• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey, less powerful, but well made.

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    Let's be honest - $130 is a lot to pay for this battery, especially given Apple's tainted reputation with their notebook batteries. Still - the unibody MBP uses a 50 watt battery, whereas the previous gen had a 60 watt - and lab tests show the battery life in this model has declined. A single battery is not an option for power users.

    This battery comes with an attatchable plastic cover. It's likely because the battery has two centimeter-wide jutting elements that could be easily broken off in a gear bag. I like this, though - because it will also stop dust from touching the metal contacts on the battery.

    You pay to play when you go with an Apple notebook. It's expensive, and I don't expect to get more than two years of use from it - but it's still a solid piece of gear.


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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook Pro Battery

    • Written by from Hoboken

    Only now my battery isn't working, well it does work, but it exploded beyond its normal size and does not completely fit anymore - first expense on this computer in four years ownership. It still retains 6 hours of charge -

    Overall the computer has been mostly great and reliable - had a video card issue in the very beginning, but apple picked it up, repaired it, returned by Fed Ex overnight - had the computer back the next day - no charge.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Help for bad batteries

    • Written by from burlington

    My battery has gone through EXACTLY 4081 full load cycles, and it is 132 months old. It is running at 5% capacity, with 329mAh out of 5500 mAh.

    Im not sure what Apple receomends to maximize your battery, but the ones that dont know about the battery technology:

    Batteries for sot advanced laptops are Lithium-ion, which is fairly new in this feild because of their instability issues. Ofcourse this is fixed with stronger casings and proper charging protocols.

    Anyhow, this battery type is extremely sensitive to how you charge it. For the iphone (same battery type), Apple suggests keeping it plugged in as much as possible. This is because, once a Li-Ion battery dies 100%, it stays dead. And when it dies near 100% it is very bad for the battery. The reason I mention this is because its much different than the more well known lead acid batteries, which are not only longer lasting, but last longer if you completely discharge them, and recharge them.

    For a better way of knowing your batteries life and capacity, download coconutbattery

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works

    • Written by from Houghton

    The product itself needs 5 stars because it's the exact battery you need for MBP Late 2008 and, so far, it's working fine.
    I am taking out a star since I am not happy with the fact that the same battery (that came when I bought my MBP) became swollen. Be aware of that.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent battery but dies off quickly and erratically towards EOL

    • Written by from Paterson

    This is a standard battery for the older MacBook Pro's. To the people complaining about not getting 8 hours of battery life, you are confusing different models. Up until at least late 2008, the MacBook Pro's had removable batteries which lasted 3-4 hours (2-3 more realistically). Apple never advertised these as having 7-8 hours. The newer models with the non-removable batteries are capable of lasting 7 hours, give or take an hour. The fact that these newer models have much larger internal built-in batteries is the reason why they last that long.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    In my opinion

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    Once upon a time i believe I heard that these batteries can hold a charge longer than the original ones in 2008, which is my main reason for ordering one. I never got much time out of my battery but i also used my mbp constantly and intensively on high performance mode. i got about a two hours the first month then i never got more than an 1:30. just these past couple months my battery would only last for about 30 minutes. my battery got power cycled at least 3 times a week just from use, never on purpose, and usually more than once in a day. 830 cycles... id say i got good use out my 4 years, especially with how much i used it. never had any swelling either.

    i think that most people probably leave their macbook charged all the time. thats not how batteries are supposed to be used. at least let them drain to 20% before you charge them again. if you leave your macbook plugged up all the time, what's the point of a battery? if you aren't using you macbook, dont charge it... keeping the battery charged with minimal use could definitely cause swelling... if i don't need it for a week, i don't charge it until i need it again. don't get me wrong, i leave mine plugged up sometimes for extended sessions but thats it.

    i would like it to hold a charge for longer but thats the case with any battery. time to see if this battery is actually different.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    38 months

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    I use my macbookpro daily. Plug in numerous times a day plus have extended times without plug in. This battery has lasted 38 months. It's now dead. Only had reduced time on the battery in the last 6 months. Pretty darn good for a rechargeable and FAR better than anything I ever had with all my HP laptops over 15 year period. Glad I switched.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    BAttery life kinda sad, but there's an obvious solution...

    • Written by from Butler

    Batteries, along with everything included in the box are covered under the protection plan. Did i go through 2 batteries? Yes. Was it a completely free swap out when I visited the store (the first time) and called apple care (The second time)? Absolutely.

    Lets be smart here folk.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't last more than 18 months, but...

    • Written by from Edmonton

    My MacBook Pro is 18 months old and the battery started failing about a month ago. To be honest, my battery life management is pretty bad so I kind of expected it. I just rolled into an Apple store and they ran a diagnostic confirming my suspicion that the battery was dying, but not totally dead. What's terrific is that the Genius Bar guy replaced the battery for free under warranty - which is technically expired. Terrific service and this will keep me coming back to Apple for products for a long time.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't complain

    • Written by from Athens

    I have been reading all these bad reviews for the MBP battery pack and honestly I couldn't disagree more. Beside the fact that it is a bit costly (130dollars? com'on! I would say 90dollars would be reasonable), the battery did well all these years. I am sure people have different experience, although on my previous PowerBook I had also a good battery experience; I changed the battery once on the fourth year, half a year before I got my MBP.
    I bought my MBP on Oct 2008, just a few days after the redesign model launched. So since the beginning of Nov 2008 I have been using my computer every single day, mainly as a desktop replacement. Just for you to get an idea, the iStatNano widget (I really don't know how accurate it is) shows 1232 cycles and 74% health. I have to say that the health was around 90-95% all these years and has been falling the last month noticeably.
    I have been unplugging my Mac everytime it reached 100% (or 99%, sometimes it never got to 100) and plugging it in after the "battery running low" notification (it is extremely easy to do so with the magsafe). Other than that I didn't take any extra care.

