• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Like you even have a choice

    • Written by from Dedham

    I love seeing 5-star reviews for this thing. Here is the truth: the MacBook battery is big, heavy, and will only get you an additional 2-2.5 hours of battery life under normal usage. Yeah, you need one. No, it is not great.

    3042 of 4206 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok until it dies

    • Written by from Gainesville

    Mine was fine until about one month after the year's warranty when it suddenly went dead without warning. In my opinion, this is defective! I never had this problem with my previous lap top. Before that its performance was fine but long performance was not my main requirement, portability was. My son bought a new black MacBook and his battery died in less than 6 months. What is Apple doing to fix this problem? It is fine to replace the battery free of charge the first year but what about someone like me whose battery fails at 13 months or someone whose battery fails for the second time at 14 months. Are you listening, Apple? You are usually very good at responding to user complaints.

    213 of 226 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacement again

    • Written by from St-Charles-Borromee

    It's been six years since I bought my Macbook 1.1, good laptop except for the battery. Today I have to buy my 3rd battery replacement. Four batteries in six years is not a good ratio at all.

    178 of 203 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    great computer - short battery life

    • Written by

    I love my Apple MacBook but I am quite disappointed that after only ten months my battery has died. The battery indicator shows that it is fully charged; however, I can no longer run the computer on battery power. Very weird. Hopefully the Apple Store will be able to help solve this issue.

    166 of 185 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Genius Bar says bulging battery normal sign of wear

    • Written by from Greenville

    I have an early 2009 MacBook. When I took the alarmingly bulging battery into the Genius Bar I was told this was normal and that the bulging is a "safety feature" to prevent explosion. I was then sold a $130 replacement. How is this not a defect?

    144 of 169 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook 13" White battery issues

    • Written by from Round Lake

    I've had a white 13" MacBook for about 3.5 years and all of a sudden the battery doesn't last for 5 minutes. Apple prides itself with good solid products. I like the Mac but they surely need to fix this battery issue. Its tough having to shell out $130 for a new battery every 3 years. My 5 year old Sony laptop still gives me 3 hours of battery time!!!
    C'mon Apple!

    114 of 128 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling a big problem

    • Written by from Austin

    Swelling happened suddenly with no warning. Cracked the case of my macbook. Went to Apple store, and the genius told me it was normal for batteries to swell after they died. He also said he had never seen a bloated battery crack frame. Looking at the reviews online, I don't think he was entirely honest with me.

    I do think it's sad that unless you can watch your battery on an hourly/daily basis it can mess up your computer. Apple needs to fix this before they can earn more stars.

    84 of 89 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling Battery!!

    • Written by from San Clemente

    Off to buy yet another battery, after spending a lot of money to replace another case for my macbook. So bummed, the battery swells and disables my track pad. Guess this is a known problem, yet no solution?! Very frustrating and disappointing Apple!

    74 of 76 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling battery

    • Written by from Pleasanton

    I noticed the white plastic cover coming loose from my MacBook. I thought it was from carrying it around in my backpack. After reading reviews here about swelling batteries I looked at mine and discovered the cover was coming off because the swelled battery was popping the cover off. And as other have pointed out, now it doesn't sit flat on a table anymore. Mine is a 2009 MacBook 13". Pretty disappointing actually ...

    71 of 78 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't let it fully drained for a day

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    It happened to me also.
    I left my MacBook in sleep mode when it was fully drained. I didn't charge it for a day.
    When I came back home, I noticed that it said "Replacement Needed"

    It's not due to its age. The lithium ion or polymer ( Isn't it lithium ion? ) batteries don't have memory effect as NiCd batteries. So, I think it is due to a chip on the battery. As far as I know every battery has chips on it to monitor charge level, temperature, etc. It seems to me that the chip is somehow malfunctioning if the battery is left drained for a day or two.

    Also, I can't understand its high price tag.

    69 of 76 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst reason to have a problem...

