• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why can't I give these batteries zero stars?

    • Written by from Hudson

    I purchased a Macbook Pro 18 months ago. When new, the battery easily did 4.5 to 5 hours. A mere year and a half later and the battery life is down to 45 - 50 minutes. At almost $130 for a replacement, this is unacceptable. Its worth noting, I religiously follow all of the manufacturer's recommendations for cycling and calibrating the battery. A superior computer with a low quality battery.

    44 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad my battery isn't built-in...

    • Written by from Silver Lake

    Because Apple can't make batteries.

    My first battery had a meter problem so it would shut off randomly because the system couldn't estimate the correct time left. Just before my 1 year warranty expired I got it replaced free of charge. However... my second battery is HORRIBLE. Just hit 80 cycles, and the health is at 49% and I get less than an hour of battery life. They are supposedly spec'd to do 100 cycles with 80% health. You have to buy these things every year.

    52 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rechargeable Battery - It is embarassing for Apple to have such a weak batt

    • Written by from New York

    My MacBook Pro cost more than $2000 if including tax. The battery last less than 3 hours on the first months, now it is on the computer just to cover the hole, I have my MacBook Pro plug at all times. It is riduculous since I have wireless internet, wireless mouse BUT plugged notebook. The computer is excellente, but already bought 3 battery for it. Never had a problem with my Dell and IBM before... It looses on the battery issue big time.

    43 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A bad battery starts with a bad manufacturing plan

    • Written by from Bastrop

    My MBP works great. My battery only had 29 cycles after fifteen months before it quit accepting a charge at all. Apple designed a great notebook. With a good idea for a smart battery and screwed it up by going with the cheapest vendor for parts. Apple should realize that they could have paid an extra $20 for a better battery cell and the niche market that is willing to pay the price for a MBP would gladly pay up to $200 for a battery that lasts. People don't buy Apple products because they are the cheapest out there. They buy them because they expect a high performance level.

    46 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Some info for future

    • Written by from Newport

    Got my MacBookPro on eBay (new). 15.4" 2.16Ghz Core Duo, 1GB single DIMM DDR2, 256GDDR3 ATi x1600, 100GB Seagate 5400rpm HDD. It was manufactured in mid April 2006. The battery model is A1175 and it's serial number is ending with TY4B. Since I realise that the stated battery life is usualy no where close to the real life I had to test it. It works for 1.2 hours when under high pressure (playing games), just under 3 hours watching DVD's, and 3.25 hours is it's max life time. Not that close to 5 hours, uh?

    52 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A common theme

    • Written by from Oakhurst

    You can read all the following reviews; but save yourself the time. Nearly every one says the same thing; Macbook Pro batteries last generally far less than a year before turning to toast. While we all agree we love our Macs as a whole, they require a maintenance investment of about $150-$175 a year to have operable portable power. I just bought another battery in May of this year, which started doing the "indicator says its fine, but it just suddenly goes dead" routine. My old battery (a year and a half old) holds about 1/2 hour. So...off to the apple store I go. (And yes, I do the cycling routine...to no avail.) But...its a trade-off. I could be spending that much on virus protection with a pc. Apple is confident enough in their computer product and our loyalty that I doubt they much care about our issues with its battery. If they cared, they'd write something pertaining to such in this forum.

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION from APPLE

    • Written by from Waterloo

    I've owned a MacBookPro for just about a year now, and just around 3/4 months ago my battery life started decreasing dramatically. Even when I did as the genius bar recommended and dimmed my screen, didn't leave it plugged in all the time, ejected the peripherals when not needed, etc., it still continues to be garbage. If Apple really wants to be a cut above the competition they should provide batteries that can sustain their product's performance demands. My battery hasn't even completed 92 cycles yet and it dies without warning after being unplugged for 15 minutes. I am extremely disappointed that I don't have the freedom I paid for when I decided to purchase a laptop.

    45 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why did it die?

    • Written by from New Haven

    My MacBook Pro battery had an enviable 3-4 hour life span. Then, last weekend it up-and-died without warning. From full function to no function literally overnight.

    Disappointed!

    R

    64 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Watch a Movie on Battery???? Good Luck!!!!!!!

    • Written by from Kapaa

    I tried downloading a dvd from itunes on my new MacBook Pro. The computer was charged up when I started watching the movie. Quite irritating that towards the end of the movie, I got the message my battery was running low and the computer would soon shut down. I had to quit the movie and charge the battery.

