• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable - if you know how to care for it

    • Written by from Dorchester

    Bought my 13" Macbook in 2009 - still have the same battery, but now it only lasts about one hour (on low screen brightness). That seems pretty reasonable - 5 years of use and it now needs replacing at $129. But I WISH the instructions had been more clear from the start about how to use the battery so that its optimal health is maintained. For some reason, my computer no longer warns me when the battery is low - it just shuts off without warning. Let's see what a new second battery does for it.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good price at the store

    • Written by from Katy

    If you let Apple replace the battery at the store, it is $99 instead of $129. The warranty is only 90 days, but it is worth the $30 savings.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great......big price tag

    • Written by from Miami

    I bought my Macbook in March 2008 and after five glorious problem free years with my trusty notebook, I am just now having to replace the battery. I was surprised to read reviews saying the battery failed after just 18 months. I work on the road as a traveling consultant. My early 2008 Macbook gets vigorous daily use and has been bumped, banged, dropped and literally slid across a floor for 27 feet once but it's still completely functional and the battery had never failed until just this month in June 2013.
    Nothing electronic lasts forever, but for a notebook battery to last 5 years is great in my opinion. I'm not happy about the $129 replacement cost but hey, it's Apple and we're all aware that they're not known for being inexpensive.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good life span

    • Written by from Hucknall

    So today my 4years and 2month old MacBook's battery has decided to die at 622 cycles out of a maximum of 1000 cycles. Although having to pay so much for a replacement battery is abit unfair as I have already replaced a MagSafe at £50 in its lifespan! Now to decide to run my ageing MacBook of the mains or fork out £101 for a new battery.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed experience but good warranty service when needed

    • Written by from London

    I bought my Macbook about 5 or 6 years ago and the first battery died suddenly and unexpectedly after about 15 months. I was not impressed but I took it to the Mac store and they swapped it for free despite it being out of 12 month warranty and beyond the 300 recharge cycles they normally use as a limit for a minimum lifespan. Nice service but i'd have been highly unimpressed if they hadn't.

    The replacement battery lasted from then until it died recently. This time it's performance reduced gradually until it finally stopped recharging all-together. About 4 years life out of this one I think? 621 recharge cycles. Pretty reasonable I think.

    If your battery dies unexpectedly (rather than gradually losing performance) I would recommend trying for a warranty replacement no matter how long you've had it.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The original battery lasted for 4 years

    • Written by from Cork

    The original battery on my white 13 inch Mac lasted for over 4 years and the battery life was great (still around 4 hours just before it died on me). I have just ordered a replacement one and I hope it will be as good as the original. The Apple Help line was great, quick and friendly.

    15 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Still pleased

    • Written by from Fordingbridge

    I'm just about to purchase my second replacement batter for my 13-inc MacBook, bought in 2006. Each battery has lasted roughly three years and this latest one has gone through over 360 cycles (I'm told that 300 is about the average).
    Having inherited work laptops whose batteries only held about 20 minutes charge after being left running off the mains continuously, I've always taken care to charge and run down my battery, allowing it to completely run down until it powers off at least once a month.
    If you look after these batteries, they will give you a good long life. I've recently been given the tip of removing the battery when you can run the laptop off the mains and I will be making use of that to further the length of time between replacements, if not increase the number of cycles, and save battery use for when I don't have access to a power source.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad

    • Written by from Ryde

    I must admit I don't really have a frame of reference, since this is only my second laptop and my first one was stolen not too long after I got it. I have now had my MacBook for about 4 years and I am just now considering a replacement battery.

    I've never been diligent about fully charging/discharging the battery and would actually leave it plugged in for long periods of time. Now the battery lasts a bit longer than an hour, depending on what I'm doing, so I reckon that's pretty good compared to some people's experience. Lucky me I guess.

    That's all I have to say about that.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Battery

    • Written by from Canyon

    I've seen reviews that dog the Apple Battery for only getting 2-2.5 hrs more than the cheapies. I've got news for you, that is AMAZING. I'll take an extra 2 hrs all day long. That is the difference between making it through a work day and having to stop and recharge. Awesome Batteries!

    29 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Four years

    • Written by from Seattle

    I spilled water on my macbook and killed my battery. And it is a shame.

    I've had this macbook for a little over four years with no battery troubles. The battery stays charged for about 3.5 hours, more if I turn on some power-saving settings.

