• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook battery

    • Written by from rahway

    got my Mac book for christmas in 08. The battery is dead already. what a piece of junk, $129. for a new one. that comes to a little more then $10. a month to use my laptop. my internet only cost $30, wish i would have read these articles before i got mine.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Total Fail

    • Written by from Chandler

    Ive had this MacBook Pro for about a year and the battery went from lasting 7 hours to lasting 2 hours.

    This is worse than my 4 year old MacBook.

    If Apple makes the batteries, they should have actual battery companies make the batteries instead.

    I like Apple, and they make GREAT products, don't get me wrong, but batteries, not so much...

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Over fast

    • Written by from Dudley

    I've had my macbook pro for 16 months, and The battery has also failed to preform. On a good day I can get 3 hours out of it.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best available

    • Written by from Southfield

    I've tried the "best" generic batteries, and they all stink. They generate tremendous amounts of heat (which is wasted energy and shows a lack of efficient operation). This battery works well, doesn't overheat and gives solid battery life.

    This is the only real battery worthy of your mac. Don't be fooled by imitators.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thumbs down

    • Written by from Amboy

    Own a fifteen inch MBP for almost 4 years now, luckily I bought the extended care plan, I got two free batteries out of apple whilst still under my time limit, but now I'm out in the cold and have to keep 130 dollars stashed away for when this battery goes bad as well.

    19 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fan running loudly, not always the battery's fault.

    • Written by from Andover

    So I thought my fan was running a lot to charge my battery, so I bought a new battery when the Apple Support told me to learn how to use my battery better... (thanks guys).

    I found a post somewhere saying to check all of your running applications in Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. I selected to see all activities and there was a printer driver taking up 99% of my CPU processing. It was a Lexmark wireless printer driver.

    Just FYI in case you are desperate to stop your loud fan and think it's your battery going out. Hopefully it's not.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Uncharged suddenly

    • Written by from Ames

    i met a problem. The Icon showed 95% and Power Adapter when I charged it all the time it maintained 95% for many hours but suddenly it showed uncharged and the light turned from green to yellow then it showed 1% and charged again to 100% in 3 hours.
    I do not know why?
    Thank you.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    15 months down and now.....

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    ....i have 23% health ....i thought this was going to be a great purchase when i first got it .. now at this rate ill be buying a new battery every year ... or be tethered to a wall for the rest of my life.... thanks a lot apple for this great battery.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Raleigh

    Ditto every negative battery life thread here. The battery has never held the advertised 6-8 hours of charge and from about a year after ownership til now, the battery cannot hold a charge if it's disconnected from the power cable for more than a few minutes.

    On a side note, it's a total joke that I've taken the time to write this, that you've taken the time to read this, and that Apple has allowed "product reviews" on these batteries to begin with. The fact of the matter is that virtually no one shops for a laptop battery unless their current one is dead; you are here because you NEED a battery. Your current Apple product has failed you and there is no recourse except to spend an exorbitant amount of money on this new product that experience and several hundred product reviews assure you will be no better than your last expensive mistake.

    I have been an Apple fanatic for years and have long defended their products, but they really should own up to this design flaw and compensate their patrons accordingly. This product is horrible.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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..

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    492 cycles (32months) and still has nearly 3500 mAh

    • Written by from san antonio

    Most of the issues I have heard and read about battery life are connected to how the battery is used (or not used). If you leave any rechargeable battery at full charge and plugged in you are going to experience issues with battery life and swelling. Regardless of brand of the battery. Try actually using your laptop for what it is. If you use your computer pretty much as a desktop, buy an iMac that will solve your issues with battery replacement. Otherwise remove the tether from your MBP and use it anywhere and everywhere. You should get much longer life out of your battery.

    25 of 39 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MBP battery

    • Written by from Whitehorse

    I got the MBP Aluminun battery for my wife a couple of months ago. Apple advertises 8-9 hrs, She barely gets 3 hrs on her Mac. She does mostly Word and Web. She does not do graphically intense applications on it unplugged. The main reason for this purchase was the long battery life, so far. could not even go 3 hrs without it needing to be recharged. My old Acer laptop (18.4) runs longer....My appreciation of Apple quality has diminished somewhat. I would recommend, unless necessary, to use plugged in always.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad built and disappointing performance!

    • Written by from San Jose

    After two years of use, i can't barely get a 2 hour use - thats with bluetooth off, set to better battery life and with the display brightness half way down. What's worse, the battery has started to bulge in the middle! A complete rip off!

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


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    I am both surprised and disappointed at the same time to find out that I'm not the only one who has to replace her macbook pro battery after just a year of use!! All of sudden it went from 5 hours of battery to 0!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased

    • Written by from minneapolis

    I've had my macbook pro since this model(redesigned) came out in fall of 2008 and have had great success with the machine both in performance and wear. 3 years later I'm still on my first battery and only now starting to see a slight taper in it's life on a full charge. I see comments people have made on this exact batter but they are referencing older vintage machines. People the 2006 or 2004 machines had a whole different technology. These are a rock solid design and this batter is for the 2008 unibody and newer MBPs. I couldn't say more good things about this machine and battery combo. It's a gem.

    21 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    More of the same comments - these batteries are awful - But...

    • Written by from San Diego

    My MacBook Pro (aluminum) is about 16 months old and for the past few months, the battery won't hold a charge. Consequently I finally gave in and ordered a replacement. However, I am guilty of not following Apple's directions on letting the battery fully discharge once a month. I generally keep it plugged in since I use it more as a desktop than a traveling companion. Therefore, that may be the problem for many of us. With the new one I'm ordering, I'm going to follow directions and see what happens. If I have to buy another new battery in a year, I will be very unhappy. To be continued...

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Leesburg

    I've had my MBP since January 2009 and have had the battery replaced 3 times. It will barely last a full house if I'm ONLY doing normal web browsing. I can't afford to keep buying $129 batteries and them not work. I love Apple products, but this has GOT to be fixed!!!!

    9 of 10 people found this useful