• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't hold a charge

    • Written by from Burns Lake

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks these batteries work (like my vacuum) ...since I'm also being censored!

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple, I am just disappointed

    • Written by from Far Hills

    Come on now Apple. When I bought my Macbook 16 months ago, the battery was advertised as state of the art. The battery lasted no longer than a year before it completely died. The computer will not run on battery for more than 10 minutes.

    Based on the numerous similar reviews, this is not simple wear and tear, Apple. This should be covered! I am just disappointed!

    145 of 156 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Troubles

    • Written by from Houston

    My first battery lasted 9 months and was replaced under warranty.

    My replacement also only lasted 9 months (notice a theme yet?). Apple normally says the warranty on batteries is one year. When the replacement died they then tell me that they will not replace it. They say that it only has a 90 day warranty.

    Why does the same battery have a 1 year replacement at times and 90 day at other times? It's the same battery. Apple should stand behind their products the same. If someone has already had a problem once then not standing behind it the second time is not the smart thing to do. This is very frustrating.

    88 of 95 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    500 plus cycles and you are complaining??

    • Written by from Phoenix

    it's rated for 300, anymore is a bonus, I love all the people throwing up stats over 300 cycles and complaining. You'll get more use if u drain and recharge weekly, rather than rarely draining as u most do but it's only rated for 300 cycles and anymore is gravy now go buy a new battery

    17 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor life.

    • Written by

    I'm echoing basically the same thing I'm seeing on a lot of recent reviews. Have had the Macbook for 15 months and it now shuts down with about 45 minutes remaining on the battery. Even a full charge only lasts for about an hour. Shame that it has such a short life.

    Full charge capacity (mAh): 2064
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 505
    Condition: Replace Soon
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 1397
    Voltage (mV): 12267

    52 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    in 1 year the battery is dead

    • Written by from Bronx

    i wont even bother buying a replacement battery for this mac because it will be a waste of money the battery life is horrible

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely disappointed

    • Written by from Ashburn

    I've had my computer for one year and four months, and my battery only holds a charge for about an hour before shutting off. I used to get 8 hours of battery life, but recently it's been awful and even shuts down when it reaches 25% charge. I called Apple and they said it was just from normal usage, so it wasn't covered. Seeing all of these reviews saying the same thing disappoints me because I thought that Apple was a company that took pride in making good products worth standing by.

    A battery should last longer than a year, Apple. It's a shame that a leading technological company can't make a battery that works and lasts.

    32 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    battery is dead after 18 months

    • Written by from Ollers

    My battery died after less than 18 months. It now only works for about 5 minutes and then dies without warning. Completely unacceptable for a product I paid more than 1000 Euro for. See technical info below.

    The local service offered me a new battery (with only 3 months of warranty!) for 120 Euros. I think I will rather spend 250 Euro on a small no name notebook with 1 year warranty than running any more risks with Apple's inferior products.

    I switched to Apple 18 months ago but now regret it. Do not buy their products until they have recalled all their faulty batteries at no charge to their clients!

    Charge remaining (mAh): 2201
    Fully charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 2253
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 276
    Condition: Check Battery
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): -787
    Voltage (mV): 12234

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sussex

    Bought my macbook new and the hard drive lasted 1 year and the battery lasted 1 year 2 months. that is just disgusting. i have a 7 year old toshiba that i got and neither the battery nor hard drive has failed me, at any point.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from New York

    I have the same problem. My Macbook is a little over a year old. While I still have a 25% charge, the computer dies with no warning. When I start up, I have to plug in, and the usual start-up sound is absent. Does this mean I have to buy new battery?

    37 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple you can design better battery

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    This is my second experience with apple product which died right after my warranty expired. After 1 year, my Macbook's status bar started to show "Service Battery" warning and shut down without any warning. I took it to Apple Genius Bar and they told me that the decrease in my batter performance after 1 year is very normal, I should simply replace the battery (only $125!!!) and should get 1 more year of warranty.
    I dont think this is true even for lame PCs. But if this is really true its shame on apple that they can design aesthetically perfect products which does not last longer than warranty. Or their marketing strategy is to rip you over the battery or extended Apple Care. I was thinking about the iPhone 4 but now I will think a second and and even a third time.

    39 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor performance over time - Macbook battery

    • Written by

    Poor performance of this battery. Charges for about an hour. Have to be plugged in almost constantly! What's the sense of having a portable book if you're strapped to an outlet? Find a better way Apple.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor performance over time

    • Written by from Winston-Salem

    I have had my aluminum Macbook for just around 1 year. The battery now only maintains a charge for 1 hour, and there is not even warning when it is low - the computer just dies, causing you to lose your work (which is what led me to write this review). I do just what they say to do in terms of maintaining your battery life. And I do expect to lose some of the battery life over time, but one hour with no warning before it conks out is unacceptable.

    The only other time I have had this problem is when I used my old Mac G4 overseas and there were power fluctuations, which is really bad for your battery. But I only have used this computer in the US, so there is no reason for it.

    Really disappointed and now have to shell out another $124 for a new battery. Boo on you, Apple!

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Battery is Best to Pathetic...

