Anyone use macbook pro aftermarket batteries? (from ebay/china)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ehoez, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. ehoez macrumors member

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    Anyone use macbook pro aftermarket batteries? (from ebay/china)

    Some sellers are selling them for $35 /w free shipping..

    they claim 3yr warrty.. i just got mine last week, and after about 10 cycles, i avg around 4500/4600mAh and 2hrs 30mins of useage on low brightness. with my circa 2008 mbp 15"
     
  2. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    Erg. I would not use a battery from ebay. They may seem good now, but i have never had one from ebay last as long (run time wise on other devices). Personally i wouldn't trust a 30 dollar knock off battery in a $2000 laptop.
     
  3. ehoez thread starter macrumors member

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    1yr latter, and now this china made battery is dead again.
     
  4. kettlecorn macrumors 6502

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    well its hard to say cause they're all made in china, including the ones in the original macbook. Just all sorts of distributors and manufacturers. I got a 9 cell battery for my netbook and it was amazing and lasted a long time. However, i got a 9 cell for a different laptop and it wouldnt even charge. bought it from different ebay suppliers both shipping from china or hong kong.
     
  5. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    On my 2008 MBP, I've gone through two Apple branded batteries in two years, they simply didn't last more than a year. I then tried a generic Hong Kong brand, but very well known in the HK generic battery market, and it also lasted a little more than a year. Now I am on my 4th battery, it is still new, so I hope it will last a year until I upgrade to the MBPs with great battery life.

    So for me, at least 4 batteries in 4 years.

    After the bad track record of my Apple branded batteries, I'll just go with the generic HK brand. Plus, they offer a 1 year warranty replacement no questions asked.

    If the generic battery you bought lasted a year, I would consider it pretty good for the 2008 MBP!
     
  6. -Carl- macrumors newbie

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    @chiefroastbeef hey, do you mind sharing what brand of generic HK battery you use? or maybe a link to an ebay auction?

    thanks!
     
  7. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    Carl, my generic brand is called Powermart, it is a very well known brand here in Hong Kong, many people buy from them. Their website is powermart.com.hk , though I am not sure if they sell online, never checked. :) Again, my advice is to buy a a cheap battery off ebay and hope it lasts at least a year, in my experience, the expensive Apple ones are only as durable. :)
     

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