• 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from New York

    Like another reviewer said, DO NOT LEAVE YOU LAPTOP IN SLEEP WHILE UNPLUGGED FOR OVER A DAY OR SO. In sleep mode it'll drain the batt far past it's reserve level and into the point of no return. I accidentally did it when I thought I shut my computer down, and now the batt shows 0% all the time, or a little slash through the battery icon. Sad face. Now I need a new battery. The lamest part of this is if you accidentally disconnect the power supply (trip over it or move the computer) the whole thing shuts off. (it's an obvious statement, but a super frustrating one.)

    226 of 235 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    defective battery

    • Written by from Middletown

    Well, those who write negative reviews have some truth, although the swelling took some time, say 4 years, starting in 2008, to finally not let the macbook seal up, there are defects. I was disappointed that this could happen in spite of using the battery separate from the power source, running the battery down as instructed, not dropping the laptop on the floor, and so forth. Though when you consider the overall cost of the computer, 120 for four years when you got the computer for more than 5 times this price isn't the worst of your problems. Still of all the aspects of an actual macbook, the battery is perhaps the worst part, even though the computer, it's hardware, and the operating system, have worked like a charm for me for the past 4 years.

    99 of 110 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    a shame

    • Written by from Libertyville

    much like the cases of other reviews ive read, my battery is starting to die as im approaching the 1 year mark. its really a shame that this looks to be taking away some of apple's customers. i hate to see such a great computer and OS be looked down upon by people because of the battery. for their own sake, they should try to figure out this battery situation.

    50 of 57 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    swelling battery

    • Written by from Sanford

    I thought it was just a poor fit. I don't use trackpad much but when it stopped working I found it had to be replace because the battery had swollen so bably. Was also told this was a potential fire problem. Have been using w/o battery but finally decide to replace with travel coming up.

    42 of 48 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Assault and Battery

    • Written by from santee

    Have had my mac for about 3 1/2 years it will say fully charged and even on the power save mode it says (0:42) but only lasts about 10min well i guess shelling out $140 is what i have to do.
    Very disappointing. If after 3 1/2 years i only lasted 5 min with my Gf i would be in trouble
    also disk drive stopped working recently right after my apple care expired.

    45 of 57 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Life

    • Written by from Upper Marlboro

    I just bought a new battery last year after my previous one died out (which I had for 3 years by the way), now I have to buy a new one after only ONE year because it's doing the same thing. I'm not understanding how I have to buy a new battery after only having it for a year. Apple please do better.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Swelling Problem

    • Written by from Timonium

    The battery design is very well thought out in that its green LED indicators make it easy to tell how much charge is left even when the computer is off. However after having my macbook for nearly two years my battery started swelling dramatically, pushing up against the inside of the macbook making it almost impossible to click on the trackpad button and causing random clicks to happen when I rest my palm on the macbook to type. This is horrible.

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    expensive, essential, broken

    • Written by from Freehold

    when i first purchased my macbook the battery was incredible and lasted longer than any other laptop that i have ever had by twice as much time, but as time went by the battery slowly started to last less time, to a point where it started to last about an hour and a half to a 2 hour max which is fine by me until one day the battery out of no where just completely refused to work, the battery says that its fully charged, yet the battery does not last longer than .10 of a second, if the ac cord gets yanked out by my dog i dont even have enough time to plug it back in before my computer is immediatley shut down.... major dissapointment but its essential to have one

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sebring

    My battery is now in need of servicing. What does that mean? I now have to worry about a battery for my portable that has never given me 5 hours, despite the claims by Apple and some devoted/lucky customers.

    I will eventually have to get a replacement, I suppose, which then means more money spent. I hope that is not the Apple modus operandi, as I would be most disappointed. I agree with earlier comments, Apple does need to look at the quality of its batteries. Maybe that is why they decided to do internal batteries.

    32 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Clemente

    I bought my MacBook for school in September and have seen slowly decreasing battery life since I bought it. This is probably because I do not always drain the battery completely and then charge it completely. I mean, who does? That can be challenging when it is drained and you plug it in, but then the class ends after you have charged it only 1/3 of the way. I have also noticed that everyone with a mac at school brings their charger with them, as opposed to very few pc owners. This is an expensive replacement item, Apple. It would be different if the battery cost 50 dollars or something. But the fact that the battery never had a long interval between charges to begin with and then on top of that has now a life of about 1 and 1/2 hours when I am running Word, iTunes, Safari, and Mail with energy saver set to "better battery life" , no widgets on my dashboard, and the brightness set to 1 bar is not only disappointing, it is unacceptable. I don't seem to be the only person having this problem, either. The only upsides to this battery are: 1) there is an indicator light in the bottom, 2) it is lightweight, and 3) it does not overheat. If anyone has any suggestions for better battery life, I would love to hear them. I would be happy to sacrifice a few millimeters of the MacBook's slimness to have better battery life. I don't know if the reason for the inability for it to hold a charge for more than 2 hours is because of my charging methods or not, but it seems to me like a shame that a Dell Latitude laptop's battery can hold a charge so much longer than my Mac. I mean, come on. Everything else about the computer is great? Why can't this work like the rest of the computer?

