• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    2007 15" macbook pro battery

    • Written by from New York

    Summer 2007 15 inch MBP. I love this computer but dislike the battery. The first one died within ten months and the second one nine months after that. On the third one which is holding charge well as of five months of average usage. Always followed cycling recommendations (more or less). Poor battery but decent Apple support (no charge for the two replacements). Highly recommend extended warranty. Currently own two last gen MBP 13" with better batt life. Going to buy a new MBP 15" even though the reviews for the battery are pretty much the same (poor to mediocre) as the last gen. Suspicious of the five star rating reviews but better than one star.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Care protection

    • Written by from HOUSTON

    I have gone through 2 batteries, I gave this a 3 star because of apple replacing both batteries.

    Tip genius gave me
    run it like a lap top, put it through charge cycles

    right now when i run it like a desktop i take out the battery, it runs as long as you have it plugged in

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor battery life - Reset the PMU

    • Written by from Aurora

    My MacBook Pro battery never seemed to provide very good battery life. It also ran very hot. Within one year it barely held a charge. I bought a new battery recently and when I installed it it barely lasted 1.5 hours! Frustrated, I called technical support where they recommended that I reset the "PMU". Following directions, I reset it and "voila" over 4 hours of battery life! I then tried the old "dead" battery and it ran for over an hour! My MacBook Pro always ran very hot and now I know why. Must have been churning away on the battery. Could this be your problem?

    Here's how to reset the PMU. (BTW.. there are some repercussions from the reset. Search the site for details) 1. Shut down your computer -2. remove the battery - 3. unplug the AC - 4. then hold the "power on" button down for 10 seconds. That's it! Then reassemble and reboot. You should be good to go.

    60 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    THE MACBOOK PRO "17 BATTERY HAS A POPCORN BAG INSIDE! :P

    • Written by from POTRERO

    OH MY, THIS IS NOT GOOD.. GOT MY MACBOOK PRO IN MARCH 07 AND BEEN USING IT SINCE WITH A LOT OF CARE EVERY DAY, I DO USE IT ALMOST 24/7, AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT ... TILL NOW. last week i started to notice the battery growing from the inside... it looks really bad, to the point where you have to keep it connected to the charger or else it wont even last for 10 mins with a 100% status of charge. expect this to happen to yours if you use it every day for about 12 hrs or more, talking about if you use it as your working tool. well i guess 2 and half years of battery life isn't so bad.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MBP Battery

    • Written by from Squamish

    I have had my battery for going on 2 years. Has worked great! Time for a new one though. A good application to has is Coconut Battery which will tell you the max hold the battery can take and how many recharge cycles it has been though. Great!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE: Bulging battery caused trackpad failure

    • Written by from Fayetteville

    I purchased a used MacBook last year that I absolutely love. Recently, I noticed the clicker button on the trackpad was not working. I googled and found out that taking the battery out may fix the problem; however, then you have no backup battery. Indeed, this made my trackpad work again. Upon calling Apple, I learned that if your battery is considered consumed (over 300 cycles) the battery may begin to bulge and separate causing the trackpad to not work. Unfortunately, at this point, I couldn't even check the cycle time, because the battery was bulging too badly for me to reinstall to check.

    Per the very nice Apple Service Technician, I purchased a replacement battery. I received it today and my trackpad works perfectly.

    Moral to the story: From time to time, you should check your cycle count to see if your battery is getting close to being considered consumed. I had not been doing this because my battery seemed to hold a charge for several hours. I hope to enjoy my MacBook Pro for many more years!

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good computer bad battery life.

    • Written by from Bowling Green

    i love my macbook pro ive never been more satisfied with a computer but the battery for it is not that outstanding. I have had my mac for 1 and a half years and cycle the battery but it wont even last 1 hour and 45 minutes any more. over all it is just normal battery nothing outstanding about this product.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    bad battery

    • Written by from moundsville

    Yeah, the battery life isn't great. I have had my Mac for about 19 months and have noticed a significant change in battery performance over the past 3 months. I'll trade this slight inconvenience for superior performance of fabulous machine. I could not be more pleased with my computer... purchasing a battery seems trivial in comparison to the utility my Mac provides.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine

    • Written by from Rumson

    I have had this battery for over a year and a half and the cycle count is currently at 596. My macbook pro will hold a charge for about two and a half hours once it has reached 100%. This is pretty good for a battery that is almost 2 years old. It works fine if you cycle your battery properly and unplug it once it has reached a full charge.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Managing Power

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    I'm near the end of my MBP battery's life after 2 years and 387 cycles.

    I think there's more to battery life than conditioning, though I wasn't at all religious about that. My feeling is that to leave it plugged while you're working for a long time -- or overnight with the clam shell open -- is a mistake that many of us naturally fall into. It'd be nice if the charger were more intelligent -- but I guess we just have to be. :-)

    My basic question is how to learn more about what's actually drawing power, so as to minimize the draw from things I'm not actually using.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good battery, sucky longevity

    • Written by from Houston

    A new macbook pro battery is a wonderful thing. With WiFi and Bluetooth on, you can expect 4.5 hours at the very least. Unfortunately, even if you cycle the battery weekly, as I have, the maximum charge on the battery goes downhill quickly. In the span of 10 months, I went from approximately 5 hours total use time to about 1.5 hours. Expect to buy a new MBP battery every year.

