• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    6 years later

    • Written by from Sheldon

    I've got an early 2009 MacBook. I don't have any horror story to tell about my battery quitting early. For about the last 6 months I've been aware that my battery isn't holding a charge the way it used to. I don't always get the warning from my Mac when the battery is getting low - if I'm not paying attention, it will just quit for lack of juice. It's hard to put $ into a new battery when the laptop is 6 years old, but for the most part it's still working well. So tough call. From other reviews I'm inclined to think I've had a rare experience with my battery and it's hard to expect a replacement to perform as well as the original, but may get me at least one more year out of this MacBook.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Battery Experience

    • Written by from FORT MOHAVE

    I've had my MacBook since 2007 and am still using the heck out of it. (I am also using the MacBookPro every day as well.) Just last year I forgot and left the MacBook plugged in several days while I was out of town and when I returned the battery was bulging. (I figured it was my own fault and I've been using the MacBook plugged in until I learned that replacement batteries are still available.)

    Thank you Apple for recognizing that you have a great product and keeping replacement parts available. I just ordered a replacement battery and am looking forward to more great service. I have been diligent about draining the battery before recharging it. In the future, if I will plug it in for extended use, i will remove the battery.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good battery

    • Written by from Richmond Hill

    I've had my macbook 13 in. white unibody since 2010, it still lasts about 2.5-3 hours, I've never had to change it, it says service battery but I don't plan on replacing it until it is absolutely necessary. I have about 77% life remaining and 600 cycles, pretty impressive I think. I do agree that you get the most out of your battery if you charge it and let it drain till below 5% before charging it up again and repeat.

    Also do charge it and drain to 0% the first time you use it.

    No complaints here.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5 Years Strong

    • Written by from Portland

    I purchased my Macbook in March of 2009 and five years later I'm still using the original battery. The condition does say "replace soon", but it went through 4 yrs of college with me- aka treated like garbage. Battery now only last about 1.5 hr compared to it's original 6ish but after 5 years, I'll take it. Highly recommend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love MacBook

    • Written by from Friendswood

    Ok not sure why people are giving a 1 star...well actually READING their reviews I know why. It's USER error!!! Do you really thing a battery will stay charged 24/7/365 without plugging it in to FULLY charge that makes me LOL. Anyway I have had my MacBook 13" since 2008. That for those that cannot count is 6 years and guess what...my battery JUST NOW DIED!!! Ordered a replacement that should be at my house today. I must say I am very happy with all my Apple products and maybe those giving 1 star or 2 star should read instructions on how to care for you mac. BTW that is just MY observation ;)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook 13" Battery

    • Written by from Summerville

    I purchased my MacBook in 2007 and this is the first time I have had to replace the battery! I use my MacBook every day and love it!

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5 years, not too shabby!!

    • Written by from Spring valley

    I got my MacBook five years ago. I knew nothing (until today when I ordered a new battery) about the full charge-full drain for the battery in order to achieve optimal performance, and life of the battery. I plug it in when it get's below 5%, and unplug it when it's fully charged. I have five years of heavy wear on my MacBook, and this is the first "issue" I've had thus far. I am beyond pleased with the performance, and long life of my original battery, and looking forward to getting another 5+ years out of my new one!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Long life!

    • Written by from Peru

    I bought my Macbook in 2008 and am now just needing a new battery. It held great charge up until a few days ago when I was alerted to change it. Many people have complained about the supposed short life of these batteries, but if you dont know how to properly cycle a battery from Apple, it's your own fault. Charge to 100% then drain to about 5% before plugging it back in. Also, looking at the care instructions can help too. These products are great if you know how to use them.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    7 years, 1,133 cycles.

    • Written by from Oak Ridge

    I've had my macbook since late 2006, the battery has over 1,000 cycles, and it just recently died in the spring. I wish it didn't cost $130 to replace the battery, but you really can't beat a battery that lasts for 7 years.

    Like anyone will tell you, batteries in wireless devices should be fully charged, then fully drained to get maximum performance. If you can do that, these batteries will last without a doubt.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook early 2008 edition (white) 1336 Cycles!

    • Written by from Bridgewater

    Most people don't know how to diagnose a computer over the years and take care of it. However, I still understand that internal errors occur with no fault to the user. My computer is currently 62 months old and still holds an 88 percent charge. (Thats 4426 mAh compared to the design capacity of 5020 mAh). It's been through 1336 cycles and counting. At this point I feel like it will last forever, but I know that's not true. I came here to say I will be buying a new macbook soon and I hope I can mirror these results. Hopefully I didn't just get lucky and these batteries can really last over half a decade as mine did the first time.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A fine battery

    • Written by from Chicago

    I bought a refurbished Early 2008 Macbook direct from Apple in March 2009 and have been using the same original battery since then! 410 charge cycles and it's still functioning quite well.

    To the folks who are complaining in a _comments section_ about swelled batteries and poor experiences, should call Applecare immediately. Walk any swelled battery into an Apple store and most likely you'll get a replacement! Complaining here in this venue shows you'd rather complain then have the issue rectified by Apple.

