• 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.

    18 of 20 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.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    long life

    • Written by

    I have had my MacBook for 3 years now and the battery is still going strong and holding a long life. The only problem I am having is the covering for the battery is starting to separate from the battery. It looks like the battery is being pulled down and out but after removing the battery and inspecting it I have come to the conclusion that it's just peeling apart. I build and repair PC's (dell,gateway,compaq, etc) and I will stand by APPLE 100% on their computers. I have been using an Apple computer since the Apple II (including the Apple IIe, IIc, and IIGS) and never had a problem. I am looking to pick up another battery for my MacBook just to have as a backup.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd time was the charm

    • Written by

    My 2nd battery is on 762 cycles and I bought it 2 years ago. It still says the condition is good. The difference this time is that I charge the battery to 100%, and then immediately disconnect from the power source. While I use it through the day, once it gets down to the warning that it will power down at 5%, then I plug it back in. Seems to work for me! The first time I would leave it plugged in all the time, because a tech guy I worked with said that is was fine to do that. He was obviously wrong. Giving it 4 stars because the battery is still too expensive for my liking.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    don't leave the computer in the case for two weeks

    • Written by from Carmel

    I have had the 13" black macbook for a couple of years and the battery has lasted fine on it, then I got married and went on my honeymoon for two weeks in maui leaving my laptop at home, and not using it, when I got home from the honeymoon the battery had fallen into a deep state of discharge, after much research on this issue, I am now very hesitant in purchasing a $130 replacement not knowing how long that replacement will last for it's very tenuous, dubious in fact.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    1st Generation MacBook

    • Written by from Glen Burnie

    I bought my macbook in 2006 and it STILL has all of its original parts. My battery is still going strong and lasts for hours.

    8 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep it plugged in it will die

    • Written by from new york

    I'm about to be on my third battery now in three years. It's incomprehensible that apple could have overlooked such a simple circuitry solution as bypassing the battery from ac power once it has fully charged or furnishing an option in the power profile to "cycle" the battery if the user should choose to leave it plugged in all the time. In any event all Mac buyers should be alerted to the fact that if you leave your computer plugged in at all times the battery will be gone in one year or less, especially those purchasing replacement batteries. Very bad business Apple Computer. I thought you were better than that.

    148 of 163 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Years!!

    • Written by from Morrice

    Honestly, I bought my Macbook the summer of '06 and never have used the battery properly. I always have it on the absolute brightest and never let it drain completely and not until now... 4 YEARS later does it die. I think that that is pretty darn good. Now that I know how to "properly" use a battery, let's see if I can make it 10!! It totally is worth the money. I mean common, you know what you are getting into when buying a Mac. It's expensive, but it's SO much better and SO worth it!

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good, if used properly.

    • Written by from Old Town

    I've had my macbook since June of 2007, the battery has had 892 cycles, and it's still going strong! I've used it properly, with the whole drain it as much as you can then charge it fully. When I do have a full charge, i still get at least 3 hours of battery when browsing the internet and that stuff. I highly recommend this battery to anyone who can use it properly.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's all about intent.

    • Written by from Annandale-on-Hudson

    I have had my laptop since May of 2008. I'm a college student, and so I rely on my laptop. While I haven't been the best about running the battery out and then charging it up, my battery has lasted me quite some time. Some would argue that over two years simply isn't a satisfactory amount of time for a battery to run well, that it should run longer, but considering my battery probably still holds a 2-3 hour charge when I'm running multiple applications with the screen at its brightest, I'm not complaining. I've been the type to leave my laptop plugged in while using it, which isn't all that wise with a portable computer.

    According to the Mac "genius" I talked to about getting my 13" black Macbook fixed (the topcase had chipped, which was fixed for free without Applecare), the batteries in my year of Macbook generally run about 300 re-charge cycles, and once it hits that threshold they start to deteriorate, which is why it's important to fully charge your laptop and use it until it almost runs out. Plugging it in before this happens isn't a crime, it's simply better for the battery. I'm fine with the fact that my laptop doesn't hold as much of a charge after two years, in fact it's quite nice. The PC I had before this (it was my mother's, really) had a horrible battery life.

    Though I know I'll likely have to buy a new battery within the next year, I'm quite at ease about it. I know it'll last me another two years, if not more. Considering I could get my topcase fixed for free, I'm not complaining about a $130 battery. It's worth it because my laptop isn't obsolete, it isn't choked with viruses, and it's still functions like I did when I bought it, it just doesn't last as long.

    24 of 28 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

    91 of 103 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good battery

    • Written by from Surrey

    Used for 1 year, 598 cycles, and averages around 1hr 45min. Health is 63% so i think its okay.

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from South Pasadena

    i bought my macbook last february or march. i have had 410 charges and it can hold around 2-3 hours of battery life. when i just bought my macbook it was able to hold around 5 hours or more. i think i might have to get another one soon though...

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    956 Cycles and counting

    • Written by from Orem

    For those of you that don't know how to use a battery I have received 956 cycles on this battery over a three year period. First of all, to get the most out of your battery you need to charge the battery then unplug it. After the battery goes down to 10 % remaining then you plug it in. Second of all don't just keep it plugged in to the charger, it is a battery. Great battery if used correctly.

    38 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst battery ever

    • Written by from phoenix

    Do not buy!!! My original battery died in less than 2 years. I have never heard of a laptop battery dieing so fast until I got a Mac. It is a waste and a shame.

    28 of 49 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great while it lasted, which wasn't very long...

    • Written by from Gig Harbor

    After only 199 cycles, my battery status is "Replace Now" and it does not hold ANY charge. Just last week my battery would still last 2-3 hours, and suddenly I'll plug it in and it says "Not Charging".

    Love the computer, used to love the battery, but I'm going to test my luck w/ a non-OEM battery this time around.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, use wisely!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Its a great product but you need to know how to charge it. Its like any other thing that requires charging, if you over do it it messes it up. Just charge it fully and let in drain, but not completely, and while you use your laptop do not have it plugged in! thats why things get damaged!!

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ridiculous

    • Written by from Austin

    This will be the third battery I've bought for this thing. I'm only doing it because I'm giving the MacBook to my brother and it would be ridiculous to have to run it off of wall power constantly. The price is a rip-off.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Work

    • Written by from Port Moody

    Apple has to pull up their socks on their battery issues concerning 1st generation macbook's. I understand there are limitations to charge duration, but the failure of the battery altogether is preposterous. No rechargable battery fails faster.

    21 of 24 people found this useful