• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An A+++ product

    • Written by from Copperas Cove

    I hear what some say about its life expectancy, but having gone through 3 new pc's in one year(2 IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad, and a Sony Vaio) I bought this one 3 years ago and have never had a problem with this product after plenty of traveling and power sources in different countries.

    After 3 years, this battery is still going strong. The only reason I finally had to replace it was because it began to swell a little. It was more cosmetic than a lack of function. It still works as though it was nuclear or something. Are these what they use in the terminator?

    18 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love Apple, Hate this battery

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Really. Cant' you guys come up with something better? I drain it completely and try to never charge it overnight, just enough to fully recharge. I still only get about four hours out of this thing that cost a small fortune. These batteries should go for 8 hours minimum.

    38 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't complain...

    • Written by from Ironwood

    The original battery on my MacBook 13" has lasted 897 cycles. Only recently have I noticed a steep decline in usage time. Sure, it's time to replace it now, but after 897 cycles, I can't complain - that's a long time. A lot depends on how your machine is set up and how you use it. That said, i use my MacBook a LOT, as in, I should probably go outside and get some daylight now and then. Overall I'm satisfied with the battery's life and hope the new one I get will last just as long. As other reviewers have noted, let the battery drain fully before plugging it in.

    On a side note, it seems Apple Customer Care has really improved of late. My Apple Care expired years ago and this last year they really took good care of me when I had hard drive issues. Thanks Apple! Keep up the good work.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Buenos Aires

    Lots and lots of people say the battery does not worth for the amount of time it should. I say they should treat better their laptops. This battery has lasted me for 3 years and it still holds up 2.5 hours. I realized that if you happen to install windows, the battery drains way faster, and it's life as well. A friend of mine bought his computer a couple of months before and his battery is almost dead, but mine is just holding 60% of its original charge.
    I believe this battery is so much better than normal laptop batteries, And even better if you use it only with Mac OS X. The OS already contains embedded how to proper use the power consumption as windows does not. Usually other brands try to add a bundle software to Windows in order to control the power consumption, which even makes your computer to run slower! I have recommended Macbooks to practically everybody due to my 100% satisfaction over the past 3 years compared to other laptops that i used to have.

    14 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from New York

    Like another reviewer said, DO NOT LEAVE YOU LAPTOP IN SLEEP WHILE UNPLUGGED FOR OVER A DAY OR SO. In sleep mode it'll drain the batt far past it's reserve level and into the point of no return. I accidentally did it when I thought I shut my computer down, and now the batt shows 0% all the time, or a little slash through the battery icon. Sad face. Now I need a new battery. The lamest part of this is if you accidentally disconnect the power supply (trip over it or move the computer) the whole thing shuts off. (it's an obvious statement, but a super frustrating one.)

    221 of 230 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.

    96 of 110 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Satisfied.

    • Written by from San Diego

    It is still better than most PC laptop batteries, but nowhere near as good as the original battery I received with my Macbook about 4 years ago. Something is definitely different about the quality of the battery.

    34 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    battery life

    • Written by from sarasota

    One of the complaints I see about these batteries is that they only give you 2.5 hours of use. Make sure that under System Preferences > Energy Saver you set the battery state for better battery life. Another thing to keep in mind is screen brightness, wifi, and bluetooth. Turn off Bluetooth and Airport if you aren't using them as they drain power searching for networks and devices.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    LOve the macbook, hate the battery...

    • Written by from Culver City

    I have had my Macbook for over two years now. The battery on a flight to Florida, just expanded like it had a balloon in it, which from what I read is common. I cannot believe it is going to cost $129.00+ tax to replace it, and this is a known issue. Maybe my Applecare is still good. I did not have any issue with the time the battery lasted, it all depends on your brightness settings and such.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    560 cycles and still at 92% health

    • Written by from Halethorpe

    If you leave the cable in once the green light comes on, you're going to kill the battery. Every month I let the battery completely drain until it shuts off my mac and then fully re-charge it. My mac is 4yrs old, and with 560 cycles I'd say it's done pretty darn well :)

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery has only 98 cycles

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I love my Macbook, but I called Support and they told me the battery needs replacing and I only have 98 cycles on it.
    It has swollen up recently and is pushing up on the touch pad causing it to not work.
    I thought that it would have much more life than this.

