• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    VERY Disappointing Battery Life

    • Written by from New Palestine

    I thought I was getting a long life battery - don't they advertise 6-8 hrs? This one fully charged shows only 3:05 and in a real world test (six or seven programs open, no cd player use, playing iTunes and speakers only) I got only 2 hrs 30 min on the charge.

    811 of 1017 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Having to replace already....

    • Written by from McKinney

    I've had my Macbook Pro for a little more than a year and having to replace my battery already. I have done the drain thing every month like clock work. Now I'm having to payout $130 bucks for a new one. Overpriced and not worth it if I didn't HAVE to have it.

    674 of 784 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bloody Poor

    • Written by from Lowestoft

    I feel Apple should replace my MBP 15'' battery free of charge!!

    My MBP battery has developed a bulge which if you search google is an all to familiar problem.
    I originally thought my tracker was on its way out but it was the swelling battery stopping the tracker from pushing down!!
    And now my case has prised open because of the battery swelling.

    The battery itself holds a charge well and lasts for at least a couple of hours.
    This is a manufacturing defect and Apple should replace at their cost not mine.
    After all we pay a hefty premium for Apple build quality and this defect is not what I consider quality!!

    167 of 176 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook Batteries are pathetic

    • Written by from HILLSBOROUGH

    I'm a PC guy, but love Apple hardware...best in the business. So needless to say...when apple started putting Intel chips in their systems, I was thrilled. But that's not what I'm writing about here.
    I bought my first Mac back in April of 2007...right after I was hired to work at an ad agency...I figured I would need one for that job..and I did. So I bought a top of the line Macbook Pro 15" for $2500 + ...I loved the machine, but the one gripe I had from day 1 was that this laptop never held more than 2 hrs of charge...despite Apple's claims.
    A year later, Apple released their new unibody/aluminum Macbooks, and they were going out of their way to hype the new batteries...claiming that they lasted 6-8 hours on a single charge. So I picked up a new aluminum 15". I did everything Apple recommends to extend battery life. Ran it down to nothing...kept it in sleep mode for a few more hours....fully charged it. The while I used it, I turned off everything that drains battery life....dimmed my monitor, turned off bluetooth, turned off the keyboard illumination, and set the graphics for "better battery life"...The only thing I had on was the wifi.
    So here I am with a brand new Macbook Pro 15 and out of the box, I never got more than 2.5-3 hours...which was better than the old one...but nowhere near Apple's claims. I'm at about a year old on this machine now, and the battery may hold a charge for an hour if I'm lucky. This is with a cycle count of 204 and a condition of 'Normal'. I know if I bring this to the "geniuses" they'll tell me everything is within spec. So I guess I have no choice but to buy a new one.

    I absolutely agree with everyone here reviewing...despite my love for Apple hardware (these laptops are hands down the nicest computers on the market)...I'm done buying their products until they fix their batteries.
    I have a newer Air with the SSD and that never got the advertised hours. I also have gone through 5....yes..count them...five iPhones (3 first gen, and 2 new 3GSs). In the case of the iPhones, it was a battery problem every time. The first 2 were covered under a warranty. The third was out of my pocket....they charged me 70 bucks for a replacement phone. It still blows my mind that i can't just swap a battery out of an iPhone...once again...best phone on the market with one overwhelming flaw...no way to replace a battery.
    My new 3GS's battery died 3 months in. They wanted to run all kinds of tests at the Apple store, and I had a meltdown at the (so called) genius bar...caused such a scene that they just handed me a new phone because they didn't want a customer having a complete fit right there in their store.

    PLEASE APPLE...START PUTTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF EFFORT INTO YOUR BATTERIES THAT YOU PUT INTO ALL YOUR OTHER HARDWARE. YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE SICK OF THESE PROBLEMS...IT'S RIDICULOUS!

