• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's OK, don't expect too much

    • Written by from Verona

    I certainly don't get three hours out of a charge, but it's a lot better than the five minutes I was getting from my old battery.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Issues Macbook Pro Internal Mounted non user replaceable

    • Written by from McDonald's Corners

    Great product - lost a 2 stars due to battery only.

    I have three issues with users being responsible to use their batteries. I am pretty mad as to how it is working now. I have changed my usage patterns recently only to discover that my Macbook Pro is pretty much useless as a traveling system. Originally I travelled with it frequently - but for about 9 months it has been used as a 'workstation', recently that changed again and now I am trying to be portable with it- and have had a nasty shock - down to less than an hour usage just doing typing.

    1. If there are issues with batteries decaying why are they now 'built in'. Terrible design discussion to make them look nice but not at all functional - unless the design was/is bulletproof.

    2. Why does the hardware/system not automatically discharge the batteries periodically if it has ben tethered in to maintain a proper working battery- this could easily be a system setting that happens overnight etc. with a suspend feature so that it does not happen in inconvenient times. It is inconceivable that Apple does not have this in the system - it is like having a card that does not bother to have an oil warning light for the engine or maybe more appropriate a gas gauge.

    3. Huge warning labels on the packaging about this issue. I did not realize it to be a problem as I had replace a macbook that this did not seem to be an issue with (and one that at least I could get a battery replaced easily). I just opened it up and got using it - just like in the ads. My fault I suppose for not fully ready about the battery.

    Other than that a great laptop but a very glaring problem for something that is portable. Apple products should not have this issue by now.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The old ones was better

    • Written by from São Paulo

    The battery that comes with my MacBook pro 15.4" early 2008 is with 290 battery cycles. And also working. But the charge does work only for one work hour.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Li Batteries have a short life

    • Written by from Hudson

    My battery stopped functioning properly after two years. I see a lot of people having problems after one year. Unfortunately this issue isn't unique to Apple products. I've been in the PC support industry for over ten years. I mostly support other brands. A year to two is about what you are going to get from a laptop battery. You may be able to extend that life a bit by performing the proper maintenance on the battery. Before you get upset with Apple for the horrible battery life, look around. You'll see the same complaints on every other manufacturer's forums. It's the nature of today's batteries.

    31 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    15" MBP Battery can't make up its mind

    • Written by from Warner Robins

    My MBP battery is at 227 cycles and does (now) still charge to 97% . It did NOT used to do this. It started showing "service battery" AFTER i started cycling it every few weeks per my owners manual and the 40 minute run time was making it about useless as a laptop, HOWEVER since i started using it at home in "clamshell" on my TV, leaving it plugged in all the time and being very careful what’s running when using it on battery it seems to have "fixed" itself. Since i've started leaving it plugged in clamshelled and having it start itself, i never have to open it or touch it so long as it's at home. The battery is now charged to 97% the status page in profiler says charged & "not charging" status is "normal" (note it used to say "service battery") and on the odd occasion i use it as a laptop it seems to go for between 3 & 4 hours? What happened? I have the "usual" dim charger light as well as all the other symptoms everyone seems to complain about, then why is my battery lasting so much longer? To start with delete FLASH, evaluate all non apple apps and look closely at what you have running in the background. then please read the thoughts-on-flash posted by Mr. Jobs. perhaps some of the issues MIGHT be mitigated if people would be more conscious of the processor usage, hard drive status and display brightness.For me anyway turning off/ sleeping unused resources. WiFI & Bluetooth appeared to make a tremendous difference. So much so, that I am no longer considering replacing my battery at 227 cycles especially considering the fact that now it shows as "normal". I can't fully explain it but i'm not one to complain about a happy mystery either. I hope this helps.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT Completely Discharge Li-ion batteries

    • Written by from Boynton Beach

    If you want the facts on maintaining a lithium ion battery, simply google "lithium battery best practice". These batteries do not have a memory effect and one of the worst things you can do is to completely discharge them. Keep them topped off. And with any battery, you will only get so many discharge/recharge cycles. Also, never freeze them as this will damage the cells.

    47 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A Matter of Luck Maybe?

    • Written by

    I own my Mac Pro since the fall of 2007, and I am still using the same battery, so I guess i am one of the few lucky ones. I confess that in the beginning I did not understand why the battery didn't last me, but one of the technical support experts explained to me how to program the battery accordingly to have it working at optimum level. Ever since I followed the instructions, the battery has worked accordingly for the hours expected, and it has been fine all these years; it has not been until lately that I am finding the battery runs out too quickly, so I figured it was time to buy a replacement before it runs out completely for good. However, after reading so many unsatisfied customers, I'm very hesitant to spend that kind of money in such gamble, specially since I have been unemployed for a very long time. I guess that I can get by, for I'm only using my laptop at home, so I can deal with the problem for the time being using the electrical plug most of the day, leaving the battery resting until I may need to use the laptop outside my home or away from the outlet. I only wish that buying a replacement would be a lot less expensive, so at least it would be easier to take a chance on it, and it also would give a needed break to all the people like I, who either are unemployed or completely broke going through college. Let's face it, Apple is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, so I'm sure the company can easily afford without much damage to its profits to lower some of the prices, specially of accessories and replacement parts. Until that happens or I'll find a job, I'll be on stand by dealing with my old battery and the issues tagging along with it. Thanks! G.

