Apple MBP replacement battery is a SONY.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Winglet, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Winglet macrumors regular

    Winglet

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    I just got a warranty replacement battery that was shipped into my local Apple Store overnight. I put it in my computer to charge and looked at it's information in About This Mac. To my amazement, this is what I saw:

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: Sony-ASMB012-3837-6318
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Device name: ASMB012
    Pack Lot Code: 0001
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0303
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 5566
    Fully charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 5566
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 0
    Battery health: Good
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 147
    Voltage (mV): 12611

    I was under the impression that SONY was no longer manufacturing MBP batteries.

    I have not been able to confirm this through several Google searches and need the help of some Mac Experts.

    Thank you
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    Why would they stop making batteries for Apple? They had a series of batteries that were bad, but they have changed their batteries and the systems used to make them.

    TEG
     
  3. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

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    As long as your MBP doesn't catch on fire then you'll be good. Don't worry about it. ;)
     
  4. Winglet thread starter macrumors regular

    Winglet

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    Thanks, that was what I was looking for. I have read, apparently incorrectly, that they were no longer using SONY batteries.
     
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Mines a Sony too...
    It's less than a year old... and the mAh continue to drop, annoyingly.

    I'm wondering if I recalibrate it will it return to full-ish? I notice on Winglet's new battery the capacity is 5556 mAh, mine's never been that high! Even after I recalibrated it from new! 5200 Tops!

    Question is..
    Should it be dropping almost 1000mAh in less than 40 cycles?


    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: Sony-ASMB012-36e3-9d22
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Device name: ASMB012
    Pack Lot Code: 0003
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 102a
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0303
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 4371
    Fully charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 4371
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 38
    Battery health: Good
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 149
    Voltage (mV): 12601
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Mine is at 5500 for the 68Wh battery.

    And it shouldn't drop that quickly either.
     
  7. Apogee macrumors member

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    It is a bit worrisome, because quite often I just leave my house with my MacBook Pro on my bed. What if it catches on fire...?
     
  8. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a

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    What if a tornado hits your house? Get insurance man! ;)
     
  9. Winglet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just a silly suggestion, but why not remove the computer from your bed when you leave the room and unplug it?
     
  10. CordovaBay macrumors newbie

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    Less Than 1 Year Old And Battery Is F*cked!

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: Sony-ASMB012-375a-c388
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Device name: ASMB012
    Pack Lot Code: 0001
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0303
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 1155
    Fully charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 1203
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 57
    Condition: Check battery
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 12406

    I have never had to replace any battery on any of my laptops prior to this. Something is thoroughly wrong with this design!!

    Now let's talk about the replacement cost!! When something is substandard like this, if the manufacturer isn't going to replace the batteries for free that is sad. The fact that they want $160 for one is criminal!!!
     
  11. jlocalled macrumors member

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    That's a Defective Battery. You might not have to pay for a new one, seeing as the Cycle Count is way below normal to have such a low battery capacity. 57 cycles and 1200 mAh is not what Apple specifies them to be. They say the normal battery is to last 300 charge Cycles without going under 80%. Contact Apple As it's still under warranty I presume and check.
     
  12. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Sony owns the copyright too all Lithium-ion and the new Silver-Zinc batteries in the world so its hardly suprising, the only other time you'll get one made by another company is when Sony have licensed it to them, which is rare.
     
  13. Willis macrumors 68020

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    I use coconutBattery to keep tabs on mine for my Macbook.

    Original: 5200 mAh
    Current: 4859 mAh

    Not bad considering my Mac is 26 months old and 265 cycles (iStat Pro) or 5 Battery-Loadcycles (coconut)
     
  14. iphonematt Guest

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    I have a Sony battery in my MBP. I got my MBP on June 25, 2008 and the battery has been great. I have 43 cycles on the battery and the full charge capacity is 5573 mAh. Just to note mine is the 15" MBP so it has the 60wh battery.
     
  15. dal20402 macrumors 6502

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    Given all the people on here who have had a different experience (myself included, with three different MBP batteries) have you considered that maybe the problem is not with the design, but with your particular battery?

    Have you called Apple or taken your Mac to an Apple Store and asked them to replace the battery, explaining the low number of cycles?
     
  16. erikistired macrumors 6502

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    current battery charge: 1965 mAh
    maximum battery charge: 1985 mAh

    current battery capacity: 1985 mAh
    original battery capacity: 5500 mAh

    battery-loadcycles: 322
    age of your mac: 21 months

    -----

    bah. i'm also suffering from the LED on the power cord fading out randomly as well. wonder if the two are related. i didn't start having problems until i got the new smaller power adapter, the old one didn't have the LED problem and my battery didn't start tanking so quickly, but it came apart tho becoming a fire hazard.
     
  17. fretbuzz macrumors newbie

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    I have a MBP 2.4 bought in 2008. It had a defective video card that was replaced a couple months ago. When I got it back from Apple, I noticed the battery lasted about 10 minutes. I thought it was strange.

    They said they didn't do anything with the battery. Here is what my battery says:

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Device name: ASMB012
    Pack Lot Code: 0003
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 102a
    Hardware Revision: 0400
    Cell Revision: 0303
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 0
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 0
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 37
    Condition: Replace Now
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 10877

    I only have 37 cycle counts. that is ridiculous. I am sure there is nothing I can do about it, or is there? This sucks, because anytime the power supply detaches, the MBP shuts off instantly, no saving anything.
     
  18. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    This is a defective battery. The performance is way below what is expected from them. Apple should issue you with a free replacement whether you have applecare or not if they haven't already.
     
  19. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    Contrary to apple which is a computer company, sony also manufactures blank media, batteries and rechargeable cells... So it would be Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic or something like that. For example my Nokia phone has a battery made by Panasonic...

    I think Sony has been providing apple with batteries for quite some years now...
     
  20. andyjslin macrumors member

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    unusal manufacturer

    Hi guys,

    My battery manufacturer is by DP. Haven't heard of them before.

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: 9G94801BX4M1A
    Manufacturer: DP
    Device name: bq20z951
    Pack Lot Code: 0000
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0042
    Hardware Revision: 0001
    Cell Revision: 0122
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 12601
    Fully charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 12601
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 24
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 495
    Voltage (mV): 8376

    I assume my usage and my 3% drop is reasonable for my usage and the time I've had my uMBP.
     
  21. 21st100 macrumors newbie

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    Would it be safe to use the MacBook Pro New Unibody on a bed as the fan isnt on the base/sides?
     
  22. moel macrumors 6502

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    Well it depends..i mean you might fall asleep and then it **could** slide down towards your head and cut it off due to it's sharp edges.....
     
  23. srexy macrumors 6502a

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    As previously mentioned - Apple will replace a battery that is less than 80% capacity if the load cycles are under 300. They're really pretty good about this - AFAIK they'll do it whether the machine is under warranty or not.

    If your battery is below this threshold by all means take it in to an Apple Store and get it replaced. There's no point suffering poor battery performance when it's covered under the battery's warranty.
     
  24. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    ROFL!!! You do have a wild imagination! :)
     
  25. 21st100 macrumors newbie

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    Other than that slight issue, I do fall asleep with my current lappy on the bed.
    Are there really any potential dangers to the laptop itself
     

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