    Not happy with battery, but love the MacBook.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Defeats purpose of a Labtop

    • Written by from San Jose

    I love my macbook, but the battery only lasted me for 2 years. And with such an expensive computer I expected more. The battery only lasted a couple hours unplugged, which defeats the purpose of having a lab top, A.K.A. portable computer. I'm very disappointed in apple.

    40 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    0 star for the battery issue

    • Written by from Singapore

    I got my notebook two years ago. Warranty expired. I have encountered the battery expanding problem recently.

    The customer support told me i need to pay for new battery.

    I have fujitsu notebook with me and it's older than my macbook. The usage is about the same. The battery doesn't expanding at all. Expanding might lead to possible explosion. And now i have to pay for it.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Arlington

    Before I start this review, let me say that I love my MacBook, it's been great and runs pretty good.

    I've had it for about two years, right before I started college. Last week my light on my charger wasn't fully orange and was flickering. I find it isn't charging. I setup an appointment with Apple and go to talk to them today. After waiting 30 minutes after 4:20 for an appointment that was for 4:20 I get to the guy. He does a few things, presses some buttons and now it is suddenly charging again. However he says I need a new battery.

    Not sure how he got it to charge again but apparently the lithium batteries only last about two years. It's 130 bucks to replace it via apple. I didn't think these batteries went out like that, I thought I was going to be good for at least 4-5 years.

    In short, be careful, because these batteries have a terrible life. And it says I've used 190 cycles...which from what i'm reading is pretty minimal, that's just messed up.

    45 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sneak Attack...of FAILURE

    • Written by from Westerville

    I am just beginning my junior year of college and purchased my 13" macbook just before my freshman year so I have owned this computer a little less than two years. I follow the instructions concerning fully charging/depleting the battery and just last week my battery held a full 2.5-3 hour charge. Now, after letting my battery run itself out last night it is in a complete state of uselessness.

    The alert next to my battery says "(Not Charging)" "Replace Battery Now" and I can run off of nothing but wall power. As a student I cannot take my laptop to classes or use it in a professional setting without a charger (for which there is not always an outlet).

    This warning is not so much for the battery as the Macbook itself. Because while I don't like what has happened, we cannot help purchasing another of these batteries because that is what's compatible with our laptops.

    However, any purchasing an already expensive Macbook be cautioned! You will have to replace the battery...SOON! Great while it lasts...which isn't very long.

    66 of 91 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needed replacing after 232 cycles

    • Written by from Victoria

    I've had my macbook for just about 2 years now and the battery only had 232 cycles on it before it died. When I went to talk to the geniuses, the first thing they said was that I had a faulty battery and it needed to be replaced. Because I didn't get apple care, I had to buy a new one. They told me that batteries typically have way more charges before they die, and I just had bad luck.

    37 of 45 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great performance after nearly 3 years

    • Written by from CHATTANOOGA

    I bought my Macbook in Nov 07. Still running the original battery with cycle count at 662. It ran for 3.5 hrs before needing recharging this morning. The only time I plug my computer in is to recharge. No complaints here.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely dead after 400 cycles

    • Written by from Edmonton

    The original battery that came with my Macbook died after about a year and a half-- it was replaced free of charge due to a defect (an 'x' on the battery indicator). Now my replacement battery is dead (again after a year and a half) with less cycles than the original.
    I've had batteries slowly die and hold less charge as time goes on, but to have it completely die out of the blue is pretty awful.

    32 of 37 people found this useful