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Old Dec 21, 2008, 01:19 PM   #1
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White MacBook 13" Battery Replacement

Hi,

I have a MacBook 13" i bought about two and a half years ago, and just recently, the battery has decided to die. I can only get about 1 to 1 and a half hours out of it, it dies randomly when i reach the 20% full mark.

Just wanted to know the best option for getting a new battery? (I'm in the UK).
Is the best option to just buy from the Apple Store? Are there cheaper re-sellers of genuine apple batteries?
My laptop is still under an applecare plan, would i be able to claim a new battery off this?

Cheers

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Old Dec 21, 2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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If it's stopping the supply of power at 20%, I'd look into getting it replaced under warranty. Over time, it will lose capacity, but it should still be utilizing all of that capacity.
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Old Dec 21, 2008, 01:22 PM   #3
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http://fastmac.com/laptop.php

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Old Dec 21, 2008, 03:22 PM   #4
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Here's a UK reseller. Not much cheaper.

http://www.thebookyard.com
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 07:42 PM   #5
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Hey,

just to give you guys a quick update, i took my macbook to the apple store in the bullring (bham, uk) today, and they replaced the battery under the applecare agreement because the batery only had around 3000mAh of capacity where it should have no less that 5000, even after the 298 charge cycles that it had had.
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 11:55 PM   #6
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Hey,

just to give you guys a quick update, i took my macbook to the apple store in the bullring (bham, uk) today, and they replaced the battery under the applecare agreement because the batery only had around 3000mAh of capacity where it should have no less that 5000, even after the 298 charge cycles that it had had.
Awesome!
I'm looking to replace my Black MacBooks battery also.
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do you think they would be able to replace it out of warranty ?
I cant even caibrate my macbooks battery because it just dies at around 20%

Im not in warranty, in the UK.

Any chance of a free or reduced price for a new battery ?
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do you think they would be able to replace it out of warranty ?
I cant even caibrate my macbooks battery because it just dies at around 20%

Im not in warranty, in the UK.

Any chance of a free or reduced price for a new battery ?
How many battery cycles have you used up?

(Click the Apple Logo, hold the Option (alt) key and click on "System Profiler", choose "Power" in the sidebar and then the "Cycle Count" should be somewhere on the right.

If it's relatively low (given the age of your product) they might offer a replacement, but it's unlikely.
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 04:33 PM   #9
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(mAh): 1747

with 469 cycles.

Macbook Pro Santa rosa, 2 years old.

Is it time for a new battery?
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Old Jun 28, 2009, 02:49 AM   #10
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How many battery cycles have you used up?

(Click the Apple Logo, hold the Option (alt) key and click on "System Profiler", choose "Power" in the sidebar and then the "Cycle Count" should be somewhere on the right.

If it's relatively low (given the age of your product) they might offer a replacement, but it's unlikely.
my battery is at 62% 3140 mAh, 573 cycles
is that low enough ?
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 12:56 PM   #11
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my battery is at 62% 3140 mAh, 573 cycles
is that low enough ?
Unfortunately no.

573 is a LOT of cycles. It sounds to me like you've done well out of that battery!
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 03:35 PM   #12
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Question 753!

Hello,
I just checked by battery usage with the coconutbattery application and I have 753 charge cycles with 85% battery life (4266 mAh out of 5020 mAh). I've had my white macbook for 4.5 years.
Is it time for a new battery?
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Hello,
I just checked by battery usage with the coconutbattery application and I have 753 charge cycles with 85% battery life (4266 mAh out of 5020 mAh). I've had my white macbook for 4.5 years.
Is it time for a new battery?
Only if your battery life isn't satisfactory (and that will be down to your needs).

85% health doesn't sound too bad.

I'd recommend calibrating the battery:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1490
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Old Jun 28, 2011, 11:13 AM   #14
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I took my MacBook to the Apple store and they just replaced the battery. Macbook is about 2 years out of warrenty.

A new battery hasn't solved all my problems, often my Macbook won't start if I don't have the power cable in, but will work fine on battery after the initial start.
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