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Batteries not good enough for heavy usage

    • Written by from Orange Park

    I have a first generation 15" MacBook Pro. I bought it in February 2006. I replaced the battery in September 2007. It would not hold the charge for more than a few minutes sometimes and just shut off at random. The screen would flicker, too, and often go nearly black.

    Here I am today, about order a battery. This will be the third battery in 3 years.

    I do own a web application that just launched, so the last few years it has had very heavy usage, daily.

    I'm not happy about the battery purchase and they need find a better solution. Of course, although their MacBook batteries are not that great, Apple is wonderful overall and I will purchase the battery.

    28 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    battery not the best, but far from worst.

    • Written by from Calgary

    i have had my macbook pro for a year and half and just now am i finding that i am down to an hour and a half of battery left. i have had 240 cycles on it and it is at 53% health. i am going to buy another one as i travel quite a bit and need my MBP. hope it does the same.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from HOMESTEAD

    I've had two so far and will need to get a third soon. I've never seen a lithium battery die so fast and loose it's charge so quickly. The batter started out at 5500mahs at full capacity, now the max it can be charged to is around 1500mahs. I don't understand how such a great company consistently puts out horrible merchandise

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Computer keeps shutting off

    • Written by from San Diego

    I have had my MacBook Pro for 15 months & love it. Until recently I would use it without AC & only hook up when I was low. Now, my computer will just shut off randomly even when there is adequate battery power. Does this sound like a battery problem? I will be in the Apple store tomorrow for my class & will see what they think.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Glorious machine. Deadbeat battery.

    • Written by from Arthurdale

    I'm seeing a trend in the comments- either you've experienced a puffy battery, a battery that suddenly lost it's oomph (cycles look to matter less than age from what I see), *or* you are one of the ones satisfied with your battery.

    Also seeing a trend with the battery you get as a replacement. If you get an SMP-manufactured battery, odds are it'll be a good replacement. Unfortunately, there's no way to know exactly who makes the battery until you get it in your grubby little hands =(

    Is a year of battery use acceptable to me for a machine that cost more than my kickin' refrigerator?

    (Believe me, it's a nice fridge.)

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Apples to anchovies. I get it, but seriously.

    The lifespan of the batteries that come with the machine is a H-U-G-E hidden cost over time. If you use your machine untethered for long periods of time each week, consider this an unspoken cost of ownership.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Firecracker/skyrocket

    • Written by from SONORA

    I was wondering why I could smell burning flesh when I used my Mac Book Pro (MBP) on my lap. I thought it was because of the high speed processor until I read the reviews on the battery. It all makes sense now. For some reason this battery has to run at elevated temps to power this majestic computer, and it has a shorter life because of that. I heard early on of folks that lost a battery early in the life of their MBP and the hot fix (NPI) was to plug it in and run it on the adapter and when it was charged, unplug it and run it down to near nothing and then plug it in again. I have been doing that for 108 cycles and currently have 91% battery health.
    I bought two Mac Book Air (MBA?) laptops for field use in the company and they don't get hot and the battery run time is marvelous. I was ready to toss the MBP and get an MBA but then, I really love the Pro and I just spent the usual $3000 on it with accessories.
    Apple, if you are listening, (and I can't believe you're not) please do something about this.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Battery But needs to be babied

    • Written by

    I have had my macbook pro for over two years now and I have recently needed to change the battery. This is by far the best laptop battery I have experience. I am impressed at the sheer length of the battery life even when I am running intense applications such as the adobe suite
    I am away from my desk more often than not and I love having a battery that will not cut out halfway through a task.
    I am not impressed with the documentation that came with both the new battery and the laptop iteself. I had to figure out from experience with other laptops the best ways to keep the battery going as long as it did. Also the amount of recharge cycles that this battery can sustain is significantly lower than those of other laptops I have used.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Battery replacement

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    If your battery dies quickly (before 300 cycles), you're eligible for a free replacement (within a year of your MacBook purchase). Just call Apple up, they'll ask you a few questions, and send you a new battery. This will also extend the warranty on your battery for 2 more years, so if the new one dies quickly again, call them up again. You don't have to pay $130 every few months. For more info: Apple Site/support/macbook_macbookpro/batteryupdate/ (can't post URLs in reviews)

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Death of a battery

    • Written by from Niles

    I love mac more than most people should love there computers. I recently ungraded from a powerbook to the 2.16 macbook pro. I bought it used from ebay because a new one was a bit out of my budget. Needless to say it's a great computer still way better than if i had purchased a brand new pc. It's like comparing buying a year old Lexus to a brand new Pinto no comparision. The only problem it had is that when the battery hits 20% it's done i mean no sleep, no warning just shuts the computer right off. I'm assuming that since the battery still says 20% is why I'm getting no waring before hand.
    Just wish they were a little cheaper, but i got a real good deal on the computer I'm guessing it died on the guy and he freaked out and sold it. The battery has 287 cycles on it so it's been through a lot, not sure if this is a common problem as the battery ages or not.

    21 of 43 people found this useful