2008 Macbook Pro battery issues

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jajafofo, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. jajafofo macrumors newbie

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    My Macbook Pro Battery was working fine. Now all of the sudden it won't charge at all. Looking at the battery status I see this:

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: Sony-ASMB012-38c4-d7a1
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Device name: ASMB012
    Pack Lot Code: 0000
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0303
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 0
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 0
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 19
    Condition: Check Battery
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 4176

    Cycle count is 19??? I'm out of warranty, but this seems like a defective battery. Anybody had any experience with this??

    Thanks,

    Matt
     
  2. iforbes macrumors 6502

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    Is the cycle count correct? Do you have the machine plugged in almost 100% of the time?
     
  3. jajafofo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I used to use it on battery most of the time, but all of the sudden it wouldn't even charge so I have to have it plugged in all the time now. If I recall correctly, the count was right around 200 the last time I looked a week or so ago. The track pad started acting funny right before it stopped charging, but now the pad is fine. I'm thinking it swelled, pressing on the track pad, then just gave up the ghost and the swelling went away??
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  5. jajafofo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried resetting the SMC last night with no luck. I'll take a look at the battery FAQ, thanks!
     
  6. dima39 macrumors newbie

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    Time to change battery, IMO

    I'm also owner of MBP 2008.
    When trackpad started work strangely i found that battery was swollen (around 400 cycles, almost 3 year old).
    Bought non-original battery from Ebay for 50 USD.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I would never trust or recommend a battery that didn't come from Apple. Too many problems have been reported with knockoff batteries.
     
  8. dima39, Jan 13, 2012
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    dima39 macrumors newbie

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    50+ cycles now with no problems, normally keeps 3+ hours.
    I'm mostly work from wallcharger, so i decided spent difference for new WD750Gb Blue and chip caddy :)
    Original from Apple store has 2-star satisfaction rating, so i decided don't spend 150-200$ with shipment in Ukraine.
     
  9. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    This type of battery degrades not just due to cycles but also due to age - they have a limited life right from the day they leave the factory.

    Your battery from 2008 almost certainly needs replacing. The fact that it swelled up confirms that all's not well.

    Time for a new one :) Go Apple, though.
     

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