• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exellent Battery, but take care of it.

    • Written by from London

    With over 700 cycles in the last 12 month my battery is still charging up to an average of 5320mAh, 5% over its original capacity of 5020mAh. The secret? Calibration every couple of weeks where you let it drain to zero, leave it for a few hours and charge it to full again... The instructions recommend a full charge before you start using it... if you don't do that, you can't expect it to last.
    It makes me sad when somebody tells me their battery died.. it's such a waste.

    39 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Battery Racket

    • Written by from Dartry

    Bought a new macbook from apple March 2007. In Dec 2008 the battery was not recognised even though the cycle count was less than 300. As I was out of warranty and the battery was not included in a certain batch, they would not replace it.

    It's a corrupt little business apple have going where they can charge people another 130Euro because Apple themselves supplied useless batteries.

    Have a lot of Apple products but I'm gonna steer clear in the future. 1-star for this and if they don't sort it out soon they will lose a lot of their valued customers.

    65 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "Unbreakable" - Rubish

    • Written by

    I got very confused when my battery failed me. I just could not believe it! Less than 2 years?!! The reason I bought this laptop in the first place was its supposed "unbreakable" nature...

    Man, am I disappointed...

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good choice - you will definetely need a new battery

    • Written by from Helsinki

    I myself used over 100 euros for new power adapter as the old one quit working. Now, one month later, my macbook won't recognise the battery any longer. Although many people have had the same problem I was informed that Apple won't replace the defective battery. I would understand that the battery lost its ability to keep the charge over time, but the total failure to recognise the battery is something I consider defective product that should be replace regardless of the expired warranty.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery down

    • Written by from SNEKKERSTEN

    My battery just gave up the other day. A quick search on the web revealed several instances, showing both the symptoms, the timing and cycle count within Apples extended warranty (search: macbook_macbookpro/batteryupdate/). According to Apple the Macbook I own, is outside the serial numbers affected.....
    Less than two years of performance is not impressive.

    56 of 61 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from Manchester

    I bought my MacBook about two years ago and since 2 months my battery is gone. Genius people in Apple Store told me that I have to pay £99 for a new one. Isn't it stupid? I bought APPLE notebook. I paid premium price for QUALITY!!
    I'm very disappointed with that.

    21 of 28 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbish short life batteries

    • Written by from London

    Same for me as for everyone else. I have had my Macbook for about 15 months. I use it for home use only - about 3 times a week, maybe only an hour each time. And now the battery is dead, it has a red X in the battery symbol so now i have to keep it plugged int he whole time to make it work. I am not paying £100 for a battery when i spent over £700 on the laptop just over a year ago. Am i meant to spend £100 every year on a new battery?

    52 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A let down for Apple

    • Written by

    this battery is a complete let down. within 18 months it becomes faulty. £99 is too much for a battery that only lasted that long. If you don't have a battery that works then you have to have the macbook plugged in at all times. Because of the animals in my home, they are constantly knocking the magnetic charger out and i have to restart the computer every time. This is not up to apple's quality and should be improved. I was very displeased with the product.

    44 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very poor

    • Written by from Sheffield

    The battery had to be changed in my laptop 3 times during its first year, now it's no longer under warranty i am having to chnage it a 4th time and cannot believe it is £100. This is shameful and has completely lowered my opinion of apple. The battery prices should not be this much especially knowing how poor the batteries are. I have 3 macs, 2 desktops in my home and shop and a laptop but i don't think i will be bothering to buy them anymore after this, poor show

    28 of 30 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

    Third battery in 14 months

    • Written by from Milton Keynes

    This is the second time my battery has failed in 14 months, the last time replaced was 5 months ago. Unfortunately now out of warranty I have to purchase a new one, but what choice do I have? Not impressed, this is my first mac and I was expecting much better quality.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not particularly long lasting

    • Written by from BRACKNELL

    Like two other reviewers, I have a dead battery after only about 18 months. Very disappointing indeed and, frankly, not up to acceptable standards.

    15 of 16 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