Battery: Mac or non Mac replacement???

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by goliah, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. goliah, Jun 5, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012

    goliah macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2006
    London, England
    I have a four year old MacBook, 13inch, white and now system profiler is telling me it's time for a replacement.

    Looking around at all the sources and prices for replacement, I was just wondering what the differences are, if any, between, third party replacements that start at about £20 on Ebay and original Apple replacements that start at £45 to over £100 at a my local Apple store?

    Any advice appreciated.
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    Apple does no magic with their batteries, but some of the cheap suppliers sell real crap.

    If you want to save money, search around for where other people bought their replacement batteries to find a good supplier.
  3. iDutchman macrumors 6502a

    May 9, 2010
    Amsterdam, NL
    I'd go with a original Apple battery any time. Those chinese branded batteries degrade must faster. I had a chinese battery for a white MacBook once and the damn thing was at 90% health after 20 cycles.

    They also, sometimes, have different colours (different sort of white used).
  4. goliah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2006
    London, England
    Mac battery replacement

    Thanks, appreciate the sound advise.
  5. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Apple batteries are hit and miss enough from that era, so I would be even less certain of a cheaper third party alternative.
  6. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    Been there, done that. Get what you pay for. Non-Apple batteries are a real crapshoot.
  7. cshel24 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2012
    It's a roll of the dice on non-apple batteries. On the iBook I have, one lasted a few months....this one is still going strong after several months.

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