• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BATTERY HORRIBLE-

    • Written by from oceanside

    In less than year battery stopped working unless plugged in. If I wanted to be plugged in all the time I would have bought a desktop. I thought APPLE was supposed to be superior to PC, but in regards to this battery I am VERY disappointed. It is so expensive to replace this battery for less than 1 year of use! THUMBS DOWN!

    138 of 161 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook 13" White battery issues

    • Written by from Round Lake

    I've had a white 13" MacBook for about 3.5 years and all of a sudden the battery doesn't last for 5 minutes. Apple prides itself with good solid products. I like the Mac but they surely need to fix this battery issue. Its tough having to shell out $130 for a new battery every 3 years. My 5 year old Sony laptop still gives me 3 hours of battery time!!!
    C'mon Apple!

    114 of 127 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    makes me strongly question mac quality

    • Written by from Hancock

    My first battery died after 309 cycle counts. I was a student at the time and using it unplugged almost every day on campus I hit 309 cycles after having it just over a year. Tech support said the batteries are only designed for 300 cycle counts. 300?! And the support specialist continued to tell me that 300 counts in a year is "extremely heavy use". Heavy use? For a student using it every day on campus and in class that equates to a year! The $130 price tag is completely ridiculous as well, when almost any other computer battery on the market is ~$50. And also the fact that it died after 309 cycles? That's not a huge margin.

    My second battery, I was very cautious with. I always plugged it in, and I also graduated and used it less since I had a work computer. After a couple years I'm at about 200 cycle counts. However, I have found that it has started swelling which I discovered when my track pad stopped working. I realized the swelling battery was pressing on the pad from the underside rendering the track pad non-functional (or randomly engaging in a continual selected state which caused more trouble than it not working at all). I have also heard that a swelling battery could be a fire hazard.

    You would think you could take a battery out and run a laptop off wall power alone, right? Not with this mac. I do so and within a few minutes of use the screen goes black and/or the computer shuts down. Apparently under normal use the computer uses the battery as a backup when it can't get enough power. When it doesn't have the battery as a reserve it shuts down.

    I refuse to spend another $130 on another low quality battery and I am seriously considering giving up macs all together. (Other issues have included a disintegrating keyboard, peeling/cracking plastic around the keyboard and screen, airport card malfunction, a broken wall charger and now a second battery going prematurely.)

    I'm starting to think that apple is coasting on a reputation and not backing it up with quality products.

    112 of 125 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Heads Up

    • Written by from Daleville

    I saw that many of you wrote a review on how you're "not surprised" about the failure in your battery life. Remember, your notebook is a PORTABLE, it is NOT a laptop. These computers are made to be portable with the adapting charger. If you let the life in your battery run out, then your battery will indeed not charge to it's fullest, nor will you get the maximum amount of life from the battery power source. You can check to see how many times you've ran your battery down by going to "about this mac" on the apple icon located in the top left corner of your screen. Click "more info" and scroll to where you see "power" on the left. Also, download the free software "battery update" if you see that your computer isn't communicating to the battery like it should be. You can tell if you're updated on your battery by click HD/system/library/system config/batteryupdater/apple+i (info). If you're a macbook you need battery updater 1.2. If you're an os x, you'll need 1.3

    137 of 176 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beyond disappointed

    • Written by from Brighton

    My first Mac was a G4 Powerbook, whose battery lasted four years. That was the computer that sold me on Apple quality.

    I bought a Macbook just over three years ago, and today, the second battery I've had for it just died. No gradual decline in life signaling I'd better take care of this problem soon. I powered up this morning, it showed a full charge, but said I had only 9 minutes of battery life left.

    And no, I do not leave it plugged in all the time. After my first battery died, I made sure to educate myself on how to best maintain battery life. Unfortunately, none of those tips seem to matter with this battery. This will make it 3 batteries in 3 years of ownership. That's not right.

    95 of 109 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    die young

    • Written by from IRVINE

    I have 2 MacBooks because I'm an avid apple fan. However, I am very disappointed in this product. Both of my batteries died little after a year. Now I have to buy 2 more. Hope you have better luck with yours.

    109 of 137 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a quality product

    • Written by from Chicago

    My battery just died after 18 months. Had laptops for the past 15 years and this is the first time a battery abruptly dies on me. I'm used to slow declining performance, but not failure without notice. Unfortunately there's no choice but to buy from Apple. I miss my Thinkpad.

    121 of 161 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apparently People Don't Know How to Use a Lithium Ion Battery.

