• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    defective battery

    • Written by from Middletown

    Well, those who write negative reviews have some truth, although the swelling took some time, say 4 years, starting in 2008, to finally not let the macbook seal up, there are defects. I was disappointed that this could happen in spite of using the battery separate from the power source, running the battery down as instructed, not dropping the laptop on the floor, and so forth. Though when you consider the overall cost of the computer, 120 for four years when you got the computer for more than 5 times this price isn't the worst of your problems. Still of all the aspects of an actual macbook, the battery is perhaps the worst part, even though the computer, it's hardware, and the operating system, have worked like a charm for me for the past 4 years.

    99 of 110 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Alright in the beginning, but it doesnt last forever :(

    • Written by from Perth

    I have has this battery since january 2008. It was fine for the first 3 and a half years. But I took it on a holiday to southeast asia and China in July 2011. I notice on the aeroplane back to Australia that my battery wasn't lasting very long. I looked at the bottom of my macbook and the battery was quite swollen. It's lasting less and less now and its getting more swollen. It lasted a while but still apple should design a battery for at least 6 years of life. So my point is it is great at the start, but as the years go by it gets worse. Its an alright battery, but it could be some what better.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Life

    • Written by from Upper Marlboro

    I just bought a new battery last year after my previous one died out (which I had for 3 years by the way), now I have to buy a new one after only ONE year because it's doing the same thing. I'm not understanding how I have to buy a new battery after only having it for a year. Apple please do better.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    swelling battery

    • Written by from Sanford

    I thought it was just a poor fit. I don't use trackpad much but when it stopped working I found it had to be replace because the battery had swollen so bably. Was also told this was a potential fire problem. Have been using w/o battery but finally decide to replace with travel coming up.

    42 of 48 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    totally disappointed from this battery

    • Written by from San Francisco

    ive got my macbook(that i love him so much) before 3 years ago.. & in the last year its gonna crazy the battery just fall apart all the plastic in the battery just going out .. & then half of my keyboard stop working.
    so im waiting 4 new macbook pros line to replace it .

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Suddenly deformed itself to death after 3+ years

    • Written by from Yreka

    My battery was still working well until the past week, when it suddenly deformed itself to the no-longer-functional point and has practically come apart. Of course my warranty expired about 3 months ago, so I guess I have no alternative to getting another one.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Book Battery

    • Written by from BLAIRSVILLE

    I've had my Mac Book for 4 years and this will be my third battery. I take great care in never leaving it plugged in beyond the actual charging (green) time and to drain it completely before re-charging. When the battery is new, I find that it does last for several hours at first but quickly has less and less charge time before having to re-charge. I have spent a fortune on this computer with new (2) chargers and (3) batteries and had to upgrade to Snow Leopard to even be able to access some of the newer things/software. But, I think that is just the nature of the beast. We can't live without them (not conveniently anyway) and we can't live with the high cost of keeping one around! Otherwise, I like my MAC.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    People! Read this Apple link

    • Written by from Chermside

    Judging by the general tenor of the negative comments here, more people need to know about the general and excellent Apple Lithium-ion battery discussion at 'apple com batteries', and the more specific Mac models battery info knowledge base article at 'apple com / kb / ht1490 (replace the spaces with dots to use.)

    Both pages good stuff, even for this old radio tech, and clearly presented.

    14 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from New York

    Like another reviewer said, DO NOT LEAVE YOU LAPTOP IN SLEEP WHILE UNPLUGGED FOR OVER A DAY OR SO. In sleep mode it'll drain the batt far past it's reserve level and into the point of no return. I accidentally did it when I thought I shut my computer down, and now the batt shows 0% all the time, or a little slash through the battery icon. Sad face. Now I need a new battery. The lamest part of this is if you accidentally disconnect the power supply (trip over it or move the computer) the whole thing shuts off. (it's an obvious statement, but a super frustrating one.)

    223 of 232 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great while it lasted, which wasn't very long...

    • Written by from Gig Harbor

    After only 199 cycles, my battery status is "Replace Now" and it does not hold ANY charge. Just last week my battery would still last 2-3 hours, and suddenly I'll plug it in and it says "Not Charging".

