• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cycle it - and get the extended warranty

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    IF you cycle the battery like most of the positive reviews say, and buy the machine warranty (which paid for itself with two calls), it works fine. The report of a battery going from 60% to zero sounds like battery abuse or a faulty battery. The only rap I can lay on Apple here is the short original warranty period.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    cycling is the key

    • Written by from Charlotte

    For those whose battery doesn't work cycle it. Even if you screwed up and went three months without it. Start cycling every night for a couple of weeks. My battery needs to be replaced, but due to traveling hadn't had a chance. I was down to 15 minutes on a charge and realized I hadn't been cycling once a week like I should have. I cycled almost every night for two weeks and it's back up to over 2 hours of run time. Now, every time I cycle once a week a gain time on the computer. I still need a new one because I hadn't taken good care of it, but it tells you to do it. It's not perfect, but it is forgiving if you have patience. I am always on my laptop every day and run video and graphics for almost three years now.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad if you take care of it

    • Written by from Temecula

    I have had my MacBook Pro for about 8 months and I can still watch over 3 hours of movies on full screen on the battery. The key is to charge it all the way and unplug it, don't let it sit with the plug in when it's done charging. Then run it until it dies, then repeat. 8 months and going strong, so those who complain probably aren't taking care of their batteries

    18 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not that bad

    • Written by from Murrieta

    I've had my macbook pro for about 17 months, its gone through about 440 cycles and is still at 62% battery life. I can get almost 2 hours out of it and I use it heavily, day and night. At first I thought it was bad but after reading other peoples reviews, mine is still doing fine. Well there are times when I do run the battery until it's fully gone, so I'm guessing it helped it a lot.

    18 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery is pretty good, but a bit expensive to replace.

    • Written by from Cochrane

    I have a MacBook Pro that has been running off the same battery for about half a year. It's been cycled nearly 200 times, and is down to 80% charge. However, that is fairly normal for batteries; After about 300 maybe 400 recharges the battery needs to be replaced. It helps if you fully recharge and discharge often, and reset your battery's chip every once in a while (recharge until full for 2 hours, allow to discharge until it goes into sleep and leave for another 5 hours or more, then recharge again. Original instructions somewhere on the apple site). Many people are upset that they only last about a year, but that's good; most laptops of similar size and power probably won't last that long. The only problem is that they're expensive to replace. Well, that's apple for you ;).

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    typical battery, typical usage

    • Written by from oromocto

    as usual, battery worked great. usual steps need to be taken such as, regular discharge / recharge. my battery's last me 2 years usually of heavy heavy usage i discharge and recharge once a day or somtimes 2 times a day.

    battery did not run hot at all. charge nicely and operates fantastic still after 180 charge cycles (still 83% capacity)

    have a total of 3 batterys. all work great. you must follow the battery care steps...or you will end up with a dead battery soon.

    11 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A pretty decent battery

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    I've had my MBP for about a year and half now and this battery still has over 80% capacity, and usually 3-4 hours of life. My previous laptop was a Dell Inspiron and the battery on that was all but dead by 18 months.

    I can't say this battery is ideal, but it certainly has performed well and given the technology used is about as good as you're going to get for the cost. I know some people have had some bad experiences from bad batches of batteries, but all in all I'm quite satisfied.

    7 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent battery

    • Written by from Longview

    I have had this battery for just about three years. I still get 3 hours of life out of it. My battery is at 129 cycles right now so admittedly is isn't heavily used but I don't pay any special attention to cycling it once a week or storing it in any special way, and it is one of the first generation batteries / macbook pros. Don't expect 5 hours of battery life.

    10 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good battery, but

    • Written by from Westport

    I purchased my MacBook Pro in early July 2008. I have not had a single problem with the battery so far. I have heard of older battery packs "expanding" and having to be returned. Mine has not, yet. For battery life, just cycle the battery every month and I still get around 5 hours (I can squeeze 10 under certain settings). The only thing I don't like is the price, it just seems way to much for an extra battery.