    • Written by from Denver

    Just like most cellphone batteries, this is a lithium ion battery, something that — if you've ever taken chemistry you would know — is one of the most powerful chemical combinations for a battery.

    However, like all batteries it has a power input capacity that when over filled will either melt the battery, or cause it to die over time. That is the same case with this one, so in order to maintain its life and keep it healthy, you have to use all that power you've been flowing into it.

    So if your battery is becoming useless very quickly, it's because you aren't using it for a battery, you're using it as a liaison between charger and laptop, so buy a desktop if you want something stationary.

    Laptops were designed to be mobile. So use them that way.

    157 of 234 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.

    130 of 182 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling a big problem

    • Written by from Austin

    Swelling happened suddenly with no warning. Cracked the case of my macbook. Went to Apple store, and the genius told me it was normal for batteries to swell after they died. He also said he had never seen a bloated battery crack frame. Looking at the reviews online, I don't think he was entirely honest with me.

    I do think it's sad that unless you can watch your battery on an hourly/daily basis it can mess up your computer. Apple needs to fix this before they can earn more stars.

    83 of 88 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 Batteries Swollen and won't fit in machine!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I purchased a Macbook for my wife a few years ago and about a year and a half ago the battery started to swell to the point that it wouldn't fit into the machine. I went to a local authorized apple repair shop and the guy told me that he'd seen this before and that all I could do was buy a new one because it was past the warrantee stage. Bought one and a year and a half later the same thing! Brutal! Seriously consider either not buying one or checking if there's some sort of extended warrantee on it if you really need one.

    79 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery life is a joke

    • Written by from Tipperary Town

    My battery died after i had my laptop about 19 months. I use it quite regularly as a student so i was quite disappointed that it died so quickly. I followed the instructions about full powerups and drains to the tee.

    While i can understand why a battery used quite a lot will die earlier I cant understand the price. These laptops are quite expensive as it is and as I already mentioned I am a student so it really is an expenditure I cant afford.

    Hopefully when I save the money to buy a new battery- €140, the new one will last me the next two years while I finish my course.

    Very unhappy. The support guy at Apple was very helpful but this very short battery life is a serious flaw that needs looking into as judging by these reviews it's a very common problem

    88 of 99 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sub-standard product at premium price.

    • Written by from Manitowoc

    Apple, a name which typically means best of class. God knows I love their products. So I have to wonder what they had on their mind when they chose this battery for their MacBook. What a dissappointment. I feel as though I have bought an Astin-Martin with a Ray-O-Vac battery. Apple, do us a favor, pay attention! Please don't sell sub-standard products, be it a battery or a cable. The worst part of all this is that I am forced to replace one sub-standard battery for another, most unfortunately to the tune of $130 dollars! Have some dignity, at least sell this "battery" at a low cost!

    110 of 144 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad, bad battery

    • Written by from Fresno

    I got a macbook about 18 months ago, and now the battery died after about 10 months. I bought another battery, but it again died after about 7-8 months. I have no problem with other pc laptop batteries (dell and sony). I hate spending extra $250 for a thousand dollar laptop. Apparently, this battery problem is not just mine. I have friends in the bay area who complain of the same problem. Next time I decide to get a laptop, I will strongly reconsider buying an apple laptop, unless they improve the reliability of the battery.

    88 of 100 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why Apple Why?

    • Written by from Neenah

    Buyer beware! This battery is very frustrating. I finally talk my wife into buying a Mac and now after the warranty expires the battery dies. Well I shouldn't say dies because the tech said that the battery shows good life left but it will shut my computer down if my MacBook is not plugged in. I wish apple would step up to the plate and fix this problem and give us poor suckers who bought this inferior product a credit or rebate.

    104 of 133 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Battery

    • Written by from San Diego

    If you just cycle it properly you are fine. I have 138 cycles on mine and it is still at 100% battery health and lasts for hours (4ish depending on what im doing). I am very happy with this battery. If you keep your computer plugged in all the time the battery is going to die fast. All i do is charge it overnight, and then run it til its dead. I never plug it back into the wall if it has over 20 min of battery life left. Just cycle it... high to low... if you do this, it will last you a long time. I couldnt be happier

    107 of 140 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.

    81 of 89 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling Battery!!

    • Written by from San Clemente

    Off to buy yet another battery, after spending a lot of money to replace another case for my macbook. So bummed, the battery swells and disables my track pad. Guess this is a known problem, yet no solution?! Very frustrating and disappointing Apple!

    74 of 76 people found this useful