• 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook revived

    • Written by from Kennesaw

    So my original battery lasted quite a while before not taking a charge. Ordered this and happy to be mobile again. I would give this 5 stars if not for the following issues:

    Arrived with a crack on the casing, on the lip of the battery.
    Price is steep.

    Overall I'm just happy I have my laptop mobile again.

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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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable - if you know how to care for it

    • Written by from Dorchester

    Bought my 13" Macbook in 2009 - still have the same battery, but now it only lasts about one hour (on low screen brightness). That seems pretty reasonable - 5 years of use and it now needs replacing at $129. But I WISH the instructions had been more clear from the start about how to use the battery so that its optimal health is maintained. For some reason, my computer no longer warns me when the battery is low - it just shuts off without warning. Let's see what a new second battery does for it.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Downfall of a great computer

    • Written by from Asheboro

    I bought two MacBooks, mine a late 2006 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo bought new from the apple store and a second one for my mother for a Christmas gift. Hers was a 2007 model with the same specs. They have both been great computers other than the batteries. First my mother's battery started to bulge. It had gotten so bad by the time she told me about it that it ruined the track pad button and it had to be replaced along with the battery. I replaced hers with a NewerTech aftermarket battery primarily because the Apple OEM battery was on backorder at the time. I purchased a replacement top case from eBay and replaced it myself.

    Not long after this mine started to swell also so I replaced it with a genuine Apple part and did so before it had a chance to damage the computer. It is important to note that both batteries still held a great charge when they failed from swelling. A couple of years go by and my mom's NewerTech battery started to swell just like the factory battery did. I ordered another replacement from the Apple store and it is doing fine. Now my battery which appears fine says "Service Battery" and discharges at a rapid pace (about 45 minutes per charge). I don't know what the problem is with these batteries but there is definitely a problem. I purchased a new MacBook Pro with Retina display earlier this week. I don't know what I will do about the MacBook battery but I suppose I will continue to use it until it swells or dies.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good price at the store

    • Written by from Katy

    If you let Apple replace the battery at the store, it is $99 instead of $129. The warranty is only 90 days, but it is worth the $30 savings.

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  • 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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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality battery, Short lifespan

    • Written by from Brentwood

    My experience is similar to that of many others on this forum. The battery that came with my late 2007 Macbook (model 3,1) lasted a solid 4 years, at which time I replaced it because it started to bulge and affect the use of my Trackpad. My first replacement purchased in April 2012 died after 3 months, and the second replacement, covered under warranty, has died after 1 year. Today, the Mac Genius offered a replacement for $130, but after the experience of having 2 batteries die so quickly, I will forgo the purchase of another Apple battery and look for a more reliable 3rd party alternative.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just adding my two cents

    • Written by from CHICAGO

    I have been reading all the reviews and I have been having the same problem as others. I have had my mac since 2008 and really haven't had much problems. I had one problem in 2009 where my screen wouldn't work but Apple fixed it for free. I now have the battery problem, where there's an X in the battery and it has to remain plugged in all the time or it won't work. That was a year ago. It didn't bother me much until my new boss told me I have to bring my own laptop to work. Now I must purchase a new battery and I am not happy about spending $130 on it! C'mon Apple, help your loyal customers out!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great......big price tag

    • Written by from Miami

    I bought my Macbook in March 2008 and after five glorious problem free years with my trusty notebook, I am just now having to replace the battery. I was surprised to read reviews saying the battery failed after just 18 months. I work on the road as a traveling consultant. My early 2008 Macbook gets vigorous daily use and has been bumped, banged, dropped and literally slid across a floor for 27 feet once but it's still completely functional and the battery had never failed until just this month in June 2013.
    Nothing electronic lasts forever, but for a notebook battery to last 5 years is great in my opinion. I'm not happy about the $129 replacement cost but hey, it's Apple and we're all aware that they're not known for being inexpensive.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Denmead

    This battery hasn't lasted long at all, my first one lasted about 4 years, and this one has lasted 5 months!

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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.

    19 of 29 people found this useful

  • 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!

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Clinton

    The battery didn't last long and it swelled so much it protrudes about an 1/8" in the center.

    46 of 59 people found this useful