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Macbook Pro replacement battery

Message #1 - Posted 2009/03/08 - Bob Ball

The battery on my MacBook Pro (15" 2.2ghz Santa Rosa) needs replacement.

Its capacity is less than half the original.

There's big price spread between

* the Apple store, Smalldog and BTI -- $120-130,

* what look like Apple-branded batteries at stores such as Amazon, about $85,

* batteries from sources that aren't Apple but are guaranteed Apple compatible, $60-80

* and even Apple branded batteries that apparently were on Apple's A1175 MacBook Pro recall list, but won't be replaced unless they were in the original computer.

Can anyone provide some guidance? I've bought non-Apple batteries before for earlier machines....BTI. It doesn't seem to have an aftermarket battery. OWC, Small Dog and Newer don't seem to carry them, which leads me to believe they aren't very well-regarded.

Bob Ball
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Message #2 - Posted 2009/03/08 - Steven Lichter

Bob Ball wrote:

The battery on my MacBook Pro (15" 2.2ghz Santa Rosa) needs replacement.

Its capacity is less than half the original.

There's big price spread between

* the Apple store, Smalldog and BTI -- $120-130,

* what look like Apple-branded batteries at stores such as Amazon, about $85,

* batteries from sources that aren't Apple but are guaranteed Apple compatible, $60-80

* and even Apple branded batteries that apparently were on Apple's A1175 MacBook Pro recall list, but won't be replaced unless they were in the original computer.

Can anyone provide some guidance? I've bought non-Apple batteries before for earlier machines....BTI. It doesn't seem to have an aftermarket battery. OWC, Small Dog and Newer don't seem to carry them, which leads me to believe they aren't very well-regarded.

The the link below, their batteries are very good, even better the Apple battereries and made in the US,

http://www.newertech.com/index.php

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Message #3 - Posted 2009/03/08 - Robert Peirce

Previously, Bob Ball wrote:

The battery on my MacBook Pro (15" 2.2ghz Santa Rosa) needs replacement. Its capacity is less than half the original.
There's big price spread between
* the Apple store, Smalldog and BTI -- $120-130,
* what look like Apple-branded batteries at stores such as Amazon, about $85,

I am using an Apple battery from a third party. I don't recall what I paid but it was much less than Apple. I put it in on 12/3/08 and it is actually working better than the original.

I was surprised I needed to replace the original so quickly, but apparently anything over one year is gravy.

Robert B. Peirce, Venetia, PA 724-941-6883
bob AT peirce-family.com [Mac]
rbp AT cooksonpeirce.com [Office]

Message #4 - Posted 2009/03/08 - Bob Ball

Previously, Steven Lichter wrote:

Bob Ball wrote:

The battery on my MacBook Pro (15" 2.2ghz Santa Rosa) needs replacement.

Its capacity is less than half the original.

There's big price spread between

* the Apple store, Smalldog and BTI -- $120-130,

* what look like Apple-branded batteries at stores such as Amazon, about $85,

* batteries from sources that aren't Apple but are guaranteed Apple compatible, $60-80

* and even Apple branded batteries that apparently were on Apple's A1175 MacBook Pro recall list, but won't be replaced unless they were in the original computer.

Can anyone provide some guidance? I've bought non-Apple batteries before for earlier machines....BTI. It doesn't seem to have an aftermarket battery. OWC, Small Dog and Newer don't seem to carry them, which leads me to believe they aren't very well-regarded.

The the link below, their batteries are very good, even better the Apple battereries and made in the US,

http://www.newertech.com/index.php

I did check their site. Like OWC, they don't carry batteries, as far as I can see, for MacBook or MacBook Pros. It's mystifying.

And since names I recognize -- BTI and Newer -- don't carry aftermarket batteries for the Intel laptops, it made me suspicious of the companies that do provide non-Apple batteries.

Bob Ball
If you want to think positive thoughts, surround yourself with positive people. If you want to email me, eliminate the negative.

Message #5 - Posted 2009/03/08 - Tom Harrington

Previously, Bob Ball wrote:

I did check their site. Like OWC, they don't carry batteries, as far as I can see, for MacBook or MacBook Pros. It's mystifying.

And since names I recognize -- BTI and Newer -- don't carry aftermarket batteries for the Intel laptops, it made me suspicious of the companies that do provide non-Apple batteries.

It's puzzling. I've bought replacement batteries from Newer in the past and been happy with them. I don't know why they wouldn't be offering replacements for newer models.

I see that FastMac is offering replacements somewhat cheaper than Apple original equipment. I've not dealt with FastMac in the past but if I were in the market for a replacement battery for one of my Macs I'd probably order from them. I might regret it but from what I can tell it's likely to be worth the price.

