• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow, what a let down.

    • Written by from St. Lawrence

    I love my MacBook Pro, but the battery is terrible.
    Sure they fixed that in the new models from what I can tell,
    but that doesn't help any of us poor saps that have the older model.
    I have only gotten 75 cycles and the batter is failing fast,
    I wish Apple would do something for the people who have been supporting them before they made the fix.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Low Battery Life

    • Written by from Kenosha

    As with other MAC users, I would have to say that the Achilles Heel to the MacBookPro is the battery. I am on my second one and, even though I followed the tips to extend life of the batter, alas it is already dead after 75 cycles. It is only one-year old.

    Do you think anyone from Apple is reading our comments. Doubt it as they have not addressed this problem at least for the older models.

    Thank goodness I just bought a new MacBookPro 13" before going abroad where Apple products are tres, tres expensive.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally needs to be replaced after almost 3 years

    • Written by from Joplin

    I bought my macbook pro in the summer of 2007, and now - almost 3 years later - it has started failing me. While I'm not excited about dropping $130 in order to purchase a new one, I do believe that I've gotten my money's worth out of this battery. I think mine lasted quite awhile considering that Apple recommends that this battery be replaced at about 300 cycles. Battery life wasn't the best, but I didn't mind that too much. Not really much to complain about other than that.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Apple

    • Written by from Tamarac

    I am so not happy with this battery. I bought my MacBook Pro and the battery lasted 2 years. In June of 2009 I bought a new battery, this one, and its now 11 months later and it is already diminishing. I'd expect Apple to have a better battery product and I was wrong. At $129 it should have lasted a lot longer.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible lifespan

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Have to agree with the other reviews here - this battery lasted me about 1 year before the powered time tails off to under 1 hour under normal use. I treat it well - charging down fully regularly. I'm on my 3rd battery on a 3 year old computer.

    Apple's attitude to batteries in the past makes me extremely worried about buying a new generation MacBook Pro where the batteries are less replaceable.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only had 69 cycles when it died!

    • Written by from Lake Elsinore

    This is the worst battery I've ever used. I only had 69 recharge cycles on it, by the time it died completely. Now it won't even hold 1 second of charge, so I have to go find a new one for 100 bucks. Terrible!

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Burn out way too fast

    • Written by from Needham

    I've been going through about one battery per year, averaging only about 100 cycles before they no longer hold charge for more than thirty or forty minutes. Apple claims the batteries should last for at least 300 cycles. To their credit, they have replaced the battery twice, free of charge, even though my computer wasn't one of those officially covered in the battery recall. I just went to my local Apple store and they were very accommodating. After some online research, I found that one major killer of battery life is high temperatures. I noticed that my fans were running much faster and more often than usual....I don't know if that's a cause or effect of the battery problem. My IT guy replaced the fans (which were getting very noisy) and I just bought a new battery....so we'll see if that improves things.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the Best

    • Written by from CHAGRIN FALLS

    I got my MacBook Pro in April of 2008, and had no problems with my battery until about September of last year when the Service Battery symbol started to appear in the battery area of the toolbar. I bought a new battery and it has lasted great until now. The service battery symbol is showing up again, which is ridiculous. I cycle the battery everyday and new charge the battery unless it's dead - upon direction of an Apple representative. I don't have the money to keep on replacing these batteries. I wish I would have just waited for the new Macs to come out with their much better batteries.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro fine, battery ridiculous

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    On 3rd battery, disappointing situation. Hopefully the unibody macs will be better (but then I have a matte screen at a normal res!) Always having to look for an outlet, fiddling with battery maintainance is absurd.

    IMO Apple ought to have addressed this problem with all of the MBP of this gen, not just a limited set of serial #'s. For a premium product this persistent and widespread issue is pathetic.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Prolonged use has killed my battery.

    • Written by from Winnetka

    I've have this laptop and battery for 2 years now. I use it all the time as a computer and as an alarm to get up. I'm in a major in college that requires us to use a laptop all the time and I currently have 509 cycles on the battery. It gets extremely hot, and when it is not plugged in it only has a life of 32 minutes!!!