    150 of 166 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money or time

    • Written by from Madison

    I needed a replacement battery because my original will barely hold a charge. I read the reviews here and hoped they were wrong, they're not! I was careful to ensure I swapped them out correctly and gave it a full charge before each use. I also reset the power settings to factory setting. I also used "Clean my Mac" to make sure everything was ok.

    At 100% battery, reading email and using the internet I was at 10% power in 2 hours 20 minutes. My old battery works better than this one.

    Apple if your listening do something!!! I love your stuff we have 6 iPods, 3 iPads, 2 MacBooks and 1 20" iMac. I expect more quality than this...

    97 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disgustingly Horrible Notebook Batteries

    • Written by from Portland

    I've owned many laptops in my day as I'm a computer scientist that's constantly on the go for my company. I have to say, the worst experience I've ever had with batteries has been with Apple's MacBooks. I love my Mac... but completely despise their batteries. So much so that I'm almost tempted to switch back to a PC... honestly. I don't want to spend $130 every 6 months on an already expensive piece of hardware just to keep the battery life at a desirable state. I simply don't understand why Apple consistently chooses to cheapen their image by using batteries that fade away and die so incredibly quick. This is a pure indication of a cheap battery manufacturer. Apple, PLEASE, do yourselves a favor and easily correct this horrible reputation you have for batteries. It's simply not worth the negative publicity. People talk about it all the time when referencing your products. It's in craigslist postings, forums, reviews... the list goes on. Find yourselves a new manufacturer for the love of god. I've owned laptops that boast half of the battery life you claim to offer but last twice as long.

    I bought this Unibody MacBook Pro I'm using ONLY about 4 months ago and already the battery literally lasts about 2 hours if I'm lucky. It doesn't have to be this way... do it now. Go find a new manufacturer for your batteries. It's simple. Save yourselves from this negative publicity. It will come back to bite you in the rear end if you don't fix it. The solution isn't simply building your batteries into the laptop. I deliberately chose not to go with the built in battery version of the laptop because I know your batteries all too well... not only would I have to replace my battery in 4 months, I'd have to be without my laptop for a while. Learn from your competition... their batteries ACTUALLY hold a charge. As a company Apple does many wonderful things but I feel like they can also make some very stupid choices sometimes. I hope Apple eventually realizes how important it is in the consumer's eye to have a laptop that's actually portable because it has a battery than can hold a charge while still offering the option to swap it for long trips. Apple, don't take my word on it, talk to your customers and ask them what they think about your batteries.

    84 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    battery malfunction

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    My Macbook Pro battery is 18 months old and now not functioning, even when it's fully charged. When I unplug and run on my charged battery, the machine just shuts down. Obviously faulty but beyond the one-year warranty. Sad, Apple. Very sad.

    68 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed with the battery

    • Written by from Toronto

    My original battery went after 2 years & lucky for me I was still under warranty. Not so lucky the second time around. The second battery completely died after 10 months. Great laptop but NOT so great battery! With all the battery issues reported you would think Apple would do something about it!

    66 of 67 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Malfunction

    • Written by from Davenport

    My Macbook Pro is almost a year old and I can rarely leave it unplugged anymore. It will randomly shut down whenever it feels like it at any percent of charge. Like just now, this is my second time typing this out, because this laptop shut itself down at 81%. I use my Mac for everything, and I understand that there is some wear and tear that will happen on the battery.. but there is no reason this should happen after a year.. I'm extremely disappointed in the effort put into making better quality batteries. And of course, Technical support closed 30 minutes ago, so I can't even talk to them about how to get a new battery.. I really don't wanna pay $130 annually just to keep my Mac working, that's why I use Apple, because your stuff (usually) works. This is the first problem I've ever had and it's so frustrating. Watch your batteries Mac users!