    3 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Life is fine if you use it right

    • Written by from Newton

    My battery is finally dead after 2 and a half years. I have 413 cycles on it and still have full capacity 65336 mAh but alas, batteries lose their charge retention over time. It fully charges, but it uses the charge in less than 20 min. It can be frustrating, but most people use a battery to about 200 cycles. Stop complaining people about your batteries because you use them improperly it's not Mac's fault. Plus, the MacBook Pro is hardly a "laptop" computer. It has more capability than most desktops used by the average person. The battery is not meant to be the sole means of powering it up all the time. Plug it In!!! you will notice a much better performance if you keep it plugged in when you are doing graphic intensive programs.

    4 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality? or a Fluke?

    • Written by from Roland

    Well, I've had my MBP for almost two years now and the battery charges to 96% capacity. I still get three hours out of it with regular use. The key is to cycle the battery. Any kind of battery doesn't like to sit around and stay charging all the time. They need to be used until they're low then fully charged again. This is the best way to keep any rechargeable battery's life long-lasting. If it just sits at a desk all day, just unplug it until the warning message pops up and plug it back in.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Buying a replacement, but good battery

    • Written by from Spokane

    My battery just died and won't recharge at all, but it lasted for 2 1/2 years of almost continuous use, so all in all I am pretty satisfied.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Titusville

    I do believe this is a good battery, I have mine now two years, with 384 cycles and it holds out for 57 minutes now with the screen on full brightness. It's done me proud and I'm only replacing it now as I need to travel and use it on the go.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe It's You Not The Battery

    • Written by from Al Marsa Floating City

    I've had my MBP for 2 years and still have the original battery. Still getting more than 2.5 hours from each charge. Perhaps spending 10 minutes with the manual that came with your machine and actually reading the tips to maintain battery life would be useful. I did and I'm quite sure it's why I haven't had problems. I doubt I've been so lucky to get that 1 in a 1000 great battery.

    6 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not that bad...

    • Written by from Herndon

    Bought my MacBook Pro in July 2006 and am just now replacing the original battery. It has 352 cycles and gets about 1.5hrs of run-time. This is not that bad of a product.

    If you treat your product well, it will treat you well.

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Throw Off the Shackles

    • Written by from Port Orchard

    The battery is an essential part of the entire MacBook experience. Without the battery the portable needs to be plugged in all the time. With the battery the portable can be used away from a power source. I use my battery frequently when I'm out of the house and can't find a convenient power outlet, on public transit, or just moving from room to room so I don't have to sleep the computer.

    5 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro Battery Life

    • Written by from Woodland Park

    My original MacBook Pro battery is 21 months old with 355 cycles and still shows 79% health. I have calibrated about every 2 months and do not leave the charger on longer than needed. I have the Energy Saver set to "Normal" for both Battery and Charging settings. So far this battery has performed well for me. It will be interesting to see how much longer it will last.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Technology

    • Written by from LaRue

    I am new to macs, but I will NEVER GO BACK! I love this battery. The meter built into the battery which is really cool. I really like how it is lit when it is charging and I can just plug my laptop in and see when it is done charging.

    I do think there could be a battery battery life and a better way to keep the cells alive than cycling the battery.

    19 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good...So far

    • Written by from southampton

    After one year of usage i got 180 cycles and 90% health, i hear a lot of complaints but mine works fine, guess some of you just abuse your purchase.

    12 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate SONY!!!

    • Written by from Winter Haven

    I just had my battery replaced and asked the Apple representative who the batteries are actually made by. Unfortunately, I was told that the batteries are SONY and not Apple. WHY DID THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE SONY OUT OF ALL THE BATTERY MAKERS OUT THERE?!?!?! If you're looking to blame somebody because of how mad you are (just like I was) COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW BAD OF A COMPANY SONY IS!!! It's unfortunate that the batteries are not covered under the 3 year Apple Care plan...

    32 of 56 people found this useful