Rechargeable Battery - 15-inch MacBook Pro (aluminum)
Rechargeable Battery - 15-inch MacBook Pro (aluminum)
The Apple Rechargeable Battery for 15-inch MacBook Pro (aluminum unibody) is a 50-watt-hour lithium polymer battery.
Ratings & Reviews
VERY Disappointing Battery Life
I thought I was getting a long life battery - don't they advertise 6-8 hrs? This one fully charged shows only 3:05 and in a real I thought I was getting a long life battery - don't they advertise 6-8 hrs? This one fully charged shows only 3:05 and in a real world test (six or seven programs open, no cd player use, playing iTunes and speakers only) I got only 2 hrs 30 min on the charge. …
- Written by Rick A from New Palestine
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Having to replace already....
I've had my Macbook Pro for a little more than a year and having to replace my battery already. I have done the drain thing every I've had my Macbook Pro for a little more than a year and having to replace my battery already. I have done the drain thing every month like clock work. Now I'm having to payout $130 bucks for a new one. Overpriced and not worth it if I didn't HAVE to have it. …
- Written by Robert A from McKinney
733 of 852 people found this useful
Pricey, less powerful, but well made.
Let's be honest - $130 is a lot to pay for this battery, especially given Apple's tainted reputation with their notebook batteries Let's be honest - $130 is a lot to pay for this battery, especially given Apple's tainted reputation with their notebook batteries. Still - the unibody MBP uses a 50 watt battery, whereas the previous gen had a 60 watt - and lab tests show the battery life in this model has declined. A single battery is not an option for power users.
This battery comes with an attatchable plastic cover. It's likely because the battery has two centimeter-wide jutting elements that could be easily broken off in a gear bag. I like this, though - because it will also stop dust from touching the metal contacts on the battery.
You pay to play when you go with an Apple notebook. It's expensive, and I don't expect to get more than two years of use from it - but it's still a solid piece of gear.
- Written by Brianna F from Palo Alto
786 of 988 people found this useful
Wake up Apple! Hear the People!
I have to say, the worst experience I've ever had with batteries has been with Apple's MacBooks (AND iPHONES). I love my Mac... bu I have to say, the worst experience I've ever had with batteries has been with Apple's MacBooks (AND iPHONES). I love my Mac... but completely despise their batteries. So much so that I'm almost tempted to switch back to a PC... honestly. I don't want to spend $130 every 6 months on an already expensive piece of hardware just to keep the battery life at a desirable state. I simply don't understand why Apple consistently chooses to cheapen their image by using batteries that fade away and die so incredibly quick. This is a pure indication of a cheap battery manufacturer. Apple, PLEASE, do yourselves a favor and easily correct this horrible reputation you have for batteries. It's simply not worth the negative publicity. People talk about it all the time when referencing your products. It's in craigslist postings, forums, reviews... the list goes on. Find yourselves a new manufacturer for the love of god. I've owned laptops that boast half of the battery life you claim to offer but last twice as long.
I bought this Unibody MacBook Pro I'm using ONLY about 4 months ago and already the battery literally lasts about 2 hours if I'm lucky. It doesn't have to be this way... do it now. Go find a new manufacturer for your batteries. It's simple. Save yourselves from this negative publicity. It will come back to bite you in the rear end if you don't fix it. The solution isn't simply building your batteries into the laptop. I deliberately chose not to go with the built in battery version of the laptop because I know your batteries all too well... not only would I have to replace my battery in 4 months, I'd have to be without my laptop for a while. Learn from your competition... their batteries ACTUALLY hold a charge. As a company Apple does many wonderful things but I feel like they can also make some very stupid choices sometimes. I hope Apple eventually realizes how important it is in the consumer's eye to have a laptop that's actually portable because it has a battery than can hold a charge while still offering the option to swap it for long trips. Apple, don't take my word on it, talk to your customers and ask them what they think about your batteries. Also your batteries in your phones wear out so fast-you should of at least made them "easily" replaceable with a snap off back cover and easy connectors... …
- Written by Max L from Powell
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Brutal Battery Life
My old battery was only getting about one hour of work in between charges, so I changed it yesterday. Improved to a whopping 1.5 h My old battery was only getting about one hour of work in between charges, so I changed it yesterday. Improved to a whopping 1.5 hours, for a grand total of $150! Was promised at least 5 hours. Super disappointed. …
- Written by Jill S from Edmonton
8 of 8 people found this useful
Despite all the negative reviews you really can get a lot of years out of these batteries. I had my MBP with the original battery Despite all the negative reviews you really can get a lot of years out of these batteries. I had my MBP with the original battery for over five years and was still getting between 2-3 hours of use out of it per charge. It finally started swelling a little and the trackpad stopped working so I just bought a new one.
I work in a large education environment providing IT support. Yes, after enough time these batteries can swell. However, it's typically well beyond their expected life span (4-5 years in most cases) and no, Apple's batteries aren't unique in this aspect, we see it in the Dell laptops too.
If you compare this to the new laptops you're going to be disappointed as you won't get as many charges and the battery won't last as long. However, if you compare it to it's competition at the time the laptop was made (remember these were released in 2008) they were very good. And when you install enough RAM and an SSD, the machine is still pretty usable... …
- Written by Kerry T from Madison
6 of 7 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Would someone finally answer if this is for a1278?
- Asked by Ngina M from Leesburg
- Sep 7, 2014
Yes this is for the Aluminium Macbook Late 2008 model also known as the A1278.
- Answered by Brian R
- Sep 14, 2014
Can I buy a MacBook battery at my local Apple store?
- Asked by Helen B
- Aug 28, 2014
Yes. Select the store pickup option and the online Apple Store will ask you for your Postal/Zip Cod Yes. Select the store pickup option and the online Apple Store will ask you for your Postal/Zip Code and then notify you if it's available now. They will ship it to the store you select or to your home if it's not available today.
Your MacBook Pro has a user serviceable battery. If you turn it off and look at the bottom of your MacBook, you'll notice a lever that opens the battery compartment. Pop-out the old, pop-in the new and you're back in business after a full charge. …
- Answered by Christopher H from Virginia Beach
- Sep 28, 2014
Does this battery work with the 15" retina display MacBook Pro?
- Asked by Jozsef F from Columbiana
- Jan 9, 2013
No, it's for the original 13" aluminium unibody MacBook
- Answered by Mark F
- Jan 23, 2013
When installing a new battery, is there anything you have to do after plugging the MBP into the charger and turning it on?
- Asked by Marisa R from Oakland
- Feb 25, 2010
Is this the right battery for Macbook Pro 5,5 Core 2 Duo?
- Asked by Rosane D from Santos
- Jun 23, 2014
No, the MacBook Pro 5,5(Mid-2009) was the first model that used the built in battery.
- Answered by Michael C from New York
- Jul 30, 2014