Battery Icon says: Service Battery

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by IIIORIsDude, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. IIIORIsDude macrumors newbie

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    Since Dec of 2012, I've had battery service popping up on my battery icon. Back then, I called apple care and they walked me through resetting the SMC, it resolved the problem but at least once a month, that warning shows up. It just did before I wrote this thread. I reset the SMC and now it's gone, should I be worried?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Depends on the age of the battery.
    Download coconutBattery and make a screenshot and attach it to your next post.

    ______________________________________________________
    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
    Apple Notebook Battery FAQ by GGJstudios
    The F.A.Q. includes the following topics:
    • BATTERY INFORMATION
    • BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE
    • AC POWER
    • CALIBRATION
    • BATTERY LIFESPAN
    • CHECKING STATUS AND HEALTH
    • CHARGING
    • WHAT IS A CYCLE?
    • BATTERIES ARE NOT COVERED
    • BULGING OR SWELLING BATTERY


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  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    You need a new battery is what it's telling you. If it's

    - under warranty
    - significantly less than 1000 charge cycles

    It'll be free. Otherwise you'll be looking at £100 ish.
     
  4. IIIORIsDude thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hope this helps!
     

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  5. Erasmus macrumors 68030

    Erasmus

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    Take it to an Apple genius, and be really nice. If you have Applecare, you should be able to get a new battery. If not, you might get one for free anyway if they like you.
     
  6. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    If your machine is under warranty, you will get a free replacement battery :)
     
  7. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a

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    My 2006 BlackBook did that... I replaced the battery... 4 months later it said the same thing.... :( I took it back and they gave me a new battery... 2 weeks later the battery swelled and broke the keyboard on top and broke the bottom cover (how I didn't notice, idk but haha :D ). They gave me a new bottom and a new battery... Then it happened again... Then they gave me a new White MacBook Unibody... And let me keep the BlackBook... Win :) Now I'm back on the original battery and now the BlackBook lives on the desk and the White one was sold for £560 :)

    Pretty good for £100 (price of the new battery)... But then probably cost me £200 in petrol getting there...
     

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