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Macbook Pro battery

Message #1 - Posted 2009/04/04 - Woody

The battery in the macbook pro is pretty shagged. When the battery gets low it just shuts off at about 30 minutes and the battery isn't so great at full.

The proper one from apple is £97. Anyone had luck with third party ones? The ones I have had before have been a pretty mixed bag, from not so bad but doesn't really fit to useless.

Anyone know a good source, or is the £97 the best option?

Woody

www.alienrat.com

Message #2 - Posted 2009/04/04 - Andy Hewitt

Woody wrote:

The battery in the macbook pro is pretty shagged. When the battery gets low it just shuts off at about 30 minutes and the battery isn't so great at full.

The proper one from apple is £97. Anyone had luck with third party ones? The ones I have had before have been a pretty mixed bag, from not so bad but doesn't really fit to useless.

Anyone know a good source, or is the £97 the best option?

I got a cheapy off eBay for Emily's iBook last year (came from China). It's OK, although it seems to have some differences, like it charges erratically if the iBook is off, or sleeping. Otherwise it performs OK, not quite as good as the genuine, but good enough - something like 3 hours I think.

Certainly not bad for 1/3 the price.

Message #3 - Posted 2009/04/05 - Ian Piper

On Apr 4, 10:27=A0pm, Woody wrote:

The battery in the macbook pro is pretty shagged. When the battery gets low it just shuts off at about 30 minutes and the battery isn't so great at full.

The proper one from apple is =A397. Anyone had luck with third party ones=

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The ones I have had before have been a pretty mixed bag, from not so bad but doesn't really fit to useless.

Anyone know a good source, or is the =A397 the best option?

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Woody

www.alienrat.com

My MacBook Pro's battery died the other day in a very strange way. I noticed that the battery indicator in the menu bar said 0% and the pull-down said "Battery not charging". I know it was working fine just a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I tried the suggestions on the Apple discussion forum to no avail, then called Apple. Without a murmur they said "OK, your battery is hosed. Please accept a new one on us". It arrived at 10 a.m. next day. The computer is within warranty - I suppose they would have been less inclined to give me another on otherwise - but it is still strange. The battery had only done around 55 cycles.

Ian.
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Message #4 - Posted 2009/04/05 - Woody

Ian Piper wrote:

On Apr 4, 10:27 pm, Woody wrote:

The battery in the macbook pro is pretty shagged. When the battery gets low it just shuts off at about 30 minutes and the battery isn't so great at full.

The proper one from apple is £97. Anyone had luck with third party ones? The ones I have had before have been a pretty mixed bag, from not so bad but doesn't really fit to useless.

Anyone know a good source, or is the £97 the best option?

--
Woody

www.alienrat.com

My MacBook Pro's battery died the other day in a very strange way. I noticed that the battery indicator in the menu bar said 0% and the pull-down said "Battery not charging". I know it was working fine just a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I tried the suggestions on the Apple discussion forum to no avail, then called Apple. Without a murmur they said "OK, your battery is hosed. Please accept a new one on us". It arrived at 10 a.m. next day. The computer is within warranty - I suppose they would have been less inclined to give me another on otherwise - but it is still strange. The battery had only done around 55 cycles.

I could give it a try, but the macbook pro is the 2006/2007 model and the battery has done 444 cycles. it does say condition good though, which is obviously untrue!

It is under applecare but that doesn't cover the battery does it.

Woody

www.alienrat.com

Message #5 - Posted 2009/04/05 - SM

Woody wrote:

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I could give it a try, but the macbook pro is the 2006/2007 model and the battery has done 444 cycles. it does say condition good though, which is obviously untrue!

It is under applecare but that doesn't cover the battery does it.

Not sure of the actual rules but my 2007 MacBook battery was over a year old and had more cycles than I read online as being an Apple cut-off point when it stopped working suddenly. It was replaced without a murmur by Stormfront in Plymouth under AppleCare along with a new keyboard/palmrest.

Stuart

cut that out to reply

Message #6 - Posted 2009/04/05 - Clive Sinclair

Woody wrote:

The battery in the macbook pro is pretty shagged. When the battery gets low it just shuts off at about 30 minutes and the battery isn't so great at full.