    Hope my next battery lasts at least this long.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Time For A New Battery

    • Written by from Edgewater Park

    I got my Macbook for Christmas in 2007. The battery burned out about a year ago and now I have to connect it to a power source when I use it. Im finally buying a new one. I believe the reason why my battery burned out is one of two possibilities. One is that I left my computer on sleep for several days or that I left it on the charger for several days. It happened so long ago I can't remember which one it was or it could have been a combination of both.

    31 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Rechargeable battery

    • Written by from Hemel Hempstead

    I have had my macbook for nearly 5yrs and this is the first time I have had to replace the battery! I think that is pretty good value for money. I use my mac everyday and always wait until the charge is at 0% before I charge it again. What are you people doing with yours? 4 batteries in a year?! In the time I have had my mac I have seen friends buy at least 2 PC's and spent loads. I have bought a new hard drive and now have to replace the battery! £250 in 5yrs is superb I think... Macs are an investment look after yours

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Early 2006 Macbook

    • Written by from Cuyahoga Falls

    I haven't plugged in my macbook for about 2 months (recently got an ipad 2 and sort of abandoned it). When I finally did tonight, I was told that my battery wasn't charging and that I needed a new one. At first, I was ticked off! 129.00 for a new battery!? But that I started reading the reviews and realized that I was one of the lucky ones! I got my macbook in 2006, and I got 1120 cycles out of it. I hope my new battery works that well because the rest of my computer is fine. That'll do, little battery, that'll do....

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    actually pretty good

    • Written by from Myrtle Beach

    i’ve had my macbook for almost 4 years now. for those of you who know what it means and care, it has 413 cycles on it and it’s going pretty strong. i used to get a full 4 or so hours out of the batter when i first got it. 4 years later? i’m down to an hour and a halfish to two hours depending on what i do. if i stream, then i’m down to about 10 minutes. i didn’t usually follow the thing where you charge it fully and then let it die. when i did, it did help. most likely going to get a replacement battery soon.
    just remember it’s how you treat it that helps it’s longevity. if you go and beat your car up, yeah you’re going to need a new one sooner or later. these things aren’t supposed to last forever.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    1637 Cycles on First Battery!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I'm still on my first battery and still get about 3hours on a full charge. I've had my macbook for almost 6 years now and its still great!

    29 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A pretty good battery with an evil side

    • Written by from Orinda

    This battery is pretty good and it has lasted me two years. I however didn't use my computer for a week, and just left it shut off with the battery partially drained. When I next used my computer the battery was DEAD. it had 601 charges on it, and before I was having a 95% battery life. I learned that you need to update the software in the battery chip via battery update 4.1, but the software won't work on Snow Leopard. I did find out how to work around the issue but had I known about this earlier I wouldn't have had to buy a new battery.

    53 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Price of Mobility

    • Written by from Sunshine Coast

    The price of mobility and using our macbooks alot is requiring the battery to be replaced. I use my mac book every day for probably about 5-6 hrs a day (uni, work, home) alot of the time battery only. The battery still lasts me 3 hrs a welcome surprise, the battery however has started to swell prompting my replacement.

    While the cost may not be ideal, the quality and performance you get in return makes it worth while.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a complaint

    • Written by from wichita

    I've had my MacBook for 4 1/2 years and still use the original battery. And I use it A LOT! I don't take care to fully charge and then fully run it down or any of that stuff. I've left it on accidentally and it's drained to shut off point a hundred times. It always comes back on. I take it school and it last through all my classes, granted it is depleted by the end of my last class. Macs are great. Having a battery that goes kaput on you after 13 months is not typical. But it can happen. As with any electronic device.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't complain about performance

    • Written by from Biggleswade

    I have had my macbook for 3.5 years now, battery used to last nearly 4hours now it barely lasts 2...hasn't done too bad, but I have looked after it well. The price for a new one is far too high, I don't mind paying a little extra for Apple product but when it is £30 from a third party you wouldn't expect apple to sell for more than £60!

    If you have the money buy the apple product...but I wont be this time

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Satisfied User

    • Written by from Mumbai

    Have been using a Macbook for 3 years now and am still on my original battery. Cycle count is at 622 and must say am envious of the ones with a count in excess of 900-1000.

    A few things which have worked for me - screen brightness always at the lowest level, disconnecting the charger once the battery is fully charged. The second one is important. I have a friend who keeps the charger always plugged in and his battery doesn't hold charge at all.

    One thing I've noticed is that when my battery completely dies out and I keep the computer in sleep mode for some time say an hour, it then takes much longer to charge. My guess is this reduces battery life and is something that must be avoided.

    Simple way of looking at it - be extra careful at the extremes of battery charge.

    15 of 19 people found this useful