    27 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not for long

    • Written by from seekonk

    Battery life is very good but after around 8/9 months the battery is almost useless. Im on my second battery and this one has to be replaced.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    37 Months usage, 600 cycles, and 57% health

    • Written by from Surabaya

    I used my MacBook Pro for 3 years since march 2006. The battery now could last for 1-2 hours usage. By my view this macbook pro's battery is good and have good durability.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Life

    • Written by from Chula Vista

    I bought my MacbookPro in June 2009 just recently noticed that battery depletes easily and today it showed no battery available.I used it for 4- 5 hrs a day.So,its battery life lasted for almost 1 year and 8 months.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not So Bad

    • Written by from Swainsboro

    I was, too, very upset at how my battery life has decreased to <4 mins. However, I've had my Mac Book Pro since Summer 2008. My battery has lasted far past the 350 charges guaranteed by Mac. Plus, I kind of abused my battery usage.
    I'm about to order my second battery and I plan to try the "cycling" technique. I was doing this in the beginning but I soon became lazy with it. Therefore, I would recommend you just be watchful of your use. Don't over charge. Don't recharge until it is absolutely necessary (battery in red or computer shuts off).
    I know this requires more care than an ordinary computer, but Mac is not ordinary.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not great but good

    • Written by from Plymouth

    I've been a user of PC's and Mac's. In my experience so far 2 years is doing well. I currently have a 4 year old macbook pro 15" 2.16GHz. I am on my second battery. Two years on the first and two years and counting on the second. While I would like for them to last longer my experience with Sony laptop batteries has been about the same lifespan (really quite a lot worse with most dells), so I rate this as average.

    Would love it if they brought some of the new battery technology in the latest gen laptops to this older form factor, but I know I am dreaming there.

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good so far

    • Written by from Peterborough

    I'm having a MBpro (spring 2008) and it is still running with its original battery.
    The battery has now over 440 cycles and still gives me over 3hrs when fully charged.
    Though, this is just about half the load it could hold when it was new (6hrs). Guess I'm facing a swap to be made soon, but since I'm not using this MBpro for traveling, I can wait a little longer.

    Bottom line, 3 years, >440 cycles, not bad for a laptop battery. Mine also doesn't get extensively warm and it did not deform at all. Hope I have similar luck with the next battery.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    They changed their batteries for a reason

    • Written by from Southington

    This battery isn't the best, but it sure does work. I have had my 15" macbook pro for over four years and i've only had to replace the battery twice. If that seems like too much, it's not. I'm just pretty demanding from my laptop. My latest battery is at 413 cycles, well over the amount it is rated for, and it still lasts almost 1-2 hours.

    My only wish is that they would drop the price, even though 129$ every two years is definitely not the worst. It is much better than buying a new computer every two years.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    not too good not too bad

    • Written by from Lewisville

    Read on the web these batteries chemistry has an average effective period of ~2 years, and that's exactly when my battery started deteriorating rapidly. it's almost 4 years old now, hold charge for about 5-10 mins. Battery indicator has become useless, the MBP shut down when it shows 60% remaining; plug in the charger and reboot, it then shows 0% and charging.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Heat destroys your battery

    • Written by from Mainz

    I have my third battery in 3 years which is in my opinion average. But I found out what killed off my previous batteries. Bootcamps' drivers provide only poor power management. So the MacBook runs hot pretty soon when I run Windows or games. As the body is made of metal the heat is conducted to the battery. And batteries don't like heat. So if you want your battery to last longer make sure you not only cycle it once per week but avoid processes that heat up you Mac. Or simply take out the battery while you are using power-intensive programs.

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Apparently redeemed themselves w/17" 2009 unibody battery....

    • Written by from Durham

    I been reading these reviews and I understand they are using an older, smaller pro and different battery management system, but I'm here to swear by my 17" 2009 unibody MBP. w/just the Intel Core 2 Duo not the new i5 or i7. I get 8-10hrs on my 256 graphics card and as much as 6hrs on my 512 on high performance!!! TEN HOURS ON A 17" FULL 1900x1200 LED SCREEN Mac Book Pro w/backlit keyboard... OMG. Look at the $2500 17.3" HP ENVY. 3.75 hrs MAX on the BIGGER BATTERY. THERE IS NO 17" on the market that even gets 1/2 the life! Its an amazing product. I am sorry their older batteries are not as good but they fixed the problem in these 17" unibodies and are promising 5X the cycles. Now that, we'll have to see, but if I'm getting 9hrs after 1 year on engineering programs while web browsing and playing itunes and dragging it to campus daily, trust me the've got a good product now. BTW I just witnessed a 13" 2006 MacBook get 4.5hrs in front of my eyes 7 days ago running 2GB RAM and Snow Leopard and 2.0GHZ processor, so I wouldn't call that terrible either and I just turned from PC's a year ago and was fairly dedicated until I witnessed my MBP.

    21 of 45 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

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprised By the Lack Of Battery Life

    • Written by from Kailua

    I bought my macbook pro about a year and half ago. just before the new ones came out. and i was suprised to find out the other day that of the charger i'm only getting an hour and a half of battery life!!! My dad said that if you keep charging something when its not at its lowest that it starts sucking the life out of it like thats what happend to my ipod. so i'm not too sure aobut his new battery

    18 of 23 people found this useful