• 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

  • 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.

    84 of 89 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.

    88 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Years and -40 Degrees

    • Written by from NEWTON

    My first MacBook battery lasted me for over 4 years and 1800+ cycles before it went down to 80% capacity. I have been in Mongolia for 3 out of the 4 past years with the Peace Corps. This battery has been through a lot, including -40 degree winters. I couldn't ask for more than that. I got my replacement this week and look forward to the next 4 years.

    30 of 44 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.

    82 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling battery = Fire Hazard?!?!

    • Written by from Sellersburg

    Judging byt the amount of people I have talked to about this,it seems that about 3/5 of these batteries will (at some point) swell and cause the cover to come off.I'm not sure why apple isn't replacing this themselves instead of having the customer drop 130 for another battery that will either,
    A) do the same thing
    B) not nearly last as long.
    very let down by this battery and apple.

    61 of 63 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling battery

    • Written by from Pleasanton

    I noticed the white plastic cover coming loose from my MacBook. I thought it was from carrying it around in my backpack. After reading reviews here about swelling batteries I looked at mine and discovered the cover was coming off because the swelled battery was popping the cover off. And as other have pointed out, now it doesn't sit flat on a table anymore. Mine is a 2009 MacBook 13". Pretty disappointing actually ...

    71 of 78 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Watch out for swelling problems.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    My first MacBook battery swelled to the point where it rendered the trackpad inoperable and my MacBook would not sit flat on a table. After two years and less than 100 charge cycles, I had to get a replacement. I'm currently on a replacement battery and I can report that it seems to be holding up well, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    58 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple guarantees cycles NOT years of use

    • Written by from Albany

    IF you bought your laptop battery from Apple, it is guaranteed for a certain number of cycles NOT for a certain length of time. If your battery has problems, take it to the Genius bar and have it checked out. If you have a real Apple battery and it has fewer than the rated number of charging cycles then they will give you a new one for free. (Does NOT matter if your AppleCare has expired.)

    I have an old MacBook Pro and an old MacBook (both bought in 2007). Have replaced the Pro battery twice. The MacBook still has the original battery with 2168 cycles. iStat Pro says "Health: 87%", but I am going to replace the battery because it has begun dying too quickly at low charge.

    I keep the electrons flowing in laptop batteries by using the laptop without the power supply and then plugging it in when not in use. I never leave the power cord connected when fully charged.

    The battery life is not great. I got about 4 hours in the first year of using my MacBook and have gotten about 2.5 hours since then.

    The Pro battery is not good, but if you get it to a Genius at first sign of a problem, you might get a free one. The MacBook (non-Pro) battery is great if you treat it right.

    51 of 56 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    extremely poor life

    • Written by from Cochrane

    My macbook now says that I have to change the battery and it won't charge. Checking the system profiler, I've had 63 cycles. That's $2 a charge. So now I'm forced to purchase a new batter for $129.

    55 of 65 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.

    116 of 129 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from West Melbourne

    My original 13-inch MacBook battery lasted 3 years and a 3 months.

    I bought a replacement and expected it to last about the same.

    The replacement lasted one year and two months (just beyond the warranty).

    42 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great battery if handled correct

    • Written by from Umeå

    Bought my first Macbook 2006 and my battery needs to be replaced now almost 5 years later!
    I have used the laptop as a laptop by using the battery and charge it when it needs power and not letting the charger be connected all the time, if you do so you do not need an laptop. The reconditioning process they have for keeping the battery alive for a long time seems to be working just fine.
    I've been using a few PC laptops but none of them held this long...

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    52 months - 1698 cycles - 95% capacity

    • Written by from Maple Grove

    I occasionally calibrate the battery. Maybe every 2 to 6 months.

    I use it 2 to maybe 6 or more hours a day. FULL brightness. Always wireless. I think I get short of 3 hours off a full charge. But I'm not sure. It was more in the beginning so I'm loosing time. But not bad.

    I plug it in whenever. After shutdown - 10% left - 1/2 charge; sometimes when almost fully charged. I unplug, whenever I need it, even if it's not charged all the way. I leave it fully charged and plugged in for hours. I've even left it plugged in (or not) for days while out of town.

    There is definitely a pattern....

    Those who are happy with their battery.

    And those who "ALWAYS (whatever) and ALWAYS (whatever); yet, I have problems." Is it them? The laptop? or the battery?

    I was thinking of buying a second one soon. On the other hand, after reading a bunch of reviews, I might not need one.

    P.S. How does ANYONE own a laptop for 4 years and only cycle the battery 400 or so times?

    15 of 24 people found this useful