• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    equally unhappy

    • Written by from London

    my macbook is just over a year old. i calibrated it regularly as this is my first laptop and i am very precious about it. it has now decided there is no battery in there and has gone completely dead. not reduced capacity, but refuses to see that there is one present. £100 pounds for a new battery to replace one i didn't break is completely unfair and unreasonable. it is a hardware fault not bad maintenance that caused it.

    i'm a student and will not be able to replace this for some time. very unimpressed.

    1066 of 1302 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery failed 18 months old - not up to Apple standards

    • Written by from SWANSEA

    I don't think I should be replacing this battery at only 18 months old for £99 - this isn't good quality/value but the Apple helpline says it is within their acceptable standards. Disappointed. I'm usually a great Apple fan.

    631 of 716 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Deserves a nice review

    • Written by from Wimbldeon

    Like others, the battery in my wife's MacBook went, system profiler said that it was unrecognized. Spoke to the nice people at Apple and although the MacBook was out of warranty by over a year they sent a replacement battery for free. Nice service from Apple!

    480 of 718 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed with swollen battery!

    • Written by from Bickerstaffe

    I have had my macbook for just over 2 years and the battery still holds charge well. However, the battery is now so swollen and warped that it impinges on the trackpad above and no longer fits in the casing. I understand that batteries become less efficient with age but a deformed battery is surely a fault with the Apple's design!

    92 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality Battery

    • Written by from DEVIZES

    I love my macbook, it has lasted over 4 years and is still running well BUT in that time I have been through FOUR batteries...and despite having three years worth of apple care protection not once did they supply me with a new battery free of charge. Each time it had conveniently just passed a certain number of cycles meaning that it was no longer covered. Having now replaced 4 batteries at 100 pounds each I am left feeling thoroughly ripped off.

    64 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery just collapsed

    • Written by from København N

    Not more than a year old, and the battery indicator shows "x". No way go get it back to life. Not very good quality?

    64 of 70 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.

    66 of 75 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.

    57 of 62 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?

    54 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst product you could imagine

    • Written by from Haderslev

    I've had my MacBook for 3 years now and this is my third battery. The two first batteries was replaced under the warranty. Please note that I'm not allowed to comment on Apple's Customer service in this regard.

    Now there's a problem with the battery again and I'm therefore forced to purchase a new one. It seems as if Apple has great problems with their batteries in general. This is the third time I've experienced that my MacBook is not able to recognize the battery. There's an black X under battery status.

    Try and Google: "MacBook" "X" "battery" and "problems" and you'll realize that this is a wide-spread issue.

    Sometimes the problem can be solved through software updates etc., however that has not been my case.

    58 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Far too expensive

    • Written by from Musselburgh

    When you have invested in an apple product and it lacks battery longevity it seems like adding insult to injury to charge almost £100 for a replacement. £50 would be a more reasonable price.

    51 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The MacBook is a grate product, the battery is not

    • Written by from FRODSHAM

    In 18 months 2 MacBook batteries have stopped working, they went from working fine to the Mac not recognising. As this had not failed due to normal use and was the second time you would think Apple would replace it. However, they would not, so after having no battery for nearly a year I am about to buy a 3rd party one for £30 instead of the near £100 Apple want. I am also willing to bet it will last just as long if not longer.

    51 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Swollen after 18 months

    • Written by from cardiff

    Very disappointed in Apple standards.
    I though i was the only one with a swollen battery that does not fit properly, damages the outer casing and also makes the trackpad unresponsive but a quick search online showed that this is a common problem.
    As a student buying an expensive laptop to only cough up more than £100 for a new battery for no fault of mine is just ridiculous.
    I have taken very good care of the battery always calibrating regularly.
    The battery still holds a charge of about 4.5 hours with a cycle count of 117.

    Apple disappointed me...

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Woefully unsatisfactory

    • Written by from london

    Mine started not charging after about only 12 months, nowadays I have to have it plugged in all the time. Someone said it's not up to Apple standards, but in my opinion the only thing that has ever been up to Apple standards is the OS, this is nothing more than I would expect from Apple hardware. Now it looks like it's going to cost me £100 for a new battery every 12 months.

    Exceedingly disappointed.

    54 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Poor

    • Written by from London

    Have had my laptop about 18 months now and gradually it started not charging randomly, then sometimes I'd had to have it plugged in to use, then sometimes I'd fully charge it and it would die as soon as I unplugged it, then it just stopped charging. £97!? If you are forced to buy this item, do so elsewhere.

    48 of 53 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

    build quality dreadful, price disgusting

    • Written by from Teignmouth

    disgustingly over-priced, especially considering the buid quality is so terrible. My macbook battery lasted about 1 year then dead.

    seriously considering abandoning apple after over 6 years loyality. build quality of everything gets worse and worse whilst price stays high.

    45 of 48 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It does last, just take care of it!!

    • Written by from LONDON

    Like with any battery, proper usage should involve a full drain and full charge. I can reach 114% of the original capacity on mine after 4 months with over 160 charge cycles and 10Hrs + usage per day. Download Coconut battery (battery mointor program) and also learn how to calibrate the battery, and it will last. Remember that even when the battery shuts the machne down on 0%; there is enough juice to keep the work your doing on 'pause' in sleep mode for over an hour so you don't have to panic to charge it at 4 or 2%.
    My only complaint is that 5200mAh capacity isn't fair for the battery's size and price, as this averages 4 hours on an older Core Duo. (But four end to end standard psp batteries, taking up less area, would give you 7200mAh- or 1hour1/2 more life) meaning that theorically there can be much room for capacity improvement.

    168 of 294 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from NEWBURY

    Like other reviewers on this, i am completely unhappy with having to buy a new battery so soon into owning my first Macbook. Whilst i love the products i think Apple's general attitude towards aftercare is awful. We pay an absolute premium to be part of the Apple Club and i'm starting to question if their products are worth the hassle i've had so far since changing over.

    43 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great performance, high cost to replace

    • Written by from Great Missenden

    My MacBook is one of the first white Intel ones. The battery that came with it, like many, used to last 3-4 hours, and after 3 years it barely used to last 50mins.

    After replacing with a third party battery, up time wasn't anywhere as near as original equipment but 3 years on it still holds between 80-90% of the original charge and was about 66% of the cost.

    Like many of Apple's products the quality is good, but not at a price thats twice that of a manufacturers unbranded equivalent!!

    41 of 45 people found this useful