    • Written by

    I have been using Macbook for last two years. For first 18 Months, battery life was coming to 3 to 4 hours. I was very satisfied. But Suddenly one day it stopped working. It is absolutely pathectic thing is that my battery was not charging 1%. it started to show 0% always.
    Normal batteries will show some signs of declining life time. But Apple macbook battery work well for some time and suddenly it stops working which clearly shows there is some terrible technical problem in the design of the product.
    If u dont have any option, then go Ahead and buy macbook Battery. It caused lot of inconvenices to me. In this matter, Dell and HP is far better. I would love to hear from other users

    54 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    My Battery, Speakers, and CD Drive are all going haywire!

    • Written by from Tallahassee

    Is this not normal?

    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 793
    Fully charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 816
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 213
    Condition: Check battery
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): -1068
    Voltage (mV): 12097

    I've only had my macbook for less than 2 years, and after being fully charged, it dies within 20-30 minutes after I unplug it (EVEN IF I ONLY USE A WORD PROCESSOR). And it's not like I don't treat my computer well. I turn off bluetooth, quit all unused apps, and put it at low brightness settings while setting the battery life to "better energy savings." I usually always charge it and try not to let it die. Since it won't even last 30 minutes without being plugged in, I can't even use it to type up notes for ONE period of class.

    In addition, the speakers stopped working because it continually thinks there is something plugged into the headphone jack. This first happened when I connected a brand new speaker to my laptop. You probably think I jammed it or something, but I did it gently (I treat my laptop like a fragile child). Afterwards, it would NOT play any sound when disconnected from the speaker. After searching this phenomenon on google, I found that tons of people have this same problem, and have been fixing it by poking around the jack with a MATCHSTICK. POKING? with a MATCHSTICK? Does it really come down to this, Apple?

    Like a fool, I tried the matchstick suggestion. It left me with a broken nail and a broken heart. And yet, no sound.

    Mainly, the battery life is the problem. I have not abused my computer and it's rapidly dying. For a period of time, it made crazy sounds (like continual sounds of a disc being inserted, repeated about 12 times) every time the computer turned on or awoke from sleep. What is this? I didn't pay $2000 to get nasty looks at the library because my Macbook started screeching.

    This problem randomly went away about a month ago. I'm afraid for what else is going to occur in my laptop's future.

    I have no warranty.


    30 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's still going on after 637 cycles @ 92%

    • Written by from Plano

    As an owner of an October 2008 Aluminum Macbook, I have to say that I've this battery longer than most people, adding to the credibility. To the review of this date, it's been 1 year and 7 months (or 19 months) since I've had the battery, and here are the stats:

    Charge Information:
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 3781
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 637
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 2063
    Voltage (mV): 11290

    It was only suppose to work after 300 cycles (which are full charge/discharges). 300 cycles is approximately 3 YEARS for the average user. As a college student & a techie, I use my battery alot and very well. I expected a dropoff of battery life right after 300 cycles, but nope! To this day, I still get approximately 3-4 hours, which I have the display on FULL BRIGHTNESS.

    In comparison, my original battery life was 4 hours to 4 hours and 45mins. If we do the math in terms of cycle count and time for the average user, my battery is AFTER 6+ YEARS (300 cycles = 3 years, so 637 cycles = 6+ years) only lost about 45 minutes of battery life.

    I can only imagine what the newer batteries of the Macbooks must be like. Apple produced quality products. Slightly pricy, but VERY WELL worth it.

    13 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery life too short

    • Written by from Distrito Federal

    When I got my MacBook one year ago I thought the battery performance would be much better, that it would really last longer. Indeed I have been very careful when doing full charges after completely emptying the battery, taking care of the display level and having all devices off when I use it, specially at school when typing in class. This has helped me to have after one year a 3-4 hours endurance, compared to the 5 hours I had initially using it on the same way. What I wanted to ask - and suggest if possible - is if there will ever be a new battery designed for this MacBook model, since the new batteries designed for the MacBook Pro family seem quite better. I don´t know if this performance depends on the battery technology itself or in the way the computer uses its charge. If the former, I would really appreciate that this new kind of batteries could be available for this MacBook model as well. Thanks!

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only 4 hours charge

    • Written by from IG

    When I bought this battery, I thought it would double my original (8 hour) battery life. Like it's advertised in here. But I only get 4 hours out of it. I'm really disappointed.

    29 of 61 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Used to be good...

    • Written by from Delran

    I was very happy with the battery for the first year. Now unfortunately I am only getting about 1 hour web surfing and 20-30 mins with any type of video. A battery should last longer than a year and 4 months in my opinion.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Daly City

    This battery is terrible. It does not last for many hours and after having my Macbook for only a year and 4 months, my battery is completely DEAD. Now when my computer is left unplugged it goes from 100% to 0% in, I kid you not, 5 minutes or less. Really? A dead battery after less than 1.5 years?! (and no, I'm not one of those people who leave the power cord in all day when it is at 100%. I take good care of my batteries.) I love Macs and hate PCs, but my old Dell Inspiron battery lasted me 5-6 years! The only upside to that laptop, of course. Apple, please get better quality batteries, I beg of you. I love my computer to death and it does not deserve such abuse!

    50 of 57 people found this useful