This 68-watt rechargeable lithium polymer battery is compatible only with the 17-inch MacBook Pro.
Ratings & Reviews
Just 3 years, and the computer was shutting itself down auto. The battery life was declining day by day, which was a worry, as new one cost £100. Yesterday, disaster. My MacBook Pro was wobbling on the desk. The battery was swollen. My God. I was in shock.
Apple, you must sort this swelling out. It has really annoyed me, as now I've got to pay out.
Other remarks - the battery is way too hot. I even saw someone on the internet fry an egg on it!!!
Shame, as I love Apple products in general, and though this has annoyed me, I still do support Apple, as it's the best on the market for designers. …
- Written by Jacek W from Blackpool
592 of 639 people found this useful
Thought I'd redress some of the negs here
People don't seem to be reviewing the battery at all in the top pile of negs posted here. Here's a quick crack at it....
My 17" M acbook pro comes with one of these batts (as does yours!) - If mine is anything to go by, you should get 1.5 years of regular use before you need to replace. This should be expected of any rechargable battery of this kind of size and complexity. Laptop batteries don't get treated properly because they regularly get plugged in when they are only at partial discharge. This is not brilliant even for modern Lithium ion etc. However, I treated mine to regular discharges and full recharges to keep the sectors / cells open and flexing (or whatever the term is - I'm no scientist geek!) and I have been very impressed with what these power cells can achieve when compared to my Sony Vaio and Dell laptops (I have many). I think £100 is a bit hot for a replacement here - so I have just bought one on eBay for £38. The dude says it's a real one. It had better be! Perhaps I'll come back here and tell you the story when it arrives! - Anyway - I would say, yes do buy this battery when yours starts to misbehave. And don't be dissapointed if you've had a year's worth of good use out of the one you are recycling. If you are out and about without mains a lot, then you should definately have at least one spare. Having two batts also helps you look after them properly because you can (if you're disciplined enough) let them discharge fully before swapping out. Battery swelling? So hot you can fry an egg on it? It does sound like it's time for a replacement doesn't it.... What's that you say? Only had it for 6 months... erm - why don't you send it back to Apple then, it'll be under warrantee! Stuff does do wrong sometimes you know. Honestly some people don't know a good thing when they see it.
Trust me - These are good. I know what I'm talking about.
- Written by Spike A from Edinburgh
414 of 540 people found this useful
I am reluctantly, to say the least about to buy a 3rd battery for a 17" macbook pro, Apple please sort this out, there is obviousl y a major fault!!!!!!!!! …
- Written by Tim S from CANVEY ISLAND
341 of 401 people found this useful
An expensive disappointment
I put a new one of these in a 7-year old MacBook Pro (17-inch) 2.16 Core Duo just 5 months ago when the original battery started t o report the 'Service Battery' condition. After only 107 charge cycles the new battery now registers 100% charge but shows an amperage of zero and will no longer power the MacBook. The battery status menu says 'Service Battery' already, so this new one has gone kaputt already.
I didn't dispose of the old battery, which lasted more than 6 years before it began to report the 'Service Battery' message after 650 cycles, so I've put that one back in the MacBook, charged it up and it's fine. A real workhorse battery.
I expected at least as good service from the new battery, and have to say that a £100 battery that lasts only 5 months and 107 cycles before going belly up is a very poor show indeed.
This seems typical of the current supplies of this particular battery, and it really isn't good enough. Five stars for the original battery, which is back in the computer and once again allowing me to transport my trusty MacBook. But the minimum of one star only for the new battery purchased here which is dead after only 5 months. …
- Written by NIGEL J from WITNEY
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Another swollen battery
Now need to order my 3rd battery in 5 years.
It's a complete DISGRACE. And at £100 a time, I feel I'm being mugged by Apple for their own incompetence.
Although working (at the moment) the current one has now swollen and is preventing me from clicking the trackpad button properly! …
- Written by Simon G from Basingstoke
8 of 8 people found this useful
Oh dear Apple, You Fail!
Yet another swollen battery, about to order my fourth. Apple have been quite good at fixing other issues will all the mac products I've owned over the years, but on this they have failed, deciding to ignore the problem. I've tried 3rd party batteries too, but no luck there either...please don't make me buy a PC..... …
- Written by Michael B from DUMFRIES
24 of 24 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
To calibrate the battery:
Plug in the MagSafe power adapter and fully charge the MacBook or MacBo ok Pro battery until the light on the MagSafe connector changes to green and the Battery icon in the menu bar indicates that the battery is fully charged.
Allow the battery to rest in the fully charged state for two hours or longer. You may use your computer during this time as long as the power adapter is plugged in.
Disconnect the power adapter with the computer on and start using it with battery power. When the battery’s charge gets low, you’ll see the low battery warning dialog on the screen.
Continue to keep your computer turned on until it goes to sleep. Save your work and close all applications when the battery’s charge gets low and before the computer goes to sleep.
Turn off the computer or allow it to sleep for five hours or longer.
Reconnect thepower adapter and leave it connected until the battery is fully charged. You may use your computer during this time. …
- Answered by Kevin B from Greeley
- Asked by Diane C from Santa Cruz
Yes. I ordered one of these for my 2006 MacBook Pro 2.16 Ghz Intel Core Duo, and the one that came i s exactly the same part (Model Number A1189, 10.8v, 68Wh) as the original battery that came with my MacBook Pro.
I believe this part is used for all 17-inch MacBook Pros, but if you want peace of mind before ordering, simply check the model details printed on the battery in your MacBook; if it says 'Model Number A1189' (as mentioned above), then it's definitely the same battery as the one advertised here. …
- Answered by Nigel J
Does it harm the battery or reduce battery life, to use the AC adaptor for extended periods while the battery is fully charged?
- Asked by David M from Millville
There is no simple answer to your question, unfortunately. Lithium batteries have a naturally decayi ng capacity, as the battery forms deposits in the reactants that decrease battery capacity and longevity. A number of things will accelerate this, and keeping the battery at full charge is one of those things, so you should use your battery. At the same time, lithium batteries do not handle "deep discharge" or high current draw as well as other chemistries—like NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) or NiCad (nickel-cadmium)—and as a result it is a good idea to be connected to AC power when asking the computer to do anything power intensive.
It's worth reading Apple's recommendations for caring for laptop batteries (go to Apple.com and add /batteries/notebooks.html to the URL or search for it, as I am unable to post a link). In short: Ideally you'll use the battery part of the time and AC power part of the time. If you leave it plugged-in for long periods of time, you should cycle the battery once a month. And if you're storing the battery for 6 months or more, you should store it at about 50% state of charge.
Hope that helps. …
- Answered by Nicholas H from Plano
- Asked by Bhushan S from Salisbury
Absolutely not...look at the installation instructions...this battery installs in a hole in the bott om of older macbook pros...there is NO hole in the bottom of a 2011 macbook pro.... …
- Answered by D A Steve G from Miramonte
- Asked by Michelle S from Sudbury
Realistically this battery will last around 3 hours as long as there is not heavy usage of the CPU o r GPU. So as long as you are doing basic things like e-mail, web surfing, etc you should get decent life out of it. Also turning down brightness, running only 1 program at a time, and turning off bluetooth will all help preserve battery life. Also running it in cycles and using a battery keeper program will help to extend the life. I am a photographer and if I am doing light photo editing I can pull 2-4 hours out of this battery as long as I adhere to the aforementioned guidelines. …
- Answered by Michael S from Paramus
I have a 15 in. Macboook 1.5 GH, G4, the battery which came with the computer is about 6yrs old. Can i get a new battery for this computer?
- Asked by Eugene S from Middle Village