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Old 10-19-2014, 10:25 PM   #1
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Macbook battery

Anyone ever replaced their MacBook battery? I bought mine in 2009 and now it's at the pony where it has to be plugged in at all times! other than that it still works pretty well and couldn't see replacing it with a new $1200 laptop.
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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Do you have the model where you can replace the battery? I bought mine in 2009 and you can buy a new battery at the apple store and just pop the old one out and the new one in. It's about $100 for a new battery.
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Bummer. Take it in to the Apple Store.

My Macbook Pro battery started acting up - basically holding no charge at all. I'm in the habit of having it plugged in whenever I'm on it. When I took it in to Apple, they checked to see how many power cycles it had gone through. The guy mentioned that the number was extremely low for it to be acting up, so he tagged it as a faulty & got a free replacement for me.

Not sure if that would cover you, but it may be the case for you. If not, you can get a replacement battery for around $100.
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Thanks so much! I'd love if I can get a new battery for $100 or for Apple to say my computer was faulty and give me s new one guess I'll be seeing the geeks soon!
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Mine is starting to swell up, but it still works. I'll probably get a new one.

I had some weird issue with the reporting system before. My wife was playing some game on it on battery only, and that game was a power hog. Something went nuts and all of a sudden it reported that it needed to be replaced. It bounced between replace now and healthy status. I took it into an Apple Store with an appointment, and was told they could either sell me a new battery in a retail package or since it was reporting an error they could sell me a "replacement battery" for warranty issues for $99. I was about to take the latter option when I was told it wasn't in stock.

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The battery in my 2009 MacBook started "bulging" last year...it still worked fine, but I took it in just to see what the Geniuses had to say about it posing any sort of risk. They said it doesn't hurt anything but if I wanted I could buy a new battery for $100. So I just let it be but then my brother the Mac Geek didn't like that it was bulging so he bought me a new battery for Christmas.

Very easy to switch out.
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Maybe I should add I have a MacBook Pro. Make a difference?
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It shouldn't make much of a difference price-wise.

I looked at my secondary battery that has been sitting up in a closet & I've noticed that it's gotten a bulge too. Is this a common thing?
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Maybe I should add I have a MacBook Pro. Make a difference?
All of them have batteries that the user theoretically isn't supposed to tinker with. They put it behind a panel of screws and have resorted to assorted stuff to make things difficult, like tri-wing screws or other assorted esoteric fasteners. I've seen the teardowns on iFixit. I think I could do it, but I'd hate to lose a screw. I don't know if they're less prone to swelling, but if they do it's probably better to have it fixed by someone else. Apple does have a battery replacement policy.

Polycarbonate MacBook batteries are easy. All you need is a quarter. Also - for most versions upgrading the memory and the drive are easy once the battery is off. I did mine with a #00 Phillips screwdriver and a Torx T8 screwdriver. The more recent versions with flash drives use semi-proprietary connectors.
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It shouldn't make much of a difference price-wise.

I looked at my secondary battery that has been sitting up in a closet & I've noticed that it's gotten a bulge too. Is this a common thing?
Apparently it is pretty common. It's basically a manufacturing defect but the guy at the Genius Bar told me that it happens when the battery hasn't been conditioned (used) enough...for example if you're in the habit of keeping the laptop plugged in most of the time and hardly ever rely on the battery (which I'm guilty of). But then he also told me that the bulge wasn't dangerous which was probably not entirely true.

I was actually expecting them to replace the battery for free because I read about them doing that for this problem even when the laptop is way past warranty. But apparently my Apple Store didn't get the memo.
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All of them have batteries that the user theoretically isn't supposed to tinker with. They put it behind a panel of screws and have resorted to assorted stuff to make things difficult, like tri-wing screws or other assorted esoteric fasteners. I've seen the teardowns on iFixit. I think I could do it, but I'd hate to lose a screw. I don't know if they're less prone to swelling, but if they do it's probably better to have it fixed by someone else. Apple does have a battery replacement policy.
That's only true for the more recent models. My Macbook that I bought in 2009 has the lever that allows you to easily access the battery and replace it yourself.
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