• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    battery swollen

    • Written by

    I am having the same problem as everybody else. I wonder how long Apple has known about this problem. The complains only go back to 2009 on this page, and people were complaining then. I have found complaints online going back to at least 2006. This is 2 years before Apple even sold me my laptop.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad batteries

    • Written by from Lower Sackville

    My original MB Pro 17 had to have this battery replaced after two years due to it swelling to almost twice its normal thickness. After 2 years, the replacement battery suffered the exact same problem. This time, no warranty. Judging from my experience and the other reviewers here, this seems this is a persistent problem with this battery.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    swollen battery

    • Written by from oklahoma city

    3rd battery. 2nd in 2 years. I'm sure this battery I bought tonight will do the same. The guy at the store explained to me how the new Macbook Pros don't have this problem, and that's why the batteries are SEALED INSIDE! I'm a loyal Apple customer for over a decade, but after being told I had to pay for this one, I'm about ready to be a stuffy, nerdy, PC. At least I won't be a dupe.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's Me Again :(

    • Written by from Cumberland

    I'm here to purchase my 4th battery in three years. My enthusiasm for Apple's innovation is greatly tempered by the $600 drained from my wallet by this lousy battery.

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Enough

    • Written by from Pleasant Prairie

    I just replaced my battery after two years of regular use. My computer stays plugged in most of the time at work, and I've been able to spend a couple hours online, etc. in the evening on battery power. A couple weeks ago the battery life dropped to a couple minutes so I knew it was time to replace it. After reading some reviews about the bubbling, I myself noticed my battery start to do it just last night. Good thing my new battery showed up this morning.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Copenhagen

    I just noticed that my battery on the MBP 17" had started expanding. A quick search on google for "macbook pro battery warped" and this list is one of the top hits.

    I can't believe Apple would sell me something like this, HUGE disappointment.
    I understand from all these reviews that they don't even acknowledge this as a flaw! which would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.

    It's a MAJOR flaw, I have a PC at twice the age, and the battery on that one still holds up, and it isn't about to explode.

    56 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Wendell

    I just had my MAC Pro 17 inch out a couple of weeks ago and everything looked fine. I just pulled my MAC out again and my battery was bulged way out. It is toast. I order a new replacement battery but it is very scary to see it that way. It could have leaked and caused a great deal of damage. Now I wonder about my MAC Air. If it were to happen on it I would image my laptop would be damage beyond repair. Makes me hesitant to buy another laptop with a non-user replaceable battery.

    I also looked to see if there was a recall on these but didn't see any. Too bad. 8-(

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expanded Battery

    • Written by from poplar

    Never unplugged my Mac 17". battery finally bubbled after1.5 or 2 years. Never lasted very long anyway. Maybe an hour. the laptop really is too big to be portable all the time so I'm not too bummed. I like the 15 for bummin around much better. Have had my Mac for 4 years. Finally ugraded from tiger to lion. No problems except I didn't upgrade all the drivers first. Couple of days went by and the printer started working. Love the lion.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time to Think Differenter

    • Written by from Burlington

    Surely this is not rocket science... Let's see a bit of focus on one of the less sexy elements and get this weak link in the chain re-designed! Onto my second replacement.. who knows when the costs will end?

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Battery, Bad Engineering and Bad Design

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I am writing this review after my second failed battery. Both batteries swelled/expanded and lost charging ability. While I think it's normal for a battery to have a limited lifespan, the swelling shouldn't happen and is potentially hazardous to user, computer and environment.

    44 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Problems

    • Written by from Dekalb

    Worked well for first couple of years then one battery became swollen and i had to replace it at Best buy ( no apple store where I live). The computer has always run hot....it has gotten worse. Now the mac book pro wont turn on and I am on my way to Apple store in nearest town to bring in. Has Apple released any official statements on this issue regarding MBP? I am a fan of Apple but I am not getting this product again if there is an inherent problem with computer burning out, burning out batteries, or fans not cooling apprpriate (which I suspect because the computer is ALWAYS hot). Moreover I am certainly not recommending it. Expensive machine - should be working like a PRO not blowing up and out.