    I'm really reluctant to buy a new battery for this thing and just ride out the life until im out of school in two more years. After that I'll probably switch to a PC since I need windows for a lot of programs in my profession.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe I'm Just Lucky

    • Written by

    I've had my Macbook Pro for 3 years and I still get a little over 2 hours of battery life. Which is still DOUBLE that of a PC. I'm on it all the time and constantly drain my battery down to nothing. As a college student I just shove it into my backpack, drop it, drain the battery down to nothing many times a week doing work in the library. I have to admit I'm pretty rough on this thing and to have my battery last as long as it has and with this quality is pretty good to me.

    I'm sorry those of you who have bad luck with your battery life. Maybe you should drain your battery more often. Mine drains about 3-4 times a week. (Not always on purpose) and I've noticed that the only time I start to lose rapid battery life is when I keep it plugged in for a week or so straight... So, Use it or lose it people!

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constant failures

    • Written by from Portland

    Waste of money. I'd actually enjoy my Mac if it wasn't for constant battery and power supply issues. I'm having to buy my second new batter within a year because the old one is no longer recognized by the laptop. My wife's Toshiba laptop which cost 3 times less has NEVER had to have the battery replaced and it's been in service as long as my MBP. Perhaps I'd actually have money to spend on new Apple products if I didn't have to constantly waste it on keeping my existing MBP working.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple's downfall

    • Written by from Rathdrum

    Apple's biggest downfall is the battery. The notebooks are great, but the batteries are absolutely horrific. Even the new advertised (8-10 hour batteries) are NOT GIVING YOU the advertised hours. Apple needs to complete revolutionize there batteries. If this continues, the lot of us are not going to buy Macintosh Laptops (buying a PC with linux is perhaps a better alternative)

    27 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Had laptop for 1.5 years, battery suddenly works poorly

    • Written by from Hampstead

    My battery life for my macbook pro used to last around 3-5 hours depending on what I was doing. Just a couple weeks ago, when fully charged, it only lasts an hour and rapidly dies. I've only had this battery for 1.5 years and feel this is ridiculous to die so soon.

    39 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I'd hoped for

    • Written by from EDINBURGH

    Battery for 15" MacBook Pro 2008

    My original battery gave up the ghost after a year but more importantly it appeared to happen after I'd installed Snow Leopard.

    The replacement from this site is now running down v quickly as well but not as before which was almost immediately, but I'm only getting 3-4 hours from light web browsing/email usage.

    If I knew about the battery in the 2008 MBP range I wouldn't have bought it.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bulging battery/dead battery

    • Written by from Jenison

    Having purchased my first & only 15" MPB in December 2006, I'm just about to purchase my 3rd battery. After I heard about the exploding Mac batteries, I looked at my battery. There was a bulge in the middle of it. With a phone call to Apple, I was sent a replacement ... my #2 battery. (Had to send the original back to Apple.) This replacement battery has never performed optimally. For one thing, it seems like the cycle count hasn't been recorded accurately. Awaiting its death pronouncement, it currently never gets back up to 100%, loses that within seconds of disconnection from power, and shuts the computer down within a couple of minutes. I'm wondering if off brand replacement batteries work any better than these.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets very hot.

    • Written by from Idaho Falls

    Replaced my Macbook Pro battery just 8 months ago and the new one stinks! When I started to type this review it was at 97% life and now it is already at 87% in just about a min. I hate spending $125 for a battery that doesn't last a year. Besides the new macbooks come with a battery that lasts 10 hours? Can't Apple make something for older gen macbook pro's that will at least do half of that? Down to 76% now.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad-dery

    • Written by from port saint lucie

    I have gone through two batts on my 2008 mbpro in two years. Very dissappointed...

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Life ever

    • Written by from vancouver

    I have been through 2 batteries in 4 years. They have never lasted more than 300 cycles. They just get unreliable very fast. But apparently the new Macbook Pro has a great battery. Too bad for us who have the older model!

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dysfunctional Battery

    • Written by from Washington

    I've owned my MBP since Oct 2008 and love it dearly. However, the battery is another issue. I never realized how my bad my battery has become until I upgraded to Snow Leopard; it always says "Service Battery." My battery straightened up the week I was going to the Apple store (the week before my warranty expired). Unfortunately, not very long. It started acting up again the following week. I downloaded iStat so I can monitor my battery's life. Currently, my battery health is at 33% with 261 cycles and won't go above 95% charge. It's been like this for a week now. The usage time fluctuates from 30 min to 3 min in a second. Sometimes, my MBP goes on standby while I'm writing an email because the battery is suddenly dead. Now, I can only use my laptop for 30 min max before I have to plug it in again. :(

    13 of 13 people found this useful