• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Remove & Replace

    • Written by from Lubbock

    I purchased my 17" MBP April 2006, in 2008 I had to replace the battery due to overheating and the "life cycle" Bulge. the second battery I will now replace this month... The reason it last me over 5 years is it spent most of its time on my desk, plugged in WITHOUT THE BATTERY, the battery would only be used in the laptop when traveling. I realize this IS a design flaw, however Id rather deal with this problem than no longer having an 17" MBP available anymore. Dear APPLE, Its been 8 years with this one, id buy a new 17" if you'd market one.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big bulging bad battery

    • Written by from New Brunswick

    Purchasing 3rd of 3 batteries now for same MBP 17". Wow. Can't believe the 2nd one went like the first one.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Used and maintained correctly, excellent! How to...

    • Written by from Waltham

    I have been using the same (original) battery for 8 years. REALLY! No bulging, no problems.
    The unplugged battery life was 3 1/2 to 4 hours for several years, and slowly decreased to about 2 hours now.

    How? Very simple. I always fully charged the battery (100%), then unplugged it and ran my laptop on only the battery until I got either the "battery is low" warning or it ran completely out of juice, more often waiting until the battery died completely. Result: a battery that still works great after 8 years!

    Unplug your computer unless you are charging!!!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Battery Bulge

    • Written by from Golden

    Track pad quit working and then my battery burst. The metal casing actually came off. Groan.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How can Apple not make this right?

    • Written by from Huntington Beach

    Now the 3rd one to bulge. Once the trackpad button stops working, you are out of luck and have a potential explosion on your hands. I am going to do the puncture method on my newly trashed battery and post it on YouTube with the countless others just to keep the discussion alive. Apple should fix this and provide free replacement batteries that actually last longer than 2 years.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bulging, bent battery case.

    • Written by from Pincourt

    I've had to replace this battery 3 times. Every single one had the same problem. Even with proper battery care and cycling, every one has failed miserably. At around 225 cycles or about a year and a half, every battery I've had has stopped holding a charge and starts to bulge--breaking out of its own casing. A terrible battery... especially for the price.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    these do not last

    • Written by from London

    They are great during the first year, but all three i have had burst the battery cases after about 24-28 months. This is an expensive battery to last only about 2 years!
    Apple will gladly sell me another but no thanks.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fool me once...

    • Written by from Phoenix

    When my first battery swelled up and stopped working, I got a replacement battery. I got an official one from Apple, thinking that this would be the best option. Well, my second official Apple battery just met the same demise. This time, I’m gonna go with a cheaper alternative. I realize that it might not last, but it'll be a whole lot easier to replace the next time, knowing that I've only spent a fraction of the money for it.

    32 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to purchase a 3rd battery

    • Written by from Kamloops

    the last two of my batteries bulged, it actually cracked my Speck hard cover case.

    With so many bad comments, I too, would think that Apple would have fixed the issue... Is it just bad batteries or is there something in the computer causing the batteries to do this??

    35 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3rd Battery

    • Written by from Denver

    Well guys and gals at Apple, take a look at these reviews this battery issue continues to happen. I am now on my third battery with the same issue of bulging. Hoping something "bad" does not happen due to the compromised battery issue you know about.

    41 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective Battery

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I am now on the second battery for my 17" 2008 vintage MCP. Both times the battery began to expand and interfere with trackpad function. Stores no longer stock so I have to get by mail order.

    Poorly designed battery and poor support from apple

    39 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bulging battery again

    • Written by from Asbury Park

    Second time battery has bulged. Seems like a serious issue.

    32 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from De Pere

    My 17" MacBook Pro battery started bulging one month ago. Called Apple and the service rep although very nice said there was no record of Bulging Battery issues; then I found out that there was a voluntary recall of I believe 1.8 million Batts not to mention the hundreds of comments on this site! Can't find them in any store within 100 miles of my city and online order through Apple says it would ship in 3-4 weeks! Very disenchanted with Apple right now. Buyer beware!

    34 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Issue

    • Written by from Missoula

    Yea, mine just bulged out on me too, though I must say I've had the McBook for about 8 years and have had no previous problems. I've heard that leaving the machine plugged in with the setting on sleep can cause this problem, though I'm unsure.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hear we go again!

    • Written by from Medford

    Third battery! So what is it, a bad battery or is it the power supply that is frying the batteries?

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    each one bulged at the three year mark

    • Written by from Rancho Cucamonga

    The first one bulged just before the three year apple care was up so they replaced if at no charge. the replacement batter bulged at three years and a month but it was out of warrantee anyway after an year.

    Doesn't Apple see all the one star ratings and feel embarrassed enough to do something about it?

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Alhambra

    Since my first battery died, ive been EVEN more conscious of calibrating and cycling the battery every week or so. Regardless, my battery dies only a year later! If I need to buy a brand new battery thats over $100, every year, thats ridiculous, considering my PC has lasted longer without needing to replace the battery.

    I've now gone through two of these batteries, and Apple has no interest in replacing them or reassuring us that they have improved the life of them. With the recent crash issues Mac software has been experiencing, and now Apple hardware issues, like weak batteries, I think I might go back to PC.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rated -*****

    • Written by from Circleville

    Since this was not my first Mac, I knew Macs run HOT. I have always kept my 2007 MBP on the best cooling pad made. Silly me, it only delayed the inevitable. I didn't know about the risk of the defective batteries. I would never have invested in this monster of a computer if I had. No warning-just in time for the 4th it blows! I feel betrayed.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    17-inch MacBook Pro Battery

    • Written by from ANTIOCH

    Don't know if the problem about the expanding battery for the 17-inch MacBook Pro has been fixed, but it recently happened to me after years of loyal services. Love the MacBook Pro, but the battery situation is very un-Mac-like. In any event, I took the Mac and the battery to the Genius Bar today and they reaffirmed why I am an Apple fan and loyalist. After a detailed description about why the battery split its case and expanded to the point of warping the chassis and disabling the trackpad (all in aid of trying to explain why this was not a design flaw), they replaced my battery (no charge, even though that may not have been the policy for the store I went to). The bottomline, according to the Genius at the Bar, is to make sure you cycle the battery (i.e. run it down fully and charge it up) twice a month. I would have taken a star away for the battery, but the service made up for it.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    from "defective" to "design feature" according to apple, inc

    • Written by from San Jose

    the original batteries that came w/ this laptop were recalled (nor was it limited to apple batteries). at the time, i had no problem. however a year later, the battery bulged so that the trackpad won't work. pulled the battery out and left it sit for a couple of days. it expanded so much it quadrupled in size, twisting the case into an interesting shape. i took it to the local apple store. they looked at it, took it and gave me a new battery. no questions, no name, nothing. walked away happy. fast forward 2 years latter, the new battery did the same thing. this time the local apple store said this was 'normal' and a 'design feature' and that i either recharged the battery too many times or let it get hot. ah, no. same use pattern.

    so, what is it, 'design flaw' or 'design feature'? i know. why won't apple, inc say so now?

    treat a loyal customer since 1983 this way? for $129? bad apple, inc.

    39 of 40 people found this useful