    38 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not even a warning?

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    "Oh - and by the way... you will have to replace the battery some day when you discover that it has expanded (for your protection) to the point of rendering your computer inoperable." At least i could have gotten a backup then instead of this alarming surprise. I though something was wrong with my trackpad. Fortunately (?) so many other people have "benefitted" from this "safety feature" that my first search immediately led me here. How could something this lame not be public knowledge already? ...Or at the very least revealed to the customer at purchase.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another swollen, expanded (not quite exploded) - Apple, are you listening?

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Same as dozens of others. I could not believe when I logged on to order a new battery and saw my story printed over and over and over again. Terrible product.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Exploding battery a safety feature?!

    • Written by from Chelmsford

    I have had my mac book pro for 3 years and all of a sudden as many other people have said the trackpad went crazy and the battery was swollen. I took the battery out and after about 2 weeks it had expanded by about 5cm.

    I took it to the apple shop and they told me it was a safety feature, they said when a battery comes to the end of its life it can become very hot, and to prevent it from literally blowing up, it expands to release the pressure.

    If it's expanding whilst in the computer isn't that going to cause more damage?

    Not very impressed.

    34 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple failure no. # 1.

    • Written by from New York

    Have no idea why Apple has not been able to fix this problem.
    I now have to get my Battery number 4. The computer runs so hot that the Battery expands physically and pushes on the track pad so it doesn't work.
    This must be Apple's lowest rated product, but Apple does not care, as it must give them a steady income. Well done Apple.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery bulged so much it lifted my computer off the desk

    • Written by from San Diego

    Out of no where the battery in my macbook pro expanded so much it lifted it off the desk in which it was sitting. WOW. Something is seriously wrong with these batteries. And $129 a piece??? Not cool Apple.

    38 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dangerous Piece of Junk!

    • Written by from Keremeos

    When I noticed my Macbook Pro 17" was rocking back and forth on the table by itself I new something was amiss. Managed to get the battery out before it had swollen up enough to do any damage. After being out of the computer for two weeks the battery doubled in thickness.
    The battery amazingly still has a full charge but no longer fits in the laptop. Neither Apple or the Future Shop extended warranty will stand behind this defective battery, most dissapointing.
    Come on Apple, issue a recall!

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery swollen-affecting trackpad funtionality

    • Written by from Ocala

    This month my Mac Book Pro will turn 3 years old to be exact. I realize that the trackpad was getting crazy it was getting to a point that using my Mac Book Pro without a mouse was impossible, until a realize that the battery compartment of my Mac Book Pro was not closing properly.
    I checked the battery and found out that the battery was swollen and that it was pushing the trackpad upward affecting the functionality of the trackpad. I removed the battery and the trackpad is working fine now.
    Are the batteries of this computer supposed to swollen with the used after 3 years, or is this a battery defect? I mostly used my computer on my desk and plug. I agree with some of the Customer reviews to affirm that I'm happy with apple products and I did not have any problem with my battery until now. the battery still charging fine but it's charge go fast and continue swollen.
    My problem is that if I want to used the battery I can not used the track pad or if I used the trackpad I can not use the battery. So, what do I need to do, pay for a new battery? I have to, if I want to used the computer on the go! I hope to be luckier that many of the people that had posted here, and the battery I will buy next will last longer.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    useless garbage battery

    • Written by

    have replaced two times in last two years in my sons 17" macbook pro. Not very impressed with the laptop relaibility since it had to have the mother board replaced. Now the right fan is howling. So much for the wonderfull world of APPLE. I could have bought six or seven PC based machines with what is tied up in this rotten APPLE.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Astoria

    First, I want to say that I love Apple. I love their products and have been using them for a long time, but the batteries on the MAC book pro are a JOKE. We purchased a 15 inch and a 17 inch 3 years ago and we've replaced the batteries twice on on the 15 inch and 3 times on the 17 inch. Yes, you read this correctly - 3 times!! I'm a technical person so I've followed every suggestion from the techs at Apple support but the same thing happens to the battery.


    47 of 48 people found this useful