• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro 13" battery life

    • Written by from Tempe

    Well, 14 months and battery is dead. Computer only used 10 times per month at most. Not very happy right now. Off to the Genius Bar today.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 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.

    20 of 24 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

    Giving problems just after 1 year and 2 months

    • Written by from Somerset

    Very Disappointed!
    Now I understand why the warranty on the battery is one year.
    It started giving problems about 1 year and 2 months after I bought my Mac Book Pro.
    When it reached 1 year and 6 months I noticed the icon, "Service Battery".
    I took it to the store, they ran the Apple Diagnostic toolkit and it showed that it is a battery defect.

    Then the good news. Even thou it is a defect I have to buy a new one since the warranty is just one year, but the new battery has a 2 year warranty.

    I wonder why the new one has 2 years and the one that came with the laptop had just 1 year.

    You take your conclusions.

    35 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slim but prone to swelling

    • Written by from Mountain View

    Obviously, the battery fits nicely in the body of the new MBPs. However, I've had mine for a couple years and a while ago the bottom plate covering the battery started to bulge out. It was annoying, but since I use my MBP more like a desktop I didn't care very much. I assumed the cover had somehow become warped.

    Eventually, I found out that it was actually the battery which was pushing on the cover. It had become swollen and eventually put so much pressure on the mouse pad that the computer thought it was in a constant state of 'click'. Pretty lame problem, pretty expensive fix.

    39 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Lifespan

    • Written by from Peterborough

    The battery called it quits just outside (a month or two) of my 1yr hardware warranty. Yes, I am very frustrated as to the performance of this battery. I properly maintained the battery and monitored its health. (this is not my first hardware failure with apple - seems to be frequent - hoping this changes).

    Phone support as always tries their best, but often is bound by policy. It really is disappointing to see when things are defective (clearly) that Apple does not empower them to make things right (properly).

    I purchased a new battery either way, as I need a functioning portable computer.

    All the previous "good" reviews seem to be people that are talking about different batteries/hardware then the unibodies. These batteries will last on average 'just past' their warranty period (go figure?!?!)

    Apples new 'built-in' battery might be a response to this issue, but we'll never know.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacing after 15 mos...bulging at the seams!

    • Written by from London

    Bought new in December 2008, already the battery still shows charge, but the seam on the unibody is bulging and the battery needs to be replaced. HELLO...SAFETY issue!

    Not happy, but there is 150 bucks...

    29 of 32 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Swollen in a year

    • Written by from Westford

    I have only had my mid-2009 MacBook Pro for about a year, and the battery is swollen! I calibrated it every month like Apple suggests and it still swelled up. For a battery of this price, it should last more than a year.

    23 of 26 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

    15 months, that's all it took

    • Written by from Bristol

    I only use my macbook for 4hrs/day since I have a desktop that i use more often. Now the capacity has gone from 4600 to 172mAh. And i thought that Mac batteries were supposed to be more efficient. $130 for a battery is too expensive... especially if i have to buy one every 15 months

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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. ^__^

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointment

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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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not happy

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    My current battery has swollen rendering my trackpad inoperable and now I have to pay for a replacement which is clearly a design flaw/defect to begin with. Not happy.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a piece

    • Written by from Flower Mound

    This battery is garbage. Nobody told me to power-cycle my battery monthly. Just took my money and sent me along the way. Reach-around might have been nice.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    yup... batteries are not great

    • Written by from Tampa

    I agree with everyone else. I've been conscientious about taking care of the battery and after 18 months, I will need a new battery if I want more than an hour of life. I am surprised to read that apple talks about such a long battery life with their macbook pro computers because I never was able to get that kind of time on mine. Apple is doing so well with their products they should have the ability to develop a battery that holds a charge for a decent amount of time for the majority of the users... no need to deceive.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Swollen Battery after 1 years + trackpad unusable cause of the battery

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Well, just after 1 years and 1 day, the battery fail me, it swollen on the insides and forced the trackpad unusable and bended aluminum battery door cover. Check back with apple, and they say i need to buy a new battery, which cost $129, seriously, i don't need the battery to be covered in aluminum, who's going to see under my laptop battery cover anyway?! i bet $70 goes to the aluminum cost.

    after 4 macbook pro with 2 years usage for each and no battery problem at all, and tons of people with similar problem, i say this battery is a defect that needs to be replaced each year just after the warranty, so what should i do apple? get a new battery each year?

    My review DONT BUY!!! just save your money for a new macbook pro!

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Book Pro Battery Life

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I don't know about you guys but i have had my Mac Book Pro for 4 years and am only now looking at replacing the battery. I know Apple doesn't have the best rep for battery life but for what an apple does, it does VERY VERY well. If you pay $130.00 and it last for 4 years, its worth it, but if it only lasts 18 months or so, its not that good. Apple might not have mastered battery life YET, but they have certainly mastered the software of a mac. just thought i'd let you know.

    11 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery LIFE awful

    • Written by from miami Beach

    I bought my MacBook Pro, almost one year ago, and a month ago I started to have problem with my battery! Now I need to change the battery for $129.00 This is crazy! Be onest, the autonomy of the battery is ..........! It's almost 10% of the cost of the entire computer. Come on MAC, We spend more but we like to have MORE, not this!!!!!!!!

    16 of 17 people found this useful