    I bought a 3rd party version of this battery for friend's Macbook and there are a number of downsides (you might save some $ but it's not worth it):
    They don't fit properly (you might have to take an exacto to shave off plastic to get it to fit with the twist-lock in place!)
    They are light: obviously not taking advantage of the full enclosure
    Parts inside rattle: poor built quality, letting parts inside rattle around

    So the Apple 13-inch Macbook battery is solidly built and functions very well. Enough with the haters! Buy Apple Genuine!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    expensive but worked great.

    • Written by from Vancouver

    This battery lasted 6 and a half years before it finally stopped holding a charge. I just dont understand why it's $30 more than the battery for the aluminium MacBook Pro.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive battery

    • Written by from Washington

    After 1,667 battery cycles (and 5 1/2 years), my 13in. MacBook battery is finally dead. It took me through 3 years of law school, an entire keyboard (which had to be replaced because all the keys rubbed off), the Bar Exam, wedding planning, and 3 different jobs. A hard-working battery, if you ask me! Until just a few days ago, I could get about 3 to 4 hours out of one charge. Not too shabby. I only wish the mag-safe chargers lasted as long (I've had about 8 of those)!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4 yrs later and I'm finally replacing the battery

    • Written by from Bend

    I had no idea what was wrong with my macbook and the mouse pad button. I did some research...It was suggested that the problem was caused by a bulging battery. I took off the shell cover I had on the computer and sure enough, bulging battery!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing battery

    • Written by from Oxford

    As others said, this is a battery that will serve you well if you simply use it as you're supposed to.

    From the first day I got the battery, I charged it fully, let it get down to 15 or 20 percent and then charged it again. My computer is 55 months old, and the battery has had 1000 charge cycles and I still get 2.5 hours out of a charge. The battery health is at 82 percent. There's really nothing else to say.

    36 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I don't know what the fuss is all about

    • Written by

    People here are upset that their $130 battery doesn't work. It's not the battery that doesn't work, its the user. ALL Apple batteries inside ALL of their products require great care. Apple's Li-Ion batteries need to be charged to full cycle, and then drained all the way down to ≤ 5%. Only then do you get excellent performance. I've had my MacBook since August 24, 2007 and as of February 18, 2012, not only is the computer still doing pretty well for it's age, but is holding at an excellent 74% battery health after 1264 charge cycles. Apple says this battery is only supposed to last ~300 cycles under normal usage. You need to understand to use this battery ABNORMALLY. You need to buy it and charge it for a full 24 hours the first time you install it, drain it to 0%, charge it to 100% again, and then use it. Only charge the battery when the message appears. Don't listen to the other morons on this review page that complain about Apple's battery not working. Apple's products always work.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't trust the negative reviews...

    • Written by from Snohomish

    I have had my macbook for 4 years and just recently noticed the battery health was 48% so not even dead yet. It didn't have any problems with swelling but I bought a 2nd battery just because I want longer battery life (my old one was getting about 2 hours) now I can have 6 hours of battery life and a backup battery just in case. I don't see anything wrong with the Macbook batteries, and if you are too stingy to pay $129 for a battery how did you afford $1,000 or more for a Macbook? When I had a Toshiba, the batteries were more expensive than a Mac battery and that Toshiba computer only lasted 1 and a half years!! I love my Macbook and am very happy with the new battery :)

    35 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Years and -40 Degrees

    • Written by from NEWTON

    My first MacBook battery lasted me for over 4 years and 1800+ cycles before it went down to 80% capacity. I have been in Mongolia for 3 out of the 4 past years with the Peace Corps. This battery has been through a lot, including -40 degree winters. I couldn't ask for more than that. I got my replacement this week and look forward to the next 4 years.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple guarantees cycles NOT years of use

    • Written by from Albany

    IF you bought your laptop battery from Apple, it is guaranteed for a certain number of cycles NOT for a certain length of time. If your battery has problems, take it to the Genius bar and have it checked out. If you have a real Apple battery and it has fewer than the rated number of charging cycles then they will give you a new one for free. (Does NOT matter if your AppleCare has expired.)

    I have an old MacBook Pro and an old MacBook (both bought in 2007). Have replaced the Pro battery twice. The MacBook still has the original battery with 2168 cycles. iStat Pro says "Health: 87%", but I am going to replace the battery because it has begun dying too quickly at low charge.

    I keep the electrons flowing in laptop batteries by using the laptop without the power supply and then plugging it in when not in use. I never leave the power cord connected when fully charged.

    The battery life is not great. I got about 4 hours in the first year of using my MacBook and have gotten about 2.5 hours since then.

    The Pro battery is not good, but if you get it to a Genius at first sign of a problem, you might get a free one. The MacBook (non-Pro) battery is great if you treat it right.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was afraid of Apple

    • Written by from arlington

    For decades I was a pc guy. Not anymore. You get what you pay for. My 2008 macbook is on 784 cycles and is only recently starting to deplete faster. Still get a couple of hours.

    19 of 24 people found this useful