The proper one from apple is £97. Anyone had luck with third party ones? The ones I have had before have been a pretty mixed bag, from not so bad but doesn't really fit to useless.

Anyone know a good source, or is the £97 the best option?

I had two of my MBP's batteries replaced with no hassle at my local Apple store under the "Our batteries are crap" scheme.

The one I had replaced recently is just as 'crap' have since purchased a 3rd party one and hope it can only be better than Apples.

Clive

We don't die, we just stop paying taxes.

Message #7 - Posted 2009/04/05 - Ric Harris

On 5 Apr, 12:27, Clive Sinclair wrote:

Woody wrote:

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at full.

The proper one from apple is =A397. Anyone had luck with third party on=

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but doesn't really fit to useless.

Anyone know a good source, or is the =A397 the best option?

I had two of my MBP's batteries replaced with no hassle at my local Apple store under the "Our batteries are crap" scheme.

The one I had replaced recently is just as 'crap' have since purchased a 3rd party one and hope it can only be better than Apples.

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Clive

We don't die, we just stop paying taxes.

Anyone know how this programme works? The one on mine's not great. What defines "crap"?

Message #8 - Posted 2009/04/06 - Sara

Previously, SM wrote:

Woody wrote:

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I could give it a try, but the macbook pro is the 2006/2007 model and the battery has done 444 cycles. it does say condition good though, which is obviously untrue!

It is under applecare but that doesn't cover the battery does it.

Not sure of the actual rules but my 2007 MacBook battery was over a year old and had more cycles than I read online as being an Apple cut-off point when it stopped working suddenly. It was replaced without a murmur by Stormfront in Plymouth under AppleCare along with a new keyboard/palmrest.

I had a within-the-John-Lewis-two-year-warranty one fail after a year or so. They swapped it, but I did have to argue with a few people first. I have an uncomfortable feeling that the main reason I won in the end was because the only 'manager' available knew nothing about laptops, only TVs, and just wanted me out of the shop.

Married and loving it

Message #9 - Posted 2009/04/06 - SM

Sara wrote:

I could give it a try, but the macbook pro is the 2006/2007 model and the battery has done 444 cycles. it does say condition good though, which is obviously untrue!

It is under applecare but that doesn't cover the battery does it.

Not sure of the actual rules but my 2007 MacBook battery was over a year old and had more cycles than I read online as being an Apple cut-off point when it stopped working suddenly. It was replaced without a murmur by Stormfront in Plymouth under AppleCare along with a new keyboard/palmrest.

I had a within-the-John-Lewis-two-year-warranty one fail after a year or so. They swapped it, but I did have to argue with a few people first. I have an uncomfortable feeling that the main reason I won in the end was because the only 'manager' available knew nothing about laptops, only TVs, and just wanted me out of the shop.

It was a pleasant surpise that my battery was replaced without any fuss - I was expecting either to have to argue or pay the hundred quid.

Stuart

cut that out to reply

Message #10 - Posted 2009/04/06 - Clive Sinclair

Ric Harris wrote:

On 5 Apr, 12:27, Clive Sinclair wrote:

Woody wrote:

The battery in the macbook pro is pretty shagged. When the battery gets low it just shuts off at about 30 minutes and the battery isn't so great at full.
The proper one from apple is £97. Anyone had luck with third party ones? The ones I have had before have been a pretty mixed bag, from not so bad but doesn't really fit to useless.
Anyone know a good source, or is the £97 the best option?

I had two of my MBP's batteries replaced with no hassle at my local Apple store under the "Our batteries are crap" scheme.

The one I had replaced recently is just as 'crap' have since purchased a 3rd party one and hope it can only be better than Apples.

--
Clive

We don't die, we just stop paying taxes.

Anyone know how this programme works? The one on mine's not great. What defines "crap"?

Not sure if it is still active. But about 18 months ago, Apple admitted to problems with batteries and said if you took it along to your local store, they would replace it no questions asked - apart from checking it had the 'crap' symptoms i.e. it had only had so many cycles and the 'health' had dropped below a certain percentage - sorry can't remember the figures, but they will around the web no doubt.

It would still be worth going into your local Apple stor(if you have one) and trying though - they are generally very understanding/helpful.

Clive

We don't die, we just stop paying taxes.

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