Tom "Tom" Harrington
Independent Mac OS X developer since 2002
http://www.atomicbird.com/

Message #6 - Posted 2009/03/30 - nedibatt

On Mar 9, 12:23=A0pm, Tom Harrington wrote:

Previously, =A0Bob Ball wrote:

I did check their site. Like OWC, they don't carry batteries, as far as I can see, for MacBook or MacBook Pros. It's mystifying.

And since names I recognize -- BTI and Newer -- don't carry aftermarket batteries for the Intel laptops, it made me suspicious of the companies that do provide non-Apple batteries.

It's puzzling. =A0I've bought replacement batteries from Newer in the pas=

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and been happy with them. =A0I don't know why they wouldn't be offering replacements for newer models.

I see that FastMac is offering replacements somewhat cheaper than Apple original equipment. =A0I've not dealt with FastMac in the past but if I were in the market for a replacement battery for one of my Macs I'd probably order from them. =A0I might regret it but from what I can tell it's likely to be worth the price.

--
Tom "Tom" Harrington
Independent Mac OS X developer since 2002http://www.atomicbird.com/

Some manufortors claim the battery better than the original one. i have an apple power g4 notebook and consider to order an apple battery on http://www.sales-battery.com/laptop-batteries/apple.htm

Message #7 - Posted 2009/03/30 - Tom Harrington

Previously, nedibatt@gmail.com wrote:

Some manufortors claim the battery better than the original one. i have an apple power g4 notebook and consider to order an apple battery on http://www.sales-battery.com/laptop-batteries/apple.htm

That web site doesn't appear to exist, and if it used to, I've never heard of them. I've ordered replacement PowerBook and iBook batteries from Newer Tech (<http://www.newertech.com/products/laptop.php>, and that one exists) and found them to be excellent.

Tom "Tom" Harrington
Independent Mac OS X developer since 2002
http://www.atomicbird.com/

Message #8 - Posted 2009/04/01 - Jolly Roger

Previously, Tom Harrington wrote:

Previously, Bob Ball wrote:

I did check their site. Like OWC, they don't carry batteries, as far as I can see, for MacBook or MacBook Pros. It's mystifying.

And since names I recognize -- BTI and Newer -- don't carry aftermarket batteries for the Intel laptops, it made me suspicious of the companies that do provide non-Apple batteries.

It's puzzling. I've bought replacement batteries from Newer in the past and been happy with them. I don't know why they wouldn't be offering replacements for newer models.

I see that FastMac is offering replacements somewhat cheaper than Apple original equipment. I've not dealt with FastMac in the past but if I were in the market for a replacement battery for one of my Macs I'd probably order from them. I might regret it but from what I can tell it's likely to be worth the price.

I ordered a FastMac replacement battery months ago, and was told they are expecting a 2-6 months delay on their TruePower batteries, because they are currently shifting production over to U.S. soil.

<http://fastmac.com/laptop.php>

As you can see, their batteries have soem interesting technology in them, and it seems you get more "bang for your buck". While they've offered twice so far to sell me an Apple battery for the same price while they are out of stock, I'm doing my best to wait it out so I can get a TruePower battery. : )

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Message #9 - Posted 2009/04/03 - Bob Ball

Previously, Jolly Roger wrote:

Previously, Tom Harrington wrote:

Previously, Bob Ball wrote:

I did check their site. Like OWC, they don't carry batteries, as far as I can see, for MacBook or MacBook Pros. It's mystifying.

And since names I recognize -- BTI and Newer -- don't carry aftermarket batteries for the Intel laptops, it made me suspicious of the companies that do provide non-Apple batteries.

It's puzzling. I've bought replacement batteries from Newer in the past and been happy with them. I don't know why they wouldn't be offering replacements for newer models.

I see that FastMac is offering replacements somewhat cheaper than Apple original equipment. I've not dealt with FastMac in the past but if I were in the market for a replacement battery for one of my Macs I'd probably order from them. I might regret it but from what I can tell it's likely to be worth the price.

I ordered a FastMac replacement battery months ago, and was told they are expecting a 2-6 months delay on their TruePower batteries, because they are currently shifting production over to U.S. soil.

<http://fastmac.com/laptop.php>

As you can see, their batteries have soem interesting technology in them, and it seems you get more "bang for your buck". While they've offered twice so far to sell me an Apple battery for the same price while they are out of stock, I'm doing my best to wait it out so I can get a TruePower battery. : )

I bought an Apple battery. But I'll be interested in your experience with the FastMac.

I haven't paid that much attention to the roles of the various frequent posters on the group, but I hope everything works out OK for you. It's a scary time for so many people.

Bob Ball
If you want to think positive thoughts, surround yourself with positive people. If you want to email me, eliminate the negative.

Message #10 - Posted 2009/04/06 - Fred A Stair

There is a MacBook Pro battery at www.quickertek.com
not sure if that is exactly what you're looking for, but it appears to be adequate.

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