    • Written by from Smithtown

    I've had my battery for three years now and it has worked perfectly. I've waited until its fully dead before charging it, and keep my backlight lower to get good life out of it. And then one day, after not using my computer for two or three days, I pug it in and turn it on only to realize that it will not hold a charge. Apparently, when you don't charge/use your battery for more than 48 hours, it dies completely. As in useless. Dead. It's seriously irritating. I wish someone would have told me about this flaw sometime sooner because now I'm out 130 bucks.

    69 of 79 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Watch out for swelling problems.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    My first MacBook battery swelled to the point where it rendered the trackpad inoperable and my MacBook would not sit flat on a table. After two years and less than 100 charge cycles, I had to get a replacement. I'm currently on a replacement battery and I can report that it seems to be holding up well, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    58 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't let it sit! Design flaw...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Left macbook behind for vacation. Returned three weeks later. Battery had died and will not charge anymore. Found out I should have taken it out before leaving. Didn't happen with my PC laptop...ups!

    $130 for an Apple product is a good hit. Get your credit card ready. Meanwhile enjoy reading the five star reviews on this item...

    60 of 68 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really short life span

    • Written by from Atco

    My first battery (that came installed in the Macbook 13in from late 2008) lasted me just over four years. I bought a new one and had to replace the wall adapter as well back in February or March 2013. I has been just 11 months now and the battery is already saying 'replace now.' A charge lasts me only about an hour and a half if I have my Macbook unplugged and running on the battery only.
    For $130 the battery should be a lot better than it is, though I am glad that Apple offers free shipping.

    60 of 69 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad batteries

    • Written by from Lacey

    I have owned two Macbooks for the last 2 years, and the batteries have died in both of them. No warning (gradual weakening), just death. The batteries refuse to charge, and even when plugged in, the batteries seem to drain sometimes. I have always been impressed with the quality of Apple products, but the batteries they use for their Macbooks are terrible. The icing on the cake is how expensive the batteries are too... 130.00 dollars for something that won't even go 18 months?

    57 of 63 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 3 years, but falling apart?!

    • Written by from El Cerrito

    This is ridiculous, Apple. I've replaced the charger 6 times, and now the battery is swelling to the point that the plastic cover is being pushed out of the computer?! I have to buy a new one because I can't stand this anymore/it's uneven when placed on tables/it's potentially dangerous, but it's a little ridiculous that I have to pay this much money for a new battery. Just ridiculous.

    50 of 54 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Norman

    I have had this battery for 1 year almost exactly. The darn thing has already crapped out!! Now, I have to buy a new one.

    One good thing is how long the battery lasts without having to be recharged though.
    ...but one year??

    63 of 80 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It is very sensitive

    • Written by from Ottawa

    If you let it discharge and do not use it for a week or two it may never charge -- read the forums.

    45 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sneak Attack...of FAILURE

    • Written by from Westerville

    I am just beginning my junior year of college and purchased my 13" macbook just before my freshman year so I have owned this computer a little less than two years. I follow the instructions concerning fully charging/depleting the battery and just last week my battery held a full 2.5-3 hour charge. Now, after letting my battery run itself out last night it is in a complete state of uselessness.

    The alert next to my battery says "(Not Charging)" "Replace Battery Now" and I can run off of nothing but wall power. As a student I cannot take my laptop to classes or use it in a professional setting without a charger (for which there is not always an outlet).

    This warning is not so much for the battery as the Macbook itself. Because while I don't like what has happened, we cannot help purchasing another of these batteries because that is what's compatible with our laptops.

    However, any purchasing an already expensive Macbook be cautioned! You will have to replace the battery...SOON! Great while it lasts...which isn't very long.

    66 of 91 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor battery life- demand a new one free!

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    After 12 months of owning my MacBook the battery went dead- one of the corners was yellowing and looked defective. Demanded a new battery at my local Apple Store and the Genius Bar rep gave it to me! 2 stars for giving me a free one, but really poor battery design that should be fixed. ALL MacBook owners should be re-issued new batteries at no expense.

    44 of 48 people found this useful