2006 MBP Battery Replacement Still Viable?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by emtrey, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. emtrey macrumors member

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    I just upgraded to a new 2011 MacBook Pro (8,2) from an old 2006 model (1,1), but am trying to keep the '06 ready as a viable back-up (as much as it can be with broken wi-fi).

    The biggest issue I'm facing with the '06 model, though, is battery life because-- I admit it-- I totally dropped the ball on keeping it calibrated. According to coconutBattery, current capacity is 98 mAh down from an original capacity of 5500 mAh. Plugging it in yields a nearly perpetual red "charging" light and the menu bar charge display stays at 0% (Coconut says 1%).

    I can resign myself to that model being perpetually tethered to an A/C outlet, but if something can be done, I'd like to correct my earlier mistakes.

    Which brings me to two questions.

    1) Browsing Apple's Store, I see a replacement battery at http://store.apple.com/us/product/MA348LL/A?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY Is this compatible with the early (1,1) Core Duo models of the MBP?

    2) Would a new battery even help? I remember back in the day reading about how the connectors themselves could get damaged by not calibrating regularly-- is the '06 beyond repair?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    That doesn't make any sense. How can not using (calibrating) or not using (not calibrating) a battery cause physical damage to a connector? Either the connector works or it doesn't. I'm guessing the only way to find out is to buy a new battery, and the problem is very likely with the battery itself.

    I don't know if that's the right battery for your MBP. If it's not, try ebay and third-party battery companies. The quality will be lower than an Apple battery (lower capacity, might not work at all if it's a shoddy company), but if it does work it sounds like it will be good enough.
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    That is the correct battery and will work with your MBP.

    Your battery is simply dead, and will no longer hold a charge.
     

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