of our macbooks here in the office purchased at the same time, all no longer charge and failed roughly the same time. Are they given a shelf life when manufactured??????????

    Not too happy!

    30 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Like others, disappointed

    • Written by from london

    There's a common theme here - the battery failed in my mac book after 13months which was rather unexpected given that I only really use the laptop once or twice a week. At £99, that works out at about £1 a use - rubbish! Mac Helpdesk was very unhelpful since I was over the 1 year warranty.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor life

    • Written by from York

    After one year, battery life on full charge is around 45 minutes. Properly calibrated, moderate use. System profiler lies to me... Very poor battery. Surprised it's as expensive as it is.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Manchester

    ive had my macbook for 14months, everything was fine with the battery was holding a good charge like new, mainly used my laptop through the mains as i wanted to preserve my battery life as i had heard about these problems...But now my battery is being rejected by my macbook and a black x has appeared in the battery icon.... apple store said its a fault n the battery?? im to buy a new one for £100 !!! im a student cant afford.. very miffed off to be frank.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible. But What Can You Do?

    • Written by from Lowestoft

    I bought a MacBook on their first release. There were reports of battery failure and eventually, mine died too. I thought this wouldn't be a problem as Apple would replace a faulty battery as it had been admitted that it was their fault. But no. My MacBook was just over a year old. Not covered. I didn't buy another one as I didn't want to give Apple anymore money (£100 being alot of money to me). But now a year later my patience has run out... Because of the magnetic charger, whenever the table is knocked by computer cuts out. Which has proved to damage my Macs health, quite a lot. I'm now off to part with £99 to stop it completely dying. So, thanks for ruining my Mac with your faulty, expensive batteries.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really annoying

    • Written by from Espoo

    Because my harddrive broke on my macbook after 2 years of use, my 2(!) batteries stood unused for 3 weeks. BOTH of them died! Now I just get "Not charging" and "Replace battery" -warnings. Before the HD broke they worked fine for almost 2h without problems. This is the first time I had to throw fully functional batteries away, apparently because of some hardware or software system bug. And the guy from Apple just told me "sorry -they're out of warranty". So another 140€ down the drain... Weak, Apple, Weak.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery dyed after 16 months

    • Written by from LAHTI

    Very disapointed to quality. Especially compared to high price!

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacement Battery...... again!

    • Written by from EDINBURGH

    This will be my 3rd battery within 18 months? Not happy at £97 replacement. The current battery has only been charged 97 so well within the useage. If my Mac is left for more than a few days (ie a holiday) without being used. The battery just drains and the little x appears?

    Diappointed to say the least!

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How I got a replacement battery free from ...

    • Written by from London

    I've had the same problem as everyone here. I bought my MacBook on 7th July 2007, so its not old at all & yet when I tried to run it off the battery it would shut down immediately. It would switch off as soon as the power cord was removed. I phoned apple & told them about the problem. They said i needed a battery update. What a load of rubbish because it didn't work. Then they said i needed a software update, also a load of rubbish. I phoned them again & told them nothing was working & I was extremely dis-satisfied that I was sold a faulty battery. I was then told to go to an official apple store where I could replace my current faulty battery for a brand new one. If you have a faulty battery, I would suggest you get onto apple & demand a new one as it is totally unacceptable to make & sell faulty products to the public

    61 of 103 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Terrible Terrible - AVOID THIS IF YOU CAN

    • Written by from Cheltenham

    New Battery broke after about 3 1/2 months. £80 and it breaks after 3 1/2 months, obviously this is ok for Apple because they think after 90 days it's not their problem.

    I can not believe how arrogant they are. I have pushing £2000 worth of Apple products at home and I feel stupid for it now over an £80 battery.

    Looks like I'm not alone with this problem, Never Never Never buying with Apple again.


    37 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Barton-le-clay

    as others have said, i've had my macbook for a year and a half and the battery has died. Very disappointed as would expect more from an apple product. Took it into shop and when they told me price of a new one i laughed cos i thought they were joking! I asked why so expensive and was told its because they're so good. well, doesn't seem so!

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    battery inflated

    • Written by from Birmingham

    it's working perfectly fine but it just somewhat inflated!
    it's effecting the touch pad so much I cannot use my macbook with battery on
    cause I won't be able to click on anything!
    Having to buy a new one to replace something that works fine is insane.
    and the price is crazy high!!

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    second battery in 3 yrs

    • Written by from Folkestone

    Had my 13" MacBook for 3 years, and this is my second battery to dry up. This seems pretty poor in comparison to other makes of laptop I've owned. I can only assume these batteries have an issue.
    £97 does seem pretty steep for a battery. The only thing in Apple's favour is that when I took the first dud battery in to my local Apple Store the assistant was very helpful, and gave me a new battery for free. Fingers crossed this time...

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery died after just under 12 months!

    • Written by from Aberystwyth

    What more can I say. I treat my laptop very well and now it;s completely dead. One day working fine, then next day.. dead. There is clearly something wrong with it. So, now getting it replaced.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad At All

    • Written by from Dumfries

    Ive had my Macbook for nearly 3 years and after about 440 cycles it is down to 26% and the battery lasts 40 minutes if I'm lucky.

    I had never noticed any problems until very recently. It has only given up in the last few months so I can't really complain.

    I cant think of a day that it wasn't used, so this really isn't a bad time at all for it to last.

    Sometimes I would accidentally leave it in the car in cold conditions etc. and I have never really had any problems with it running.

    I'm not extremely happy paying nearly £100 to replace it, but i know it will be worth it knowing I wont have to plug in to charge after 20 minutes.

    I just hope my new one will last me as long :)

    23 of 29 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.

    23 of 29 people found this useful