• 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    no problems whatsoever

    • Written by from oxford

    i have had the same macbook pro for nearly four years and just this month the battery condition went from "normal" to "replace soon." i don't plan on replacing it until it changes to "replace now," and i must say that i am very impressed with how long it has lasted. i just recently noticed that it isn't holding a charge as well as it used to. as i said before, i am very impressed with the battery. not one complaint here! some people say that this battery will only last a year; but if you take care of it, it will last a long long time!

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Explodes

    • Written by from Ellensburg

    My battery died a few months back, but I kept it plugged in to keep power as my mac is what I use to make a living. While working, my power cord got unplugged... I plugged it back in, and to my surprise my computer would not boot back up. I turn my computer over, and my battery had EXPLODED!!! It had doubled it's size.. and miraculously at the same exact time my hard drive had failed. Out of warranty and out of luck! After spending the nearly $400 to fix my hard drive I am reluctant to buy a battery for $140.

    30 of 38 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

    Dead Battery

    • Written by from Boise

    I bought my macbook pro almost exactly a year ago. The day my warranty expired the battery was dead!!! 1 year for a rechargeable battery is not acceptable I have never gotten more than 2.5 hours battery life under any condition. I regret buying a macbook pro I have had several problems that were fixed until the day my warranty expired.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Low Lifespan, False Advertising

    • Written by from OAKLAND

    Battery was advertised to provide up to 5 hours of charge under certain conditions (mild web browsing, low screen brightness, bluetooth off, wifi ON). My first battery couldnt even get 4 hours with screen at lowest brightness and wifi OFF, with the charge capacity dwindling to 2.5 hours after maybe 8 months....

    I got a new battery that lived up to the 5-hour charm for about 4 months, then began dwindling heavily...after 8 months, the computer shuts off without warning and barely provides 1.5 hours of use.

    this is a terrible terrible completely unreliable product.

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    it is just like Toyota's defective parts

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Bought MB-Pro about fourteen(14) months ago since I used Macs at work (not notebooks) as a mechanical design engineer. Mac is the appropriate tool (at premium price, of course) for pro's, and it always performed multi-tasking for me better than PC's BUT certainly not better than SUNS Micro Sys (those who have used will agree w/ it).
    Okay, Bottom line: MB-P a good computer, w/ a real bad or leaky gas tank, yes you got it....the battery. It has a really really really bad battery which didn't live up to its name (Sony made this for Mac), regardless...it is a bad battery.
    Also, don't listen to any1 telling you that the battery doesn't get affected when its fully charged & you are running it on the power adapter, not true. It DOES get affected, even your system (Sys Profiler > Power) status tells you otherwise.
    After all, there is no such a thing as perfect vehicle OR perfect computer.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good experience here

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Having used my laptop daily and quite heavily for the past two years, and haven't had a single problem with the battery life. After a little over an hour of watching movies, it's still got over 50% juice left. Full charge capacity is still at 4251 after 200 cycles, battery's at 75% health according to iStat as well. According to Apple's suggested use/charging policies, I've treated it quite poorly as well. Not sure why so many have had problems.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Battery is used properly

    • Written by from Cumberland

    I have had my 15" MacBook Pro for almost three years now and I'm still on the original Battery, it has 440 cycles and is still at 60% Health. I can still watch a full hour and a half worth of video on full brightness before it dies. The trick is to be as strict as possible about cycling it properly by completely discharging it before you plug it in again, and fully charging it before unplugging it.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible!!

    • Written by from Terrace

    My first battery died shortly before my 1-year warranty had expired. Apple replaced the battery with a new one, but it was reduced to about 2% of its capacity within a few months. Now I'm left with a laptop that will shut down instantly if the power cord is knocked out of place. I spent over $2,000 for a laptop with a battery worth less than the lint in my pocket. Of course, after I had received my second battery my warranty was over and I couldn't get ahold of Apple to see if they would do anything about the second one. My cycle count on the second battery was 57 when it died. I followed all recommended practices for maintaining battery life and even have a new power adapter.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Battery

    • Written by from Grayslake

    354 Cycles and still have 73% of my battery health. Refresh cycles for your battery key.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery life

    • Written by from Dublin

    I've had my MacBook Pro for 2 years now with 528 cycles and 52% left. Far superior to other products I've owned!

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2 Years and Counting

    • Written by from Bloomington

    I have been on the same battery for over two years. It is on 356 cycles with 30% life left. I haven't really done anything special to keep it from dying. Nowadays, I always have to plug it in when I take it places, otherwise it will die in about 30 minutes. I supposed that could be a problem for some people, but what do you expect from a battery that is over 2 years old. Keep in mind that I am a web designer and that my macbook pro and charger have seen many many coffee shops. Overall, I am very pleased with the battery and charger.

    12 of 16 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to drop price

    • Written by from Kingwood

    I am on my 3rd battery and that is because I mainly use my iMac now. These things don't last long enough for the price. Please drop the price so I can keep using my MBP

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked fine for me until I installed Windows 7

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I am not sure why so many people are complaining about this battery. I had mine for three years and it worked great. Then, I installed Windows 7 on my Macbook Pro, and that, for some unknown reason, fried the battery. Afterwards, I could only get 30 minutes out of it (before I played around with Windows 7, the battery had 1.5 hours of life in it). So a word of caution... Don't install Windows on your Mac notebooks!

    8 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cycle and Airflow

    • Written by from Wayne

    I get very good battery life considering all the work I do on my Macbook Pro. But I DO Cycle my battery once a week, which is letting your battery go down to basically 1 or 2%, and then plugging in your laptop until it is fully charged. This WILL extend the life and use of your battery. I didn't do it with my last Mac and paid the price with more batteries. So far, over a year and this one is working great. BUT one thing is the heat that is generated with the Macs. As great as they are, I had burnt out my memory in my first Powerbook because of the heat. Since then I use a Targus 17 inch cooling pad, and I haven't had a problem since. You've got to keep your computer as cool as possible. So Cycle and keep cool... you'll be happy!

    13 of 17 people found this useful