    Love the computer, used to love the battery, but I'm going to test my luck w/ a non-OEM battery this time around.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Work

    • Written by from Port Moody

    Apple has to pull up their socks on their battery issues concerning 1st generation macbook's. I understand there are limitations to charge duration, but the failure of the battery altogether is preposterous. No rechargable battery fails faster.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I have a nearly 4-yr old 1st generation white Mac book, and I had the same experience as many other reviewers. My battery died slowly but surely over about a year and a half. I didn't know about the charging it fully then draining it fully theory of maintaining it, so after I get my second, new battery (finally...) I will try it. However, I have to say the battery really isn't that bad. It's bad now (20 min or less without power cord) almost 4 years down the road, but until 2 years old, it held almost 2 hrs of charge which could have been worse... Can't wait to get a second one though.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Swelling Problem

    • Written by from Timonium

    The battery design is very well thought out in that its green LED indicators make it easy to tell how much charge is left even when the computer is off. However after having my macbook for nearly two years my battery started swelling dramatically, pushing up against the inside of the macbook making it almost impossible to click on the trackpad button and causing random clicks to happen when I rest my palm on the macbook to type. This is horrible.

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery dead after 3 years

    • Written by from Luton

    My battery just died after 3 years and now it says: Service Battery. Went to the Apple store to ask some questions and the Genius said that it is best to have your battery run to 0 from time to time. Do not leave it plugged in when you are not using your MacBook, unplug it from the power adapter. This way your battery will be doing its job of getting depleted and recharged, and with this it will serve even longer.
    I am a bit disappointed by the £99 price for a battery but will need to replace it when I have a moment.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sebring

    My battery is now in need of servicing. What does that mean? I now have to worry about a battery for my portable that has never given me 5 hours, despite the claims by Apple and some devoted/lucky customers.

    I will eventually have to get a replacement, I suppose, which then means more money spent. I hope that is not the Apple modus operandi, as I would be most disappointed. I agree with earlier comments, Apple does need to look at the quality of its batteries. Maybe that is why they decided to do internal batteries.

    32 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Assault and Battery

    • Written by from santee

    Have had my mac for about 3 1/2 years it will say fully charged and even on the power save mode it says (0:42) but only lasts about 10min well i guess shelling out $140 is what i have to do.
    Very disappointing. If after 3 1/2 years i only lasted 5 min with my Gf i would be in trouble
    also disk drive stopped working recently right after my apple care expired.

    45 of 57 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    bad battery

    • Written by from Cocoa Beach

    I have 3 MacBooks all 2 - 3 years old, now the battery in one is bad, completely dead, its the one in my wifes computer, she took great care to let the battery discharge completely before she would charge it again, and then charge it completely and so forth, the other 2 were treated with no regard to battery level or preformance, those 2 still have decent battery life, 1.5 - 2 hours light useage, go figure. now, I'll have get a new battery for her one? 1 in 3 ain't bad I guess.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Luck of the draw

    • Written by from Shipley

    To all those happily saying "well MINE hasn't broken" - that's brilliant for you, but don't assume that everyone having trouble with their battery hasn't looked after it properly. I am in the habit of charging and discharging it regularly, not leaving it uncharged sitting it it's bag and not leaving the laptop to get hot by having it on a soft surface yet I will be on my third when this one is replaced.

    Apple are aware that there is a problem, even if you are not. They were very nice the first time this happened, which I hope will be the case again.

    I think it's all in the luck of the draw, some people are luckier than others. I've been unfortunate enough to have 4! dodgy casings on my white macbook even though i'm always very careful with it. Each time Apple have been lovely and understood that even in the best of products, some flaws will still slip through.

    Overall the product does a great job, has a longer battery life than almost all others on the market and is mostly reliable. There are some issues which seem to be consistent but with each new release the problems are addressed.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook battery

    • Written by from Invercargill

    I have had my macbook for two years and I see that the battery is charging to eighty percent of its original charge, I flatten the battery completely about once a month and in between partially flatten it typically 3 to 10 times. My main issue with the battery is the replacement cost, it seems to me to be rather expensive. I like my mac and despite the higher price would buy it again. I particularly like the user friendliness. I do a bit of writing and love the keyboard, its soft touch, when I hop onto another keyboard they feel like dinosaurs.