Battery of MBP 2010 is losing charge quickly. Worth to invest further?

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  1. hajime macrumors 601

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    Hello, although I got my MBP 2010 17" in 2010, I have used it for about 2.5 years only. When there was a problem with the system about two months ago, Apple did a full check. They found that the battery is losing its ability to hold charge. I think the battery health was like 75-80%. Not quit remember the value. Recently, after fully recharging the battery, it loses charge quickly. Could very cold weather lead to this? What will happen if I do not do anything? I plan to delay the purchase of a new laptop until next year due to disappointments of MBP 2016. I am waiting for Kabylake MBP or SurfaceBook.
     
  2. kohlson macrumors 65816

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    The battery needs replacing. It's going on 7 years old. Cold weather doesn't help. If the MBP was working for you before, get a replacement battery and you'll be fine.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    How come the battery fails so quickly even I only used it for a total of about 2.5 years out of 7 years?

    For replacement, which brand do you recommend? Can it be better (can run the laptop longer and hopefully lighter) than the one that came with the laptop originally? Will there be a danger of fire and explosion?
     
  4. Bart Kela Suspended

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    Today's rechargeable batteries are designed for regular usage and a deep drain is better than sparingly light on-battery use then recharging.

    Also, heat is more damaging to batteries, not cold (although extreme cold will be a problem regardless).

    Note that no battery lasts forever, they all lose charge and their ability to hold a charge over time. Seven years is a long time for a notebook battery, regardless of how much you have been using it.

    You could continue to use the MacBook but keep it plugged in all the time. If you want extended on-battery use, you'll have to get the battery replaced. That's up to you: getting a battery replacement quote from Apple or a third-party service center and deciding if it is worth it based on the amount of time you expect to continue using the device.

    I have a Mac mini from 2010, I wouldn't spend a dime on my 7-year-old computer.

    Entirely your call.

    Good luck.
     
  5. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Apple told me that they cannot repair the 2010 MBP 17" as they have dropped the support. They do not stock any component including the battery for this product.
     
  6. Bart Kela, Dec 16, 2016
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    That doesn't stop you using a third-party repair shop for the battery replacement whether they be Apple Authorized or not. Once my Apple products are no longer covered under warranty, I always consider third-party services.

    Again, it is up to you to research your local repair options, get price quotes and figure out yourself if it is worth it.

    To summarize, someone will repair your Mac at $___ cost. You decide whether or not you want to spend the money.
     
  7. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    I can exchange the battery myself as I did for the SSD. Just thinking of which battery product to buy. Any experience with those from ifxit or newer tech?
     
  8. Bart Kela Suspended

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    Well, since this is largely a two-person conversion, my response is no.

    I've never changed a built-in battery on a MacBook, I did buy a replacement for an iBook once. I don't change disk drives either, now that Apple has made it so difficult to do so. I pay a third-party repair shop to do this work for me, I value my time more than tinkering around (and risking damage).

    Anyhow, good luck.
     
  9. piperbarb macrumors newbie

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    I have a mid-2010 13" MBPro of the same vintage, along with a mid-2013 MB Air and 15" late 2013 MBP, so it is not my only laptop. About a year ago, I did replace the battery in the 13" MBP myself. It is not hard to do. There are some very good videos on YouTube showing how to replace the battery, and what tools you need. Also, check out https://www.ifixit.com There are some very reliable 3rd party sources for the battery. The replacement battery I purchased cost about $100. It took about 10 minutes to replace it. If everything else on the computer works well, has no problems, and you still use it, then it would be worth the expenditure. I use my 2010 MBP to back up my iPhone & iPad in iTunes, and also have all my music stored on it. I have the computer plugged into my stereo system, and that works very well. For me, my old MBP has a specific function and it does it very well, so it was worth the $100 investment in a new battery.
    I hope this information helps.

    YMMV.
     
  10. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    On the net, some users wrote that 3rd party batteries including those from newer tech are not reliable. Others wrote that they have no problem. How is their products the past two years?
     
  11. akadafni macrumors regular

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    Well you have a MB that is essentially obsolete. Which makes finding support and parts for it more difficult and expensive
     
  12. Woodstockie macrumors member

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    Last year I bought a battery from eBay for my 2010 and installed it myself, less than 10 minutes. Battery works fine and the MBP 13" still serves it purpose well. I would say: give it a try, still cheaper than buying a new MB.
     
  13. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    The thing I am worrying is that a 3rd party battery might damage my MBP or cause fire. I am going to keep my MBP until Kabe Lake MBP or Surface Book 2 becomes available.
     
  14. nnoble macrumors 6502

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    I'm using a mid 2010 MacBook Pro 15" and day by day I'm realising I've got a machine that could fulfil my needs for some time to come. Apple replaced the battery 18 months ago and I upgraded the original hard disk. Screen has orange tints around the bottom edge but I've normally got it attached to a monitor or projector. It's a nice reliable little workhorse.
     

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