• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not happy

    • Written by from burnham on sea

    Im now on my third charger and will now have to get a second battery!
    After the first Magsafe failing, the battery died on me and apple kindly replaced. Now i've had to buy a new Magsafe after my current one broke and will now have to buy a new battery as it wont be recognized by my Macbook.
    Not in the least bit happy!

    27 of 46 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??

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    11 month old 13" Macbook Battery

    • Written by from PITLOCHRY

    The battery life of my machine is about half of it original capacity. I notified the supplier, Scotsys, of this by telephone and asked if this was normal.
    They told me that it was out of warranty. I should take it to their store (Edinburgh is 70 miles away) and leave it with them for testing and that the machine will work without the battery.
    I use the machine with the battery nearly all the time (whilst travelling) except when charging it. I bought it because it was portable.
    The machine has been repaired twice under warranty for different things and been away for a total of 4 weeks already. My old computer packed up now so I have no spare.
    As i cannot easily be without it the implication is that I buy a new battery.
    Not very satisfied.

    64 of 122 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook battery

    • Written by from Hereford

    It pays to investigate a problem before picking up the phone to Apple or marching into a store. My battery was showing the black cross and no other sign of life. I found the problem on the website and went through the suggested fixes, none of which worked.
    So, I rang Apple, told them what I had done and, without a moment's hesitation they said they will send me a new one free of charge - and my machine is over a year old! I don't know how to rate this starwise because it might be a duff product and it hasn't had time to arrive yet, but maximum stars for no quibble goodwill service.

    49 of 93 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from London

    I have the 2008, White Macbook!

    My battery has lasted 6 years! Reading reviews online, I reckon this has lasted so long because I would let my battery run to 5% then charge it each time. I am very happy with my new battery....so far! My Macbook still works like the day I brought it and that's why I love Apple products, they last!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why bother saying 1000 cycle count?!

    • Written by from Aylesbury

    Adding the cost of this battery to the initial cost of the laptop and then looking at how long i have had the laptop for I could have bought a new "cheapish" non-apple laptop every year for the same cost! Apple has been a huge disappointment to me. I will continue with this laptop attached to the plug (as now it wont even turn on unless it's plugged in) and put the £101 towards a new laptop, which will definitely not be an Apple product.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Battery Life

    • Written by from Sallins

    My battery has lasted 859 (Cycle Counts) and I have had it for 5-6 years. A credit to Apple considering it is only supposed to last on average 300 cycles. So now I am off to buy a new battery.

    15 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor

    • Written by from Horsham

    Our Macbook was bought to replave an old G4 which had lasted 8 years.

    Battery failed in less than a year initially intermittently so we took it in to Apple and they failed to find any problem. When it went totally it was past the 1 year guarantee so we are faced with a £100 bill for replacement - oh plus another £40 for travel to and parking in Brighton....

    In the meantime we are left with a laptop which is no better than a desktop and which has to remain plugged in and powered up all the time otherwise we loose all data - i.e. it forgets the wireless link and passwords.

    I have been an Apple fan since the old Apple Macintosh 2 in the mid 80's. however this last offering has left a very bad taste. Their products used to come with everything you needed and lasted for years. Now they are cutting functionality (no word processing, spreadsheets or drawing as standard, now no CD/DVD drive) and on this experience poor reliability. Now I'm not sure if I'll be going for another Mac after this one...

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from York

    Macbook and battery are now 5.5 years old and still going strong in comparison to other makes of computer I've had before and since. Battery now down to 335 cycles out of the original 1050 but this includes some serious plugging-and-unplugging abuse when I lent the computer to someone else. Still runs for about 2hrs when unplugged, but dies without warning at about 14% charge. Consequently thinking about replacing it but in no hurry. A quality piece of kit, Apple.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sowerby Bridge

    Battery is 66 months old, on it's 1050 cycle count and still lasts 2 and a half hours after charging. Others may not be happy but I'm well impressed.

    6 of 9 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent battery, unless you get the old swollen one.

    • Written by from Billingham

    My battery from my 2008 Macbook White has just started saying "Condition: Replace Soon" which means it is holding less charge than it originally did. It still lasts nearly two hours and has taken 1624 cycles at the time of writing. I would hazard a guess that most of the people complaining that it is a year old and dies within 5 minutes are people who have constantly left the power cable in, which is NOT the way to treat a battery. Learn how to take care of Li-On batteries and they'll last for a very long time.

    Finally, people saying Apple should incorporate their "new 7 hour battery technology" into these older models, it's not a new technology, it's just removing all of the casing and removing the ability to take out the battery yourself to create more physical space for cells.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A good experience....

    • Written by from London

    I have to say i have three MacBooks..... the one from 2009 has a battery that is still working fine... I have nothing but a good experience i have to say.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor battery life

    • Written by from TILBURY

    I have a 17" PowerBook G4 I bought when first issued (~2003) & the battery will still do 3hrs. My MacBook on the other hand which was bought Feb 2007 has said 'no battery available' since last spring.
    This hasn't bothered me too much, I'm quite happy to have it plugged in continuously, as I have been waiting patiently for Apple to provide a version of the current 'longer lasting battery' for my MacBook - but I'm still waiting.
    I don't mind buying a new battery as this is cost effective against buying a new laptop but I object to buying the same battery that on further investigation showed I only got 33 cycles out of!

    And yet the PowerBook still lives on!

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly well if you take care of it.

    • Written by from EPSOM

    I've had my MacBook nearly eighteen months, it's done nearly six-hundred charge cycles and the battery's still running nicely with about 98% of its original capacity.

    My sister has had her MacBook almost three years and her battery has had trouble. Hers was in a batch that did have dodgy batteries, and despite being out of warrenty Apple were happy to replace the faulty battery free of charge. The brand new battery she got has never been calibrated and as it is she barely gets two hours out of it. I still get a good four hour run - unless I'm running Logic 8 or Parallels.

    In summary - take care of it. It's not that much effort running it all the way down and back up, especially if you're a student using it in your flat and in lectures. Do that and you won't have a problem. Problems only come with ignorance.

    27 of 53 people found this useful