• 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.

    887 of 1108 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.

    730 of 849 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!

    65 of 67 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 79 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    batt. died but brought back to life

    • Written by from Saint Michael

    After 14 months of ownership, the batt. started to only lasting a few minutes. This is what i did 1. On batt. power turn the computer on and let it run until it goes completely dead. 2. Take out the batt. and let it sit for at least 5 hour's. I let mine sit for about 12 hour's 3. Put the Batt. in and charge it completely, While charging do not turn on the computer just let it charge. This worked for me, I hope it work's for you. Good luck

    47 of 50 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't expect much.

    • Written by from North Muskegon

    I've had my MacBook Pro for a little over two years and the battery needs to be replaced already. I'm lucky to get two hours of use; I average at 90 minutes or so of just casual web browsing. Forget it if you try to edit pictures or run Photoshop. I've learned that if I have 50% battery charge left, then I have about 50 minutes of use remaining. You'd think it would charge as fast as it dies, but nope. It can take hours to fully charge if you're using the computer while its plugged in. Just ridiculous.

    An AWFUL battery. I'd say "do not buy", but really, there isn't much of a choice.

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    What ???

    • Written by from saint-bruno

    What is the problem with this battery ?
    The original lasted about 2 years and 2-3 months, so I figured ok, let's replace it as my Mac asks for.
    The new one has been in place for less than a year, and my Mac is asking for replacement again ! What ???
    280 bucks in 3 years for 2 batteries !
    Common Tim, have your guys come up with a real battery !
    It goes in a mac !

    37 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    High Technology, Low Performance

    • Written by from Hollister

    I bought a new 15" MBP in 2009 with an extended warranty. The first battery lasted less than two years, and swelled sufficiently to prevent the trackpad from operating properly or allowing the battery cover to fit flush. I got a replacement battery free and, when the trackpad failed to operate properly, that was replaced also. A year later, the second battery failed - bloated as a dead pig - and, the trackpad didn't work, and the battery cover wouldn't fit. When I tried to purchase a second battery from the "premium reseller" (my warranty had expired 2 months earlier, the "new" battery serial number indicated that it was almost 3 years old. My laptop is now a desktop.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very displeased

    • Written by from Verona

    OK I knew I had to get a new battery after 300 cycles, so a put out the cash for a new 100% healthy battery. I calibrate and guess what? It is worse that the one I have had for almost 2 years. It's as if these replacement batteries are lower quality versions than the ones that come with the laptop. Very unhappy. I still love my MBP, but this stings.

    26 of 26 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Lynchburg

    I'm on my third battery now. The first one made it 6 months before expanding and making it near impossible to remove rear cover of my macbook pro. Second one made it almost a year before doing the same. Im now on my third battery and has expanded so badly that I had to remove it in order for my trackpad to click. The battery was putting so much pressure against the trackpad that it rendered it inoperable.

    And here I go again, buying another battery because its the only choice :(

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Lithonia

    The original battery that came with my laptop was great and lasted about 2 or 3 years before I depleted it. Then when I bought a replacement from an Apple store last year I immediately noticed it wasn't holding a charge as well as it should.

    It's progressively gotten worse, and I haven't had the opportunity to go back to the Apple store to request an exchange (I live far away). The battery currently loses 1% charge per minute, on the lowest brightness setting, bluetooth off, and with only one Microsoft Word document open. Frustrating to say the least.

    Morale of this story: Make sure the battery isn't defective before you get too far from where you buy it. Or buy it from amazon.

    19 of 22 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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