• 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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5 Years Strong

    • Written by from Portland

    I purchased my Macbook in March of 2009 and five years later I'm still using the original battery. The condition does say "replace soon", but it went through 4 yrs of college with me- aka treated like garbage. Battery now only last about 1.5 hr compared to it's original 6ish but after 5 years, I'll take it. Highly recommend.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love MacBook

    • Written by from Friendswood

    Ok not sure why people are giving a 1 star...well actually READING their reviews I know why. It's USER error!!! Do you really thing a battery will stay charged 24/7/365 without plugging it in to FULLY charge that makes me LOL. Anyway I have had my MacBook 13" since 2008. That for those that cannot count is 6 years and guess what...my battery JUST NOW DIED!!! Ordered a replacement that should be at my house today. I must say I am very happy with all my Apple products and maybe those giving 1 star or 2 star should read instructions on how to care for you mac. BTW that is just MY observation ;)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook 13" Battery

    • Written by from Summerville

    I purchased my MacBook in 2007 and this is the first time I have had to replace the battery! I use my MacBook every day and love it!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    • Written by from London

    I have the 2008, White Macbook!

    My battery has lasted 6 years! Reading reviews online, I reckon this has lasted so long because I would let my battery run to 5% then charge it each time. I am very happy with my new battery....so far! My Macbook still works like the day I brought it and that's why I love Apple products, they last!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A good experience....

    • Written by from London

    I have to say i have three MacBooks..... the one from 2009 has a battery that is still working fine... I have nothing but a good experience i have to say.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5 years, not too shabby!!

    • Written by from Spring valley

    I got my MacBook five years ago. I knew nothing (until today when I ordered a new battery) about the full charge-full drain for the battery in order to achieve optimal performance, and life of the battery. I plug it in when it get's below 5%, and unplug it when it's fully charged. I have five years of heavy wear on my MacBook, and this is the first "issue" I've had thus far. I am beyond pleased with the performance, and long life of my original battery, and looking forward to getting another 5+ years out of my new one!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Long life!

    • Written by from Peru

    I bought my Macbook in 2008 and am now just needing a new battery. It held great charge up until a few days ago when I was alerted to change it. Many people have complained about the supposed short life of these batteries, but if you dont know how to properly cycle a battery from Apple, it's your own fault. Charge to 100% then drain to about 5% before plugging it back in. Also, looking at the care instructions can help too. These products are great if you know how to use them.

    5 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    7 years, 1,133 cycles.

    • Written by from Oak Ridge

    I've had my macbook since late 2006, the battery has over 1,000 cycles, and it just recently died in the spring. I wish it didn't cost $130 to replace the battery, but you really can't beat a battery that lasts for 7 years.

    Like anyone will tell you, batteries in wireless devices should be fully charged, then fully drained to get maximum performance. If you can do that, these batteries will last without a doubt.

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  • 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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just adding my two cents

    • Written by from CHICAGO

    I have been reading all the reviews and I have been having the same problem as others. I have had my mac since 2008 and really haven't had much problems. I had one problem in 2009 where my screen wouldn't work but Apple fixed it for free. I now have the battery problem, where there's an X in the battery and it has to remain plugged in all the time or it won't work. That was a year ago. It didn't bother me much until my new boss told me I have to bring my own laptop to work. Now I must purchase a new battery and I am not happy about spending $130 on it! C'mon Apple, help your loyal customers out!

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  • 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...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality.

    • Written by from York

    Macbook and battery are now 5.5 years old and still going strong in comparison to other makes of computer I've had before and since. Battery now down to 335 cycles out of the original 1050 but this includes some serious plugging-and-unplugging abuse when I lent the computer to someone else. Still runs for about 2hrs when unplugged, but dies without warning at about 14% charge. Consequently thinking about replacing it but in no hurry. A quality piece of kit, Apple.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Sowerby Bridge

    Battery is 66 months old, on it's 1050 cycle count and still lasts 2 and a half hours after charging. Others may not be happy but I'm well impressed.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook early 2008 edition (white) 1336 Cycles!

    • Written by from Bridgewater

    Most people don't know how to diagnose a computer over the years and take care of it. However, I still understand that internal errors occur with no fault to the user. My computer is currently 62 months old and still holds an 88 percent charge. (Thats 4426 mAh compared to the design capacity of 5020 mAh). It's been through 1336 cycles and counting. At this point I feel like it will last forever, but I know that's not true. I came here to say I will be buying a new macbook soon and I hope I can mirror these results. Hopefully I didn't just get lucky and these batteries can really last over half a decade as mine did the first time.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A fine battery

    • Written by from Chicago

    I bought a refurbished Early 2008 Macbook direct from Apple in March 2009 and have been using the same original battery since then! 410 charge cycles and it's still functioning quite well.

    To the folks who are complaining in a _comments section_ about swelled batteries and poor experiences, should call Applecare immediately. Walk any swelled battery into an Apple store and most likely you'll get a replacement! Complaining here in this venue shows you'd rather complain then have the issue rectified by Apple.

    Also...
    I bought a 3rd party version of this battery for friend's Macbook and there are a number of downsides (you might save some $ but it's not worth it):
    They don't fit properly (you might have to take an exacto to shave off plastic to get it to fit with the twist-lock in place!)
    They are light: obviously not taking advantage of the full enclosure
    Parts inside rattle: poor built quality, letting parts inside rattle around

    So the Apple 13-inch Macbook battery is solidly built and functions very well. Enough with the haters! Buy Apple Genuine!

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