Any reasons for service battery besides age?

Capex

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I noticed "service battery" this morning in my battery life menu thing. I am currently in the process of calibrating it, and I don't know what to do. I have Macbook Pro 5,5 and it is 29 months old.

What can I do beyond this?
 

chillfrilla

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I noticed "service battery" this morning in my battery life menu thing. I am currently in the process of calibrating it, and I don't know what to do. I have Macbook Pro 5,5 and it is 29 months old.

What can I do beyond this?
29months? yeah it would be age for sure
 
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sweetbrat

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It's just because your battery isn't holding as much charge as it should anymore. If it's still meeting your needs, you can ignore it. If you need more battery time than it's giving, get a new battery. If you get a new one, get it from Apple. Third party batteries aren't a very good idea.
 
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Capex

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Thanks everyone. It still lasts 3.5 hours and I am often not without my charger so I'll be good.
 
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GGJstudios

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I noticed "service battery" this morning in my battery life menu thing. I am currently in the process of calibrating it, and I don't know what to do. I have Macbook Pro 5,5 and it is 29 months old.

What can I do beyond this?
Battery conditions
Service Battery: The battery isn’t functioning normally, and you may or may not notice a change in its behavior or the amount of charge it holds. Take your computer in for service. You can continue to use your battery before it’s checked without harming your computer.
The built-in batteries in the newer Mac unibody notebooks come pre-calibrated and do not require regular calibration like the removable batteries.

This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
 
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iLog.Genius

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If you're able too get the battery swapped free of charge, I would go ahead and do it through Apple but if not, then if it meets your needs, then keep the battery until it can't hold a charge.
 
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