Battery replacement for 2009 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hephaestus, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. Hephaestus macrumors 6502

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    Greetings All,

    I was hoping you guys could give me some advice. My MBP from 2009 is still in great shape, not a single scratch and recently I added an SSD. Funnily enough, it's snappier than my 2012 iMac, and with 8GB of RAM, I can see no valid reason to get rid of it and spend another £1500 on a new MBP.

    The only thing letting it down is the battery life. I can only get about 2.5 hours of it now, and I think it only has 60% or so of its original capacity. According to iStat it's had 907 charge cycles with 56% capacity remaining.

    Has anybody here had a battery replacement done by Apple? I've done some research, and from what I've seen, it will cost in the region of £100. That's a lot better than shelling out £1500, but I'm not sure if it will be worth it. Does anyone know if Apple still manufacturers new batteries for these older MBP's?

    If I buy a battery from Apple, will it be a battery that has been sat in their warehouse for several months, with 85% capacity? Or will it be a brand new battery, recently manufactured, with 95-100% capacity?

    I guess I'm looking for past experiences from anyone here. Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you've got a 13" MBP, Apple still makes brand new batteries that will fit in that computer.
     
  3. Hephaestus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a 15" model, does Apple no longer make new batteries for the 15"? If