    I called tech support several times the next few days and was told that about 90 minutes watching a dvd was about average. Who would design a battery to last less than an average movie they are selling on itunes?????????
    I have used apple products since the early 80's. Had a Newton, 256 E machine, imac, iphone, etc. So, I like their products, but not their battery designs. What happens if you want to watch a movie on a flight?? Do you need to spend over $100 for a spare battery????

    72 of 108 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    On my 4th battery!

    • Written by from Toronto

    Man I hate this battery. The first one I got didn't hold its charge and was replaced free of charge by Apple. The second one did a big melt down/bulge and was replaced free by Apple again. Then I was out of warranty and had to replace my next batter myself at a cost of $160 and now the battery isn't holding a charge once more and will need to be replaced AGAIN! That's 4 batteries in the 3 years I've had my MacBook Pro. That's unacceptable and Apple knows this.

    54 of 72 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Battery Life

    • Written by from BIRMINGHAM

    As has been mentioned previously many times before, the lifespan on this product seems to be incredibly poor. I bought my 15in MacBook Pro back in August, and everything was working fine - I calibrated the battery just like the manual said, and I was getting a good 4 or 5 hours of use out of it each time. After about eight weeks I noticed a slight drop in battery performance, in that it would be fully charged but only have about 3 hours power. It's now December and the most I can get out of it is 2 hours and 40 minutes. Either I have a faulty product or these batteries simply aren't as good as they're made out to be. At $129 (approx £65) a throw, replacement is an option I don't want to think about. Sort it out Apple!

    41 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop it with the "Cycle your battery" stuff

    • Written by from Oshkosh

    Seriously. Maybe I've got bad karma/voodoo/luck/whatever, but I *babied* my second battery. I have over 252 cycles on the battery according to System Profiler in the 92 weeks I've owned the battery. And Snow Leopard still says "Service Battery". Funny, 92 weeks is about the same life I got out of my first battery when I didn't cycle it at all! They are junk. I'm going to an Apple Store soon to hear the corporate line and, unless I get a free battery, I'm buying a NuPower battery.

    40 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Portable Computing At It's Worst!

    • Written by from Marietta

    I'm going for my third battery in three years. I actually needed this battery three months ago! What is the use of having a laptop if I have to use it like a desk top.

    Love Apple - great products - but the worst battery on the market.

    41 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4.5-6hrs of battery life

    • Written by from LONG BEACH

    These batteries last well & work as advertised. Just remember it's a laptop battery, so it needs to be fully charged & fully drained on a semi-regular basis ('cycled') to provide good long term results. Otherwise you'll quickly destroy their ability to hold a charge. I use the iStatNano dashboard widget to monitor them; helps a lot.

    46 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery not the best..

    • Written by from Brownsville

    The battery has never performed well. More time charging the unit (and less run-time) than I consider acceptable.. Heating is excessive. After a few months it gave out and when examined it was found to have physically failed.. the case swollen and split.. From my experience I do enjoy the laptop but can not recommend the Appple battery.

    41 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    After 10 months, battery won't hold charge...

    • Written by from Vernon Hills

    I've owned this one for 10 months. Now the battery dies after 15 minutes.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery bad

    • Written by from Santa Rosa

    Yep, it's true. The battery on my MacBook Pro is about a year and a half old and it's suddenly gone bad. Same symptoms as described below.

    40 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead Batt

    • Written by from las vegas

    Same as other review. Have had my MacBook Pro 15" about 14 months. 75% of the use is with the AC. My battery now lasts an amazing 10-15 min.!!

    With so many people having the same issue as it relates to the batteries, it seems that there is a significant design flaw somewhere. Not something expected from Apple for this long a period of time. $130 every year for a battery kind of stinks!! (I'd like to use another word but the review nazi's won't allow it).

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing Battery Lifespan

    • Written by from Kitchener

    My macbook pro's battery is only 16 months old and like one reviewer suggested, I cycled it every week and yet it can barely hold a charge now. If I unplug my laptop, it will only last for about 30 minutes.

    I downloaded Coconut Battery and did a battery check. My battery can only hold a maximum charge of 1335mAh now, which is only 24% of it's original capacity! I am a little disappointed in how quickly this battery lost its ability to hold a charge. Always needing to be plugged in kind of defeats the purpose of having a portable computer. I hope my next battery will hold up better than this one.

    36 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horrible

    • Written by from Raleigh

    I have owned my Macbook Pro for only a year and already I am told that I need to buy a new battery. You would think after paying $2000 for a top of the line laptop that the battery would last at LEAST several years. Not with Apple though. The battery holds a charge only until it gets to 50% battery and then shuts off. Horrible horrible product satisfaction.

    39 of 43 people found this useful