    Will I buy a new battery? Well, my MBP is kind of old, a friend of mine has the 2010 model and it really goes superfast (i5/7 chip vs the core 2 duo.. huge difference).

    I will probably get a third party battery till the (much anticipated) new MBPs are launched end of 2012 or early 2013. Apple is definitely losing some clients with that kind of pricing.

    PS I am really curious of how much it costs to all these people who own the "non-user replaceable" MBPs to get a new battery pack..

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery life

    • Written by from Seattle

    We've had mixed success but have not been dissatisfied. We bought our MBP in 2006, since then we've had two new batteries, but Apple replaced both of them for free. Once we were, told at the retail store, to let our battery discharge completely once each month but it was okay to leave the Pro tethered to the power cord as the MBP would automatically switch from DC to AC when the battery was full. We've also been advised to leave it untethered and plug it in only to charge because after a finite number of charging cycles the battery life would decrease. Throughout all this, we've had the same AC power adapter, which finally went TU today. The battery life was better while the machine was newer and we were leaving it plugged in. Too many variables to tell what is the "right" thing to do, but h*ll it's been five years on this MBP, and we've not spent any money on it -- other than applecare. So, were not dissatisfied, even as I'm on my way to buy another AC adapter and battery or . . . a new Mac Book Pro.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love the guy who had "a complete meltdown"

    • Written by from belleair

    I had the same issue with my iphones and the dumb batteries. That is priceless...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine

    • Written by from rochester

    Other people may say that the battery life isn't perfect but I say that its outstanding considering the fact that I'm still on the original battery after two years and over 885 cycles. It still holds well over two hours of charge. The battery is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good

    • Written by from Madison

    Despite all the negative reviews you really can get a lot of years out of these batteries. I had my MBP with the original battery for over five years and was still getting between 2-3 hours of use out of it per charge. It finally started swelling a little and the trackpad stopped working so I just bought a new one.

    I work in a large education environment providing IT support. Yes, after enough time these batteries can swell. However, it's typically well beyond their expected life span (4-5 years in most cases) and no, Apple's batteries aren't unique in this aspect, we see it in the Dell laptops too.

    If you compare this to the new laptops you're going to be disappointed as you won't get as many charges and the battery won't last as long. However, if you compare it to it's competition at the time the laptop was made (remember these were released in 2008) they were very good. And when you install enough RAM and an SSD, the machine is still pretty usable...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 5 YEars

    • Written by from chesapeake

    I have a 2008 MacBook Pro 15". I am finally replacing the battery on it. I don't know what everyone is complaining about. This Battery has lased 5 deployments and a 7 foot drop. SO i love it!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What are all the gripes about?

    • Written by from GAINESVILLE

    I'm not sure how different people are using there battery, frequent partial drains, incomplete full charges or what. I'm not a super-concientious user but I do try to keep my machine plugged in when possible and am very impressed with the consistency of the battery life (relative to past Dell's) and endurance. CoconutBattery 2.6.6 application says that my battery is at 97% of it's original capacity after 11 months of use and 94 load-cycles. Not bad in my opinion.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    so far it's okay

    • Written by from Marseilles

    I have gotten a MacBook Pro that was released late August of 2008 and so far, the battery of it was fine. At first it did last long as 7 or 8 hrs... and that's just surfing the internet with music playing. My screen is dimmed to the lowest setting and when it's dark and they lit up very brightly once another light source is turned on and I had to lower its brightness back down to 1 notch. Only time I end up draining the battery easily is when I play a game like TheSims3, that takes a lot of power to play even Spore does that too. WoW, it's fine. This MacBook Pro that I gotten was from a school that bought the MacBook Pros because the students are require to have one if in graphic design or something else. Other degrees uses windows laptops. I was impressed that this lasts much longer than a windows laptop since most at the time only stay on up to 2.5 hrs to 3hrs max. Now I'm not sure, I really do want to keep this one alive its just that once in awhile, with 24 or 27% of life is left as it discharges, it just dies instantly. It's either the battery isnt well or its the firmware of the hardware in the macbook pro. I check on my battery's life by using an app called coconutbattery. designed for macbooks and macbook pros to give you the life of your battery and stuff. It's just odd that it suddenly shuts itself off with 54 mins left of battery run before it needs to be charged again. It doesn't happened often just once in every 3 or 5 months it does that. Honestly I really like my macbook pro and I grew up with apple computers until 7th grade when I was force to use windows which still not fond of. OS of the mac sure has changed since I used apple ii as a kid. Anyhow, it still runs long and strong for me to this day. ^__^

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