• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Downfall of a great computer

    • Written by from Asheboro

    I bought two MacBooks, mine a late 2006 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo bought new from the apple store and a second one for my mother for a Christmas gift. Hers was a 2007 model with the same specs. They have both been great computers other than the batteries. First my mother's battery started to bulge. It had gotten so bad by the time she told me about it that it ruined the track pad button and it had to be replaced along with the battery. I replaced hers with a NewerTech aftermarket battery primarily because the Apple OEM battery was on backorder at the time. I purchased a replacement top case from eBay and replaced it myself.

    Not long after this mine started to swell also so I replaced it with a genuine Apple part and did so before it had a chance to damage the computer. It is important to note that both batteries still held a great charge when they failed from swelling. A couple of years go by and my mom's NewerTech battery started to swell just like the factory battery did. I ordered another replacement from the Apple store and it is doing fine. Now my battery which appears fine says "Service Battery" and discharges at a rapid pace (about 45 minutes per charge). I don't know what the problem is with these batteries but there is definitely a problem. I purchased a new MacBook Pro with Retina display earlier this week. I don't know what I will do about the MacBook battery but I suppose I will continue to use it until it swells or dies.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality battery, Short lifespan

    • Written by from Brentwood

    My experience is similar to that of many others on this forum. The battery that came with my late 2007 Macbook (model 3,1) lasted a solid 4 years, at which time I replaced it because it started to bulge and affect the use of my Trackpad. My first replacement purchased in April 2012 died after 3 months, and the second replacement, covered under warranty, has died after 1 year. Today, the Mac Genius offered a replacement for $130, but after the experience of having 2 batteries die so quickly, I will forgo the purchase of another Apple battery and look for a more reliable 3rd party alternative.

    12 of 14 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Denmead

    This battery hasn't lasted long at all, my first one lasted about 4 years, and this one has lasted 5 months!

    25 of 28 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Clinton

    The battery didn't last long and it swelled so much it protrudes about an 1/8" in the center.

    43 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible at best

    • Written by from Kingsport

    I purchased one of these to replace my original battery for my MacBook. One year later it died again. These things will drain your wallet. If your battery dies just get a new computer... or if you really like donating to Apple then keep buying these batteries.

    56 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short life span

    • Written by from Aurora

    After only 162 cycles, the battery only holds 1/3 the charging capacity, even after several attempts to calibrate it. Very disappointing to say the least. The replacement batteries are not of the same quality as the original!

    57 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    All Apple batteries are faulty

    • Written by from Townsville

    Apple macbooks have the worst quality batteries due to being assembled in China. I have a lithium ion battery that has swollen and have been told by Apple this is normal after 2 years. This of course is rubbish, if the battery had been assembled properly it wouldn't have swelled. I run my laptop from mains power and haven't bothered to replace the battery. I consider Apple batteries to be junk and poorly designed/assembled.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    POS

    • Written by from Chino

    Stock battery with purchase of my Macbook died on the 100th charge cycle...and so I finally purchased a brand new one from the apple store just a few days ago and it's dead on the 4th charge and is not charging..........ridiculous.

    131 of 183 people found this useful

  • 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

    2nd Battery Swollen

    • Written by from Indore

    I have a macbook, my factory battery got swollen 6 months out of warranty period. I bought a new one and today even that has swollen. Definitely an issue with either the batteries or the laptop itself. I have other Apple laptops in the family, none have had this issue.

    131 of 144 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Yet another battery

    • Written by from Fort Wainwright

    My macbook goes through about 1 battery per year. This is HORRIBLE! I wish apple would recall the batteries or the computer, which ever is the source of the problem. I am a loyal apple customer, but I have had to replace my battery on this one macbook at least 5 times. EEEKK! Thats a major expense on an already expensive computer.

    49 of 56 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.

    AVOID!

    38 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Swollen

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Like many others....2nd battery swollen, low number of cycles, track pad acting up, an explanation that this is supposed to happen, and the option to pay $99. Very disappointed.

    83 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What

    • Written by from California

    The battery at first last 4 years than I got a new battery it only holds its charge for 1:30 minutes

    52 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad battery

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I've been reading good reviews and bad reviews. I would have to say that the battery life is super short and it is not worth the money. I've read all the instructions on how to take care my macbook including the part about battery. The battery is drained out just like Apple drained my money to buy their battery that doesn't even have a 1 year life expectancy. TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED.

    69 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery bulge after 71 cycles

    • Written by from Healdsburg

    The idea that the "bulging" battery issue is for depleted batteries etc is BS... my current battery has decided to literally split its seams after 71 cycles. The fact that apple doesn't replace these is definitely an extremely sore point with this customer.

    128 of 135 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

    Battery Swelling loss of trackpad functions

    • Written by from Vadodara

    Since, the past month, I have been facing issues with my Mac hanging suddenly, the battery though fully charged shows low charge and the screen turns blank. The base of my 13 inch Mc Book White has started to bulge and I have lost click functions on my track pad. I have regularly calibrated the battery and this issue disappoints me. I recently had to replace my Mag safe adapter and now the battery is giving trouble. I feel it was not worth investing in the Mac.

    85 of 95 people found this useful