• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro Battery

    • Written by from GLENDALE

    I'm amazed at the number of folks that have issues with the MacBook Pro battery. I've had mine for over two years and still have 98%. I just follow the direction of reconditioning three times a year and that seems to give life to the battery. I also have the iMac 27", an iPad2, iPod Touch all of which I love.

    16 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly engineered then ignored

    • Written by from whitewater

    My wife's 5 year old plastic MacBook battery is still going strong, but my top of the line MacBook pro's is dead in a little over two years, taking out trackpad and bending aluminum while it did so.

    As an early adopter and strong Apple advocate I have felt left out in the cold on this issue. Even acknowledging that it is a problem would mitigate the undertone of "your crazy, that is what they are supposed to do." It is a manufacturing defect. It sounds like Apple has fixed the problem with newer MacBook Pro models without the removable battery, but a lent hand to the early adopters who helped launch the unibody line would be appreciated.

    I understand that batteries are a consumable piece of a laptop, but when a battery dies its swelling should not stress and disable other components in the system.

    33 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Still going strong after 31 months

    • Written by from Kleve

    Just wanted to chime in because I saw many negative reviews. I've had my late 2008 MacBook Pro 5,1 for more than two and a half years now and after 542 cycles I'm still at 93% capacity. That is all!

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    With proper care, this battery is very durable

    • Written by from Coral Springs

    These batteries must be calibrated at least once a month. The battery should be run all the way down until the computer shuts itself off. Then leave it off for at least 2 hours and ideally no more than 5 hours. Next, charge it all the way up. You can use it while it is charging.

    I have done this routine faithfully for the past three years. I have recharged mine 341 times and still have 92% of my original capacity.

    37 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery of acer standards.. service of apple is even worse

    • Written by from Jakarta

    am at my 2nd battery, i remember all the fanfare with which they marketed the 1st unibody macbook pro...5-8 hours battery life, not in this life!!!

    I find it pretty distasteful that apple with all its .billions of profit is not standing up to the plate and have these batteries redesigned and reissued FOC to the original owners....

    underdog became uberdog.... its all downhill from here on....

    karma...

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A battery every year is a little rediculous

    • Written by from CHARLESTON

    I have replaced the battery in my 15" MBP every year since the purchase. Come on Apple

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of Junk

    • Written by from Spring

    Don't get me wrong, the macbook is amazing and does everything I want it to do and much more. The battery, on the other hand, dies way too quickly and doesn't even get close to the quality I expected. I have now put my battery through 400 charge cycles (in maybe a year and a half), and it already only holds 40% of the original battery life. This is ridiculous and I am really disappointed. I now have to spend more money on an already highly priced laptop. I love the macbook. Hate the battery

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor overall life!

    • Written by from Des Moines

    I have had replace these in two of my MBP Unibody machines with less than 500 cycles. The batteries work great at the beginning of their life with incredible computer running time. However, they just don't last NEARLY as long as the 1,000 cycles that Apple advertises. I had one which was showing an error at less than one year old (replaced under warranty). Now, I have one which is around two years old which says "replace battery" and needs to be replaced (out of warranty). I understand that batteries go bad after time, but a $129.00 battery should really last as long as advertised, I just hate replacing them at such a high price!

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    At least disapointed

    • Written by from Glyfada

    I have to say that i was introduced to apple products two years ago and now i own 2 ipods ,2 ipads2 , 1 macmini, 1macbook pro5.1-15inches ,1 imac 23inches and numerous side gadgets .
    It hurts when myself and other loyal customers of yours,experiencing such a failure with your batteries ,by the way this is my 2nd one gone dead.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery bulge yet still has charge

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have to replace the battery because of a manufacturing defect even though the battery still has charge. Good job, Apple.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design/Quality/Misengineered

    • Written by from Clay Center

    I'm on my second battery. The replacement only has 20 charge cycles and it's broke. Ran the battery diag software and it says REPLACE BATTERY. Won't charge at all or even attempt it. No lights ever come on when you hit the button. It's about 8 months old from the Apple store.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    already not charging fully

    • Written by from SONOMA

    Have the item for 3.6 months and it is already failing. What else can we do? other than buy a new mac.?

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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.

    17 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No other choice

    • Written by from Lery

    I must say i'm disappointed, let me explain a bit ( yeah it'll sound like the other reviews indeed ) It's my second year with my MBP, I bought a new battery at around 10 months because it couldn't even hold a charge for 2 hours, around 90 minutes or so. Now this 'newer' battery is dead after 8 months, can't even hold a charge for 1 hour, i put my first battery back and i can hold a bit longer than the 8 months battery. I have to buy another battery for my MBP after less than 2 years of use ? Thanks apple

    35 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor battery life

    • Written by from TWENTYNINE PALMS

    I've had my laptop just over a year, and my battery is already at less that 20% health. And no, I'm not over 300 cycles. I'm at around 180.

    Battery fail.

    Why haven't I talked to apple care? I was cheap and only had a one-year warranty. Fail on my part. Wish I had read these reviews sooner.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Everyone needs to relax

    • Written by from Cerritos

    The battery is a finite product. Apple clearly states that the battery will hold less of a charge after the 300-400 charge/discharge cycles. If you use your computer everyday, thats like maybe a year to a year and a half. Don't go discounting all of Apple just because this clearly expected degradation happens. Everyone's usage style is different, therefore performance will differ from person to person. The expected battery life is stated under half screen brightness, and web-browsing. I give this product a 5 star rating because it performs as it is advertised.

    28 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fail

    • Written by from New York

    12-14 months total life, max. Useless now, so I have to spend $129 on another, because what choice do I have? Total fail on Apple's part.

    26 of 28 people found this useful