• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery dies suddenly

    • Written by from Woodinville

    As written in other reviews, my battery worked wonders for about a year... Now the battery dies out suddenly even though the battery is around 50% charged. I agree that Apple should have a recall on these batteries. The difficult thing is that you still need to buy their rechargeable battery, there is no way out.

    152 of 164 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    If you let your macbook stay dead it WILL KILL the battery. Even 3 days!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Just an FYI-- my company has had to replace several batteries due to this. Apple replaced most of them for us under AppleCare. But whether or not you have a warranty in effect please heed my warning!

    Running your macbook battery down to dead or near dead, and letting it sit, discharged, for as little as 3-4 days WILL permanently kill your battery. This is not how the old PowerBook batteries were, and I don't know if it's something Apple can fix in the future. I'm just telling you, A. Don't let your macbook run all the way down, just in case! B. If you do run it all the way down, PLUG IT IN IMMEDIATELY! Or else you'll be on the hook for another $129. If you're not going to be using it for more than 2 days, make sure it has at least 1/2 charge and turn the power off -- not sleep! For even better results in periods of disuse, remove the battery and store it in a big ziploc bag in the fridge. Allow battery to return overnight to room temperature before use.

    146 of 163 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd Battery just died

    • Written by from San Jose

    I've had my MacBook Black for 5 years, and my 2nd battery had just bulged out. I bought the 2nd battery less than 2 years ago. I can't belive an Apple product is so inferiorly made that it only lasts on an average of 2 1/2 years. I was going to get a new MacBook, but I'm seriously reconsidering it.

    57 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    battery not charging

    • Written by from Edmonton

    I had my mac for two years. I went for vacation for 4 days and left my mac at home and after I got back, my battery won't be able to charge anymore.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Dead After Vacation

    • Written by from Zion

    After going on a vacation my battery died and was untethered for 1 week. After coming home I plugged the adapter to it and it said "NOT CHARGING" and that it needed to be replaced. I had a macbook for 2 years and never had a problem with the battery before it was stolen. I bought another macbook and had this one for 1 year. I love Apple products. I have a ipod, iphone, macbook. But I find it highly suspicious that this problem occurred to so many people with similar situations.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Normal but Expanding

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have a MacBook (Black) that's just over 2 years old. I hava no problem with my battery life. 498 cycles so far and still holding a good charge. The battery however is expanding. The genius bar told me I need a new battery, but why throw away an otherwise good battery. It's not good for the environment or the wallet.
    The expanding battery presses up against the logic board, the keyboard and trackpad; rendering them unusable. the curser jumps around, highlights text and erases everything you have input.
    Instead of taking Apple's advice and replacing the battery, I just use a piece of clear shipping tape to hold the battery in instead of locking it in. It's lame, but it's good for the environment and The battery works perfectly. I still get 2-4 hours on a charge.
    This is a defect in manufacturing. BTW Sys Profiler gives the battery a Condition: "Normal". The genius bar says it's dead.

    38 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead after 6 day vacation.

    • Written by from Blountville

    Upon returning home from a six day vacation I found my MacBook completely unusable without being tethered to the power charger. After poking around the web looking for a solution to the problem I learned that this is a common issue with Apple's MacBook batteries. If a batteries' charge passes below a critical point it cannot be recharged again, but for it to happen on only six days is unacceptable. On a number of occasions I've left my old HP notebook uncharged for over two weeks with no issues.

    35 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    battery health

    • Written by from Tempe

    I downloaded this neat widget called iStats Pro and it shows you exactly what percentage your current battery health is at, whether it be 100% (brand new battery) or 58% (my year old battery). The best thing to do is to keep it plugged when possible, rather then draining your battery and recharging it day after day.

    2 stars for a battery that I will eventually feed the beast 129$ of my hard earned dough.

    46 of 64 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery expending

    • Written by from Eidsvoll

    After almost 3 years and 125 cycles, my battery started to expend itself. The bottom of the battery almost fall down, its the plastic that cover the battery. The battery working fine, but will have to buy a new one, because I afraid that it can cause damage to the MacBook or catch fire.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook batteries die with no notice

    • Written by from Chicago

    How many batteries can I go through? I am buying my 3rd battery in a year. The macbook is great (I use 2), but the batteries leave a lot to be desired. The worst is that each time, the battery life seems to improve, just before it dies.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd baterry suddently died today

    • Written by from Red Deer

    Last year after almost 4 glorious years, I had to replace the battery for my black MacBook.

    Yesterday it was working fine and now it doesn't hold the charge anymore. Bad, since I can honestly say that this computer has been the best purchase in years and I do a lot or work on it.

    Don't know if I'd be willing to buy a new one without a guarantee that it will last at least what the first one lasted. I wish someone from Apple could help today because when I called last year, they could not.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just under the warranty wire

    • Written by from Portland

    My black MacBook battery just died out of the blue. Luckily I was still a couple weeks under the 1 year warranty deadline and had the battery replaced at a local Apple retailer.

    I think there's a problem Apple needs to address with the battery maker. I have read too many similar "dead MacBook battery" and "it won't charge" user reviews and comments in various forums.

    I have had 2 other Apple laptops and never had a battery failure like this. My dual USB 800MHz ibook still has its original battery and it works fine.

    Rest assured I have put a "Test MacBook battery" appointment in iCal for next November 7th 2009. 30 days before the new warranty expires.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Annoying

    • Written by from Amherst

    My battery was working perfectly before I left for vacation for two weeks. Now that I'm back, it says replace now even though it sat off and unused the entire time. Not really happy that I have to buy a new battery and I've only had my laptop for two years.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    BIG disappointment

    • Written by from Long Beach

    My MacBook was the first Apple product I bought - and I've stuck with them ever since. I love my iMac and other Apple products. BUT I was really disturbed how the battery just died out of nowhere. I've been using PC laptops for years and basically the battery would hold less and less until after a couple years it would give you maybe 10 minutes of time... but not die overnight! BTW, I followed all the syncing directions, everything. I'm kind of debating switching back to PC, at least for laptops. This is nuts.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook 13 inch rechargeable battery.

    • Written by

    I got my macbook about a year ago in december and the battery wore off by the time it was march and throughout december it had been working fine and januray and feburay the power would just go faster and faster, I took really good care of it and then my charger broke and I couldn't afford to get a new one so i didn't use it for four months and finally i got the charger and every time the charger comes out my power turns off right away. That can be VERY upsetting because I could be doing something important and it doesn't save. Plus on top of the sucky battery, It's also very expensive so I haven't been able to get a new battery. I rate the battery very poorly. But, Apple has amazing stuff, so i think one of their only probelms is the battery, maybe they will consider making it cheaper.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    need 3rd battery after 3yrs

    • Written by from Homestead

    I now need my 3rd battery and i've only had my laptop for 3 yrs. There is a serious problem with these batteries. Apple hasn't charged me for a new battery thus far, but i'm going in again for another one; I seriously doubt they'd replace it again for nothing. Apple really needs to take a look at these batteries; Recall is a good idea.

    12 of 16 people found this useful