Battery Health help please

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Peter Franks, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. Peter Franks macrumors 68000

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    My health on battery has gone from in the high 80s to 76% recently. So is now the time to replace it?
    7 years old MBP 13". The battery life is pants, but it's always been pants if I'm honest. Is it time for a new battery when it hits 76% health, and can you get a genuine Apple battery replacement anywhere, as you do hear some horror stories about unofficial ones.

    Health Information:

    Cycle Count: 1675

    Condition: Normal


    says internal readings

    Normal meaning what?

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  2. DeanPSN macrumors regular

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    If the condition says Normal, probably still fine.
    That shows currently can hold only 76% of its original capacity, doesn't mean you must change it.
    Change it only if you need to have better battery life. If you want original battery, you have to go to Apple for replacement if they still have them.
     
  3. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks Dean, it does spend most of it's life on charge now, because it doesn't have the capacity to go anywhere.
    So Apple wouldn't ever sell one, they'd only fit them?
     
  4. DeanPSN macrumors regular

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    Yes, Apple doesn't sell parts, they only fit them and i think the 2011 is "vintage" now and they don't service them anymore.
    Your best bet for a good battery/OEM quality is to buy from ifixit.com
     
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    How long do you get from the old, but fully-charged battery?
    If you can squeeze 3-4 hours out of it, and don't mind plugging it in to recharge while you use it, I would keep using it for now.

    There was another poster here who reported problems with an ifixit.com replacement battery.
    Be advised that you usually don't get "the long charge life" from "replacement" batteries (ANY of them) as you got from the original Apple factory-installed battery.
    That's just "a fact of battery life".
     
  7. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh that's interesting to know, thanks. I would say 2 to 3 hours on full charge yes. But not if watching any YouTube/Netflix, or any videos for that matter.

    Although it's a sure fire battery killer, I burnt 2 x 60 minute music CDs from 100% charge in iTunes and it took it down to 10% in just 20 minutes. Bad example I know as that's a sure fire killer, but it was never THAT bad. What really alerted me to this more than anything was when I unplugged it last night at 100%, and literally with 5 minutes of no use, I looked at it and it was on 80%. That's the first time I'd really noticed it being that bad. I know after 7 years it doesn't owe me much. But bad time finance wise for a new one for me.

    By 'long charge life', you mean the length of battery life, or the 8-10 hour Apple quoted charge.
     
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  9. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    1,675 cycles?! I hope you give it a state funeral.
     
  10. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Until I can find a decent genuine part, it stays on life support
     
  11. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So I've been looking, and this company NewerTech NuPower 65W Battery (MacBook Pro 13") bigs themselves up as the best and better than the original... blah blah rubbish,
    But then you see the reviews that say they only get 1 to 2 hours out of it. So question being, has anyone on here fitted a 2011 MBP with a really good and reliable battery of late?
     

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