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    89% charge after 5months

    • Written by from Newport News

    Great battery when you first get it. After 5months battery power is only at 89% I downloaded Coconut Battery (program off Macworld) it views current mAh and previous mAh when it was brand new. Great program. See what the rest of you get. Mine also might be defective. so im taking it back to Apple ASAP when i get time.

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Suddenly deformed itself to death after 3+ years

    • Written by from Yreka

    My battery was still working well until the past week, when it suddenly deformed itself to the no-longer-functional point and has practically come apart. Of course my warranty expired about 3 months ago, so I guess I have no alternative to getting another one.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    battery life

    • Written by from Raymond

    I have had my MacBook for a year and a half and still can get over an hour's use out of the battery. I have "conditioned" the battery as detailed in the MacBook manual religiously. Clearly these things do not last forever. Mine is certainly not what it used to be. Given the usable life-span of these things, Apple really should consider this a loss-leader and drop the price. I understand it is the best current technology can offer, but c'mon.

    To those who don't condition the battery and then complain about the shabby life-span of the battery, it's not like you weren't warned. Maintenance is part of ownership. Complaining so is like complaining that your engine in your new car died at 30,000 miles even though you never changed the oil. Doesn't make it less of a pain and doesn't make the batteries last longer (they still are overpriced for something that will not last the expected usable life of the computer), but it does take away your right to complain.

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great while it lasted, which wasn't very long...

    • Written by from Gig Harbor

    After only 199 cycles, my battery status is "Replace Now" and it does not hold ANY charge. Just last week my battery would still last 2-3 hours, and suddenly I'll plug it in and it says "Not Charging".

    Love the computer, used to love the battery, but I'm going to test my luck w/ a non-OEM battery this time around.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Work

    • Written by from Port Moody

    Apple has to pull up their socks on their battery issues concerning 1st generation macbook's. I understand there are limitations to charge duration, but the failure of the battery altogether is preposterous. No rechargable battery fails faster.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    bad battery

    • Written by from Cocoa Beach

    I have 3 MacBooks all 2 - 3 years old, now the battery in one is bad, completely dead, its the one in my wifes computer, she took great care to let the battery discharge completely before she would charge it again, and then charge it completely and so forth, the other 2 were treated with no regard to battery level or preformance, those 2 still have decent battery life, 1.5 - 2 hours light useage, go figure. now, I'll have get a new battery for her one? 1 in 3 ain't bad I guess.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    totally disappointed from this battery

    • Written by from San Francisco

    ive got my macbook(that i love him so much) before 3 years ago.. & in the last year its gonna crazy the battery just fall apart all the plastic in the battery just going out .. & then half of my keyboard stop working.
    so im waiting 4 new macbook pros line to replace it .

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Book Battery

    • Written by from BLAIRSVILLE

    I've had my Mac Book for 4 years and this will be my third battery. I take great care in never leaving it plugged in beyond the actual charging (green) time and to drain it completely before re-charging. When the battery is new, I find that it does last for several hours at first but quickly has less and less charge time before having to re-charge. I have spent a fortune on this computer with new (2) chargers and (3) batteries and had to upgrade to Snow Leopard to even be able to access some of the newer things/software. But, I think that is just the nature of the beast. We can't live without them (not conveniently anyway) and we can't live with the high cost of keeping one around! Otherwise, I like my MAC.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Charged and Drain:Yet only 2 -2.5 hours

    • Written by from San Diego

    Honestly, I charged and drained my NEW battery as one of the reviewers suggested. Yet, the battery only lasted for 2 - 2.5 hours in normal use.
    As one of the the reviewers said, "yes we need it, no it is not great."
    Sorry everyone, but we are yet to see a long lasting laptop battery. :(

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love the mac book but dissapointed by it's powersources.

    • Written by from Rancho Cucamonga

    i have followed the directions about battery care including running it down and charging etc. but my first battery burned out, literally, after about 7 or 8 months. there were a couple of scorch marks on the bottom of the battery and the computer didn't recognise the battery, luckly it was under warrenty and it was simply replaced at my local apple store.

    18 of 25 people found this useful