    64 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Swells over time

    • Written by from West Hills

    It seems to be a well known phenomenon that these batteries swell over time. I was reassured at the Genius bar it won't malfunction and start a fire, though it looks uncomfortably plump. It holds a charge and works fine. However, related to its odd girth, it causes the bottom of my Macbook Pro to not sit flat and prevents the trackpad from clicking down. The Genius bar says the bloat is typical of aging batteries, though some grow more than others. Mine affected functionality of the Macbook Pro in an annoying way. The battery was out of warranty so I had to purchase another battery. I left feeling there was a high probability I'd have to purchase another in the future for the same reasons. I would say beware these batteries, but there isn't really an alternative.

    70 of 78 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad battery design

    • Written by from San Diego

    I don't get all the Apple fanatics defending poor Apple from bad reviews. I am an Apple user and have been for a long time, but this battery is just badly designed.

    I have had my MBP since October of 2008. I mostly use it connected to the wall. I don't even care much how long the battery lasts, but this is the first time in my life I have seen a product that forces you to get a replacement battery because the swelling makes the trackpad unusable.

    It's one thing to complain about a battery not holding charge. That's understandable and happens to all batteries after a while. However, I have had laptops for years, then passed them to my mom and dad, and the batteries are still OK. Sure, they don't hold much charge, but they also don't force you to change them if you are OK with 45 minutes without being plugged in.

    It doesn't matter if you have been a MBP user for 3 years and you think your machine is the best thing since slice bread. Reading these comments makes it obvious that a LOT of people are having the same problem I'm having, and that is just a bad design. If 5% of the batteries swell, then the design should accommodate it, or Apple should replace those at no cost.

    59 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst yet

    • Written by from Chicago

    I brought my macbook pro 9mths ago and at this very point my battery only holds a charge of up to 30mins. I just brought a new one and it only has about 4hrs of charge in it. I love Mac but the batteries are just horrible.

    I got an HP that hold a until almost the end of the day. They need to do something about their batteries.

    60 of 63 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Swelling issue

    • Written by from Forest Hills

    In spite of the reputation, Apple's batteries (largely due to the software that controls the battery, not the battery itself) last far longer than batteries in typical PC laptops. After several years, my battery will still give me 2-3 hours of life in my Mac.

    But I have the same issue that DB has. My battery swells and it interferes with the operation of the track pad. When I first turn the machine on, everything is okay, but as the battery heats up, it swells and then the trackpad doesn't work properly.

    Personally, and even though the machine and battery is out of warranty, I consider this to be a defect and IMO, Apple should give some credit towards a new battery.

    55 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very short battery life

    • Written by from Mount Vernon

    I have had my MacBook for about 20 months. From shortly after I bought it the battery would last a maximum of 2 hours. At this point it is down to about an hour. Does anyone know of a battery, other than the one sold by Apple, that will do a better job in this machine?

    58 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The only reason

    • Written by from Euclid

    The only reason I'm spending 130.00 on this battery is because the battery that came with my MacPro started swelling so bad I couldn't use my pad anymore, it still kept a charge and everything but I just couldn't use my track pad this is Bull. And the filter wouldn't let me use worse words.negative 5

    57 of 63 people found this useful

  • 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.

    54 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery swells up - very strange

    • Written by from Plano

    The battery on my 2009 early MB pro still works but has swelled to the point where I can't even close the battery case and can't even use the computer as a portable. The battery is the original and only a little more than 3 years old.

    49 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible lifespan

    • Written by from Encinitas

    This has got to be the worst battery Apple has sold that I can recall. I have 20+ users who use the MacBookPros with these batteries and maybe a few of them have done the monthly calibration. The thing is, it doesn't seem to make a bit of difference. I have replaced ALL the batteries for these laptops. Most of them were replaced after 1 year while some were replaced after 6 month of use. Terrible.

    49 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful Battery

    • Written by from Rancho Santa Fe

    My battery life is awful. I thought I would be able to use my MacBook Pro for work while traveling but I find it just isn't practical. Whenever I need to be away from a plug I use my old ThinkPad.

    Otherwise my mac is pretty awesome. I wish they would resolve this major problem. If they put out a new, longer lasting battery I could probably be suckered into buying it. Anything would be better than this.

    49 of 51 people found this useful