• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I would just like to say....

    • Written by from MOUNT STERLING

    that the battery on my brand new macbook also died within 5 months of me buying the laptop. Now, I calibrated the thing just like the manual said, so no excuse there. And like everyone else, my battery died with no warning and no excuse. I think that when a company has this many people have the same complaint about a product, they should replace it or do a recall. And even if they don't read the reviews here, they know about it, as I know others have complained. I love my macbook, but it's battery is junk. Please, Apple, we would all appreciate some kind of response to this problem.

    2069 of 2349 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Love It

    • Written by from Westfield

    I bought a second one because I need it for long trips. I love it. BTW. If you need to replace your old one tehn call apple and tell them that your battery isent working well. They will send you a free one but you have to send them your old one back or you will be charged.

    1368 of 1613 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just as good in black....

    • Written by from Hopkins

    The black battery seems to work quite well. It is identical to the battery that comes with the black Macbook and seems to work just as well. Although not charged right out of the box, it takes a few hours of patience. By alternating the batteries, they last longer as well. Another Apple critique claimed that the batteries should be switched around every week. Seems to last around 2 to 3 hours. Maybe more depending upon your energy savings. I recommend this as quite essential.

    536 of 750 people found this useful

  • 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.

    153 of 165 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Battery Failure

    • Written by from BROKEN ARROW

    I love all my Apple gear (MacBook, iPod, iPhone, Airport Extreme, etc) except the battery in my MacBook. Like some others in this column, I am receiving my 3rd battery in 10 months. So far Apple is standing by their product (Service and Support have been the absolute best of any computer company on the planet), but it remains really inconvenient to have a battery just DIE after 4 months of use. I almost want to buy a spare battery, but I'm afraid to. It's reliability would probably be just as questionable. Then if they figure out what the problem is and fix it, I'd be stuck with 2 bad batteries. I wouldn't mind getting a spare if they weren't so undependable. Like I said, I love all my Apple gear and have plans to transition my office network to Apple exclusively, but these MacBook batteries are........ just plain junk.

    159 of 186 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.

    147 of 164 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    These batteries are garbage

    • Written by from Iowa City

    WARNING: NEVER LET YOUR BATTERY GET TOO LOW. CALIBRATING IT COULD CAUSE IT TO DIE FOREVER. These batteries are really meant to be temporary power supports between charges and are not meant to be run down. I am now on my 3rd battery...these things are bad. But what can you do? The computer is worthless without a battery. However, Apple should be embarrassed. This is a ubiquitous problem which Apple has failed to properly address. I love apple products and will continue to buy, but their batteries are terrible.

    109 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    There needs to be full disclosure

    • Written by from SANTA BARBARA

    How much money is Apple making from replacement batteries? Are they compensating for the losses because they finally got around to making a decent power supply (Magsafe) and we don't have to keep replacing those? My battery was fine for about 4 months, but now I can't trust it to endure more than 45 minutes.

    If I could I'd give it less than 1 star because it's not fair to the consumer when we are not informed that it won't be covered by the $300-plus warranty.

    126 of 152 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Newport News

    I don't understand. I bought my black MacBook back in 2007 and finally had to get a new battery for it last November... and this new battery already needs to be replaced. How irritating.

    99 of 109 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Let this battery discharge

    • Written by from Winter Park

    My Macbook Battery died about a year after I got the machine. I let the battery completely discharge (including the reserve charge). Be careful with these batteries and make sure you don't completely discharge this battery. Turn off your machine and plug it in if you're not going to be using it for a while. Any battery will lose charge overtime. If you leave the batter with only a little charge, it can lose what it has left. On the plus side, it looks nice. :-)

    95 of 109 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My travel savior

    • Written by from brooklyn

    It's basically going to give you the same span of time your old battery would when brand new. It's a wonderful companion and easily makes watching DVD's on long trips an even longer pleasure, since you only get about 2-3 hours even with a dim screen. Since batteries start to die after so many charges and discharges, i like to keep track of which battery actually came with my macbook, so i labelled one so that when i'm not travelling, i wont constantly eat away at the life of the new battery, sparing it the faster death we all put upon our stock batteries.

    122 of 164 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Coronado

    Everyone must remember, when your computer battery reaches 200 cycles then the life will start to decrease. When it hits 300 cycles, then your battery life will be diminished. Hence time to replace it. I've had my original batter for 2 years now without replacement. Keep it plugged in all the time and don't let it rack up battery cycles so quickly. You save money in the end.

    92 of 108 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't leave your Macbook unplugged in sleep mode for too long

    • Written by from Maple Ridge

    ...or you'll be buying a new battery. Seriously, it will kill your battery if you're gone for more than a few days and it runs dead. Mine was fine until I went away for ten days with my unplugged computer on sleep mode, and now it's shot. Forums out there have others complaining about the same issue. This is the Achilles heel of the Macbook!

    71 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Last about 6 months...

    • Written by from KATY

    I had to get a replacement battery for my MacBook. It was about 6 months before the battery would barely hold a charge. On a full charge, the battery would die after 2 hours. Now, the battery won't charge. Ridiculously expensive for such a shoddy battery.

    74 of 82 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After chat with Applecare -here's tip for battery life

    • Written by from New York

    Last night I noticed that my laptop wasn't charging and even though it was at 15%, the green adapter light was on. So I called Apple care. If this happens to you, you can try shutting down computer, taking battery out, hold down power button for 10 seconds, put battery back in and see if that works, it did for me immediately. Phew!

    Also, there were a few comments about whether or not to keep the charger plugged in or take it out until the charge is low. The nice guy at Applecare stated it is better to keep the charger in as much as you can because that issue was with older MACbooks but is no longer.

    I've had a few issues since buying the MAC but the customer service is amazing both in store and out - totally worth the switch from PC. Now if Apple would just move the button to close a window to the right side! : )

    76 of 88 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    That, Mr. Apple, is not consumable, it is broke.

    • Written by from Rockledge

    Macbook is great, love it. Battery is miserable. My perfectly good and hardly used 13 month old battery died a couple weeks out of warranty. Never had a laptop battery suddenly die before. Remember when batteries just faded away? Not any more, now we have electronics in there so it can break before it wears out.

    Apple told me that the battery is considered a consumable. Only, you know what, it didn't consume, it just plain broke. Consumable is like no ink left or brake pads wearing out, not when it instantly stops working.

    That, Mr. Apple, is not consumable, it is broke.

    82 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible battery.. terrible product

    • Written by from Montreal

    My battery died suddenly.. One day it worked, the next my mac wouldn't run unless it was plugged in, and the OS wouldn't even recognize a battery was connected.

    You might as well buy a clone for half that price to replace it.. I doubt the clone battery could be any worse then this one.

    Shame on you apple.. my Dell PC battery lasted 3 years, and still gives me 3 hours of run time!! And the PC is abused/used 10 times more then that pretty little mac.

    72 of 84 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible quality

    • Written by from Huntsville

    I purchased this battery a little over 6 months ago, it now holds a charge for at best 1 hour. I have done everything I was suppose to as far as calibration, but the quality of this replacement battery is extremely substandard for Apple. The battery also runs extremely hot, so beware if your one who likes to sit with your computer directly on your lap.

    60 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of...

    • Written by from evans

    I love the MAC products and have been faithful since I got my first g4 with not one problem in my 8 years of owning it. got the macbook pro and 1 year, two weeks in - the battery died. No more warranty. I went to the shop to get it fixed - and the guy tells me these Macs aren't what they used to be. They're mass producing them in C-h-i-n-a and the product has gone to p-o-t so big Steve can make more money. I'm disappointed in Apple's reliability. It has gone down the tube. Dood, I might have to get a D-e-l-l!

    124 of 195 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Charge

    • Written by from Wintersville

    This battery lasts about 2.5-3 hours on a good brightness level and moderate internet use...a little shorter if you are using games. Grabbing a second one would make sense for note taking, etc., because of the relatively short life of one...but overall a good investment. Nice little perk: you can press the button on the back of the battery to see about how much juice is left.

    71 of 89 people found this useful