• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The Magic 13-month Battery!

    • Written by from Sandy

    With only 31 Load Cycles (about twice a month it was cycled) it went from 5 hours capacity to 45minute capacity one week after the warranty.

    That's right folks, as soon as the warranty was out! No 'slowly' losing capacity, it went from 5600mah to 827mah within a week.

    Buy this battery if you like surprises (not necessarily the good kind) and if you expect better quality from a laptop that isn't what anyone would call "cheap".

    It's not the cost of a new battery that bugs me, it's the ethics of it all. Month 12, battery works 100%. Month 13, battery works 14%.

    Oh, and yes I calibrated it. It would just die at 61% (30 minutes remaining) - now that i calibrated it, it knows it only has an hour or less.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Time remaining on battery with 2.0 vs 2.16ghz and warping of battery

    • Written by from Anchorage

    I had read numerous revies saying you could get up to 4 to 4.5 hours of battery life with this. So purchsed a Macbook pro for my wife. With her computer we were only getting at most 3.25 hours of life per charge. I couldn't figure it out and was slightly frustrated with that.

    We were very happy with the laptop though so decided to purchase me one. We got the baseline model for me and whala figured out the difference that was being stated here in the reviews. She had the 2.16Ghz 15" Macbook Pro, and I purchased the 2.0 Ghz Macbook pro and bam I get the full 4 to 4.5 hours stated.

    Could it be the difference in the battery? Could be, we havn't switched the batteries to see if it still held true but bet your money that it would hold true.

    Now to the warping of the battery. Havn't had that problem but willing to speculate that its because the laptops get really hot if laid on a flat surface weather a table top or bed.

    With this in mind I think I will purchase either a platform or some type of cooling device for under the laptops. Yes it makes them tougher for portablitiy if you took that everywhere. So proably will just use these things when at home.

    I do believe though this will prevent the battery from warping from the heat, if this is truely the reason they are warping. Some type of energy has to be making them warp and this is proably it.

    It is truely a great computer though!!!! :O)

    35 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Went Bad

    • Written by from Zeeland

    MacBook Pro Battery went dead so I took it to the Apple Store. They tested it and determined that I didn't last as long as it should have so they gave me a new one. Free of charge. This was a year and a half ago,

    37 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery burst open

    • Written by from Arlington

    We've had the MacBook Pro for 3 years now, using it pretty regularly but basically leaving it plugged in. I went to use it today and realized the computer wasn't sitting flat. Turning it over, I discovered the housing on the battery was popping open. Took it out and the battery has burst every seam. Quite a mess. Luckily no damage to the computer and no fire.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery MISSLEADING info

    • Written by from Bayside

    The MACBOOK PRO battery is simply USELESS, unless you plan to use your laptop plugged into the wall outlet AT ALL TIMES, by another laptop or get another extra battery every 6 months!
    Unfortunately APPLE has not yet realized that their batteries are simply unacceptable.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Battery...Bad

    • Written by from new york

    Wow, this battery is my second and I must say I am disappointed. It's just over a year old and now if I am not paying attention my computer will shut off with no warning of low battery. I still have an old g4 laptop with the original battery that works like a charm. What happened to the quality? at 129$ i expect a little better performance than one year. If I could give 0 stars I would.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    0-stars MacbookPro battery is not worth $10.

    • Written by from Altadena

    This should have been recalled. I'm on my third one. They don't last more than a couple months. I fully drain and charge at least a couple times a month and I hardly run on just battery alone, but they just don't work. I don't really know what the point of writing a review is, because there is no other choice of battery to buy. Love all mac product, but these batteries should've been scrapped in the beginning. I give this 0 stars, but in order to post this they make you click at least 1 star.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This battery won't last.

    • Written by from Hyde Park

    This battery lasted not even year for me. The warranty on it is for 90 days... just another way for apple to take money from you every year. So much for customer satisfaction.

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery? over and over again

    • Written by from east lansing

    I have had 2 replacements so far. Now my 3rd battery won't hold a charge past 20-30 min. max. I calibrated etc. no luck. Now, my Apple Care is expired, so I must pay for it on my own. I think when you purchase a laptop the battery should last at least 2-3 years. Replacing it every year is awful and costly. Apple should fix this. I would much rather spend my money on a new computer vs a new battery every 11 or 12 months. System says Battery Condition: Check Battery and said yesterday my capacity was 4000+, today capacity is 3000+. I don't get warnings that the battery is about to die, just a complete shut off.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from DeBary

    These batteries are horrible. I cycle the batteries religiously and I get about 9 months out of them before I am down to around 1 - 1.5 hours of time. Unfortunately the aftermarket ones are not much better. I am happy Apple has invested in their battery technology because these things stink and they are very expensive.

    32 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    mixed blessing

    • Written by

    The battery gets very hot. It doesn't last long. I'm spoiled because this computer replaced my old MacBook and the battery on that one always got me through a full day of discontinuous use. I'm on my 3rd battery in 4 years and it's good for about 1 minute at a time. Love my computer, but sorry to be buying a fourth battery already. I've checked around on line and perhaps if I am diligent about exercising the battery this next one will last a little longer.

    28 of 29 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    • Written by from Gilbert

    Just bought brand new replacement battery for MBP. I get 3 hours at lowest display brightness setting and "better battery life" for graphics setting. I'm only editing files and browsing the web (no video). I guess I should be happy since I was only getting a little more than an hour on my 18-month old battery.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 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.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cycling DOES work!!

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    I just bought a new battery and decided to try the cycle idea. It works! So far, I get approximately 5 hrs of use. It is NOT false advertising! You just need to follow the suggestion! I am very happy with my purchase.

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple take responsibility

    • Written by from Abbotsford

    The battery that came with my Macbook Pro was fine, and held 3-4 hours of charge until I upgraded to Snow Leopard, now I get 30 minutes max. I refuse to believe that something went wrong overnight the day before I installed Snow Leopard, so Apple needs to do something about this.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Battery On The Market

    • Written by from Upper Marlboro

    This is by far the WORST battery on the market. Has to be replaced at least once a year either due to expansion or failure to hold a charge. Three years, four batteries later. Right now, my fourth battery only holds a full charge for one hour and all I do is surf the web, no heavy duty apps or games. This will be the last one I buy for it. Apple needs to get on it's A game or else I will be moving back into the PC market for my next computer.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    15 minutes of power after 1.5 years

    • Written by from Ames

    I bought my 15" MacBook Pro in March 2008. Since installing Snow Leopard the Menu Bar said "Service Battery". From that point on, the battery life declined steadily. By the time I was able to take it into an Apple Store, the charge time had decreased to just 15 minutes (the computer would die randomly with no warning whatsoever). Despite clear indications of a defective battery, I was not offered a free replacement because it was out of warranty. I hope to have better luck with my new battery, but I am not happy about having to pay $130 for it...

    In the interest of fairness, the battery did meet or exceed my expectations until it began to fail. However, I see little excuse for a laptop battery that dies in under two years. I really hope that the integrated batteries Apple currently offers in the MacBook Pro offer a longer lifespan...

    30 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