• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't trust the negative reviews...

    • Written by from Snohomish

    I have had my macbook for 4 years and just recently noticed the battery health was 48% so not even dead yet. It didn't have any problems with swelling but I bought a 2nd battery just because I want longer battery life (my old one was getting about 2 hours) now I can have 6 hours of battery life and a backup battery just in case. I don't see anything wrong with the Macbook batteries, and if you are too stingy to pay $129 for a battery how did you afford $1,000 or more for a Macbook? When I had a Toshiba, the batteries were more expensive than a Mac battery and that Toshiba computer only lasted 1 and a half years!! I love my Macbook and am very happy with the new battery :)

    35 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    the 4th one i'm going to, sadly, have to replace

    • Written by from New Haven

    this battery dies after about 400 uses. for a laptop it is just unacceptable. when the first generation of macbook 13 white came out in 2005-2006, the first batch of these laptops all had manufacture defects. my 1st battery died after about half a year. then the second after a year, third after the third year, and now i'm going to get the fourth one.

    maybe it has to do with the fact that i travel among different countries a lot and the input power is fluctuating between 110V and 220V? maybe it's just not a good laptop battery overall.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    poor power :(

    • Written by

    after using it for two years now, the only problem that I've encounter is its power,out of nowhere, it's power suddenly failed.. i cant use it without charging it from the time i start until the end.. so i guess, i really need to buy a new battery and i hope this ones last

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Killarney

    I've had mine for 2 years now got her when they were first out had to have motherboard replaced and now battery only lasts 50% but computer tells 1.50mins but cuts once 50-44% reminds and refuses to go back on till plugged in.
    I'm not sure but seems to me that the battery is defective. I've just 183 cycles and doing the whole take out battery for and hold power for 5 secs didn't do much for long.

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Charged and Drain:Yet only 2 -2.5 hours

    • Written by from San Diego

    Honestly, I charged and drained my NEW battery as one of the reviewers suggested. Yet, the battery only lasted for 2 - 2.5 hours in normal use.
    As one of the the reviewers said, "yes we need it, no it is not great."
    Sorry everyone, but we are yet to see a long lasting laptop battery. :(

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ouch...

    • Written by

    My MacBook's battery died after about 5 months of use. Now I have to buy a $129.00 replacement? I think not. Goodbye for now, Apple.

    29 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was afraid of Apple

    • Written by from arlington

    For decades I was a pc guy. Not anymore. You get what you pay for. My 2008 macbook is on 784 cycles and is only recently starting to deplete faster. Still get a couple of hours.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality product, better than any other computer batteries

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    When I had a dell, after a year I would have to have my computer on the charger to be able to work. With my macbook, I have had it for three years and my battery life is just starting to be less. When I say less, I mean it lasts at least 3 hours on optimal usage settings still. So all in all, compared to other computer manufacturers I think that this is a great product!

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for Me

    • Written by

    I bought my MacBook in the spring of 2007 and never had to replace the battery until the summer/fall of 2009. I used my computer all the time because I was a student...I almost never shut my computer down. I traveled every few months but didn't really use my computer on my flights. When my battery finally died, my MacBook was still under my AppleCare plan. I brought it to the store and they replaced my battery for free. Not sure if that's normal practice or not, but I was definitely appreciative. I recently had to replace it again but it was my own fault--I fried it by using the wrong adapter for a year...lucky I didn't fry my whole computer. All-in-all if you're using it like an average person you're probably going to be fine. If you're on it all day every day then your battery isn't going to last as long...

    23 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    white macbook is a dud

    • Written by from Santa clara

    It's funny how all the bad reviews are in the battery section.

    In reality the problem is with the macbook itself excessively killying batteries.
    I went through 2 batteries in less than 6 months.

    One official Apple the other was off brand. both completely dead.

    so it's not the battery.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    45 months and going pretty strong

    • Written by from Tampa

    I use a late '06 MacBook, keep it plugged in most of the time, seldom run it down to the warning level. 664 cycles, battery is at 76% of original capacity. That last is my only semi-complaint. I think when it's time for a new battery, I'll get a new MacBook instead.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Its good.. but why does it swell??

    • Written by from Hyderabad

    Its been 3.5 years now since I got this Mac. And the battery worked well until recently when it started sweling. It still works well but I can't find a reason for its newly acquired shape.

    I think Apple should find out the cause and correct it to at least avoid such problems in future.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Laptop Battery I've Ever Used

    • Written by from Kirtland

    I have my original MacBook battery and it has gone through 581 cycles and is still at 99% health. I have noticed maybe only slight drops in battery life over the 3 years I have owned it. I don't know what the heck these people do to their batteries that only get a few hours after only owning it for a few years. My battery can last 5 hours if I turn of airport and turn the brightness down and only do small tasks (like not watching movies or games). It goes to show that with proper maintenance this battery will last a very long time. Just don't be an idiot, use it until it's dying, then plug it in, let it charge up and don't leave it plugged in all the time fully charged. Not that hard...

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Two batteries in two years

    • Written by from Nixa

    I've had my Mac for a little over two years and this is the second time my battery has quit on me. Two batteries in two years is pretty sad.

    The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because when it is working, I can go five or six hours on a charge. That's better than any laptop I've had in the past.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    After 15 months and 362 load-cycles it has higher capacity!

    • Written by from Gryfino

    Battery on my MacBook 2,16 has 5259 mAh vs 5020mAh 15 months ago, and 100% health. I'm very satisfied with the battery.
    It's really hard to believe that so many people have problems with it. Maybe you don't use it properly? 80% of time I work on battery and only 20% on power adapter, during the night it's plugged to adapter. I don't see any drama coming. Still, I'm getting 5hrs of casual usage with AirPort ON

    38 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing that Apple won't fix it

    • Written by from milton

    disappointing - - I would expect better from Mac. I have had my MacBook for two years and now get less than one hour battery time. This is a serious problem that will probably cost Mac many millions of dollars in lost revenue. Maybe they decided the fix would have cost more. I don't want to be cynical about Apple yet, but this is a serious problem that they seem to be ignoring.


    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by

    I own a duo core macbook and my battery died completely just after the first year. I think think Apple should back/fix their hardware and recall all these bad batteries. I don't think they are saving money by assuming that they aren't going to take a hit in image. They spent so much on their amusing PC slamming campaign. When will we see a PC company do an ad that shows the fat guy bragging that at least his laptop is mobile, or "We don't care, we don't have to. We're Apple, where else you gonna go?". Since PC is a competitive, multi corporation platform that offers competitive products for it operating system we will never see that. Apple is looking like Microsoft to me now. Just another monopoly.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook 13" Battery life

    • Written by from Rutherford

    I have found that every l-ion battery I have used for various devices are all subject to the plague of short life and run time if not "exercised" with 90% drain and %100 charging. As other reviewers have suggested, do not ping-pong the charging cycles.
    I am getting 3 hour runs on a charge at full brightness and with the screen saver off. At medium brightness, I get 3.5 to 4 hours of run time. I also turn off the audio if I do not need it. My Macbook is about 9 months old. I give it 4 stars only because the price seems to be a bit high. Could Apple offer a "faithful customer" discount?

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! So helpful, thanks again for the quality product!

    • Written by from Lenox

    I have never been subjected to such a terrible product before in my life. Please guard yourself against power failure and buy a desktop (or non-mac laptop). What is wrong with this terrbile terrible product?

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible half-life

    • Written by from Sacramento

    After a little over a year of owing a macbook, the battery is at ~35% capacity. Most of the time I followed the instructions that said to discharge and recharge the batter frequently, but this was not always possible, and my inability to follow these instructions at times was not responsible for the battery's poor performance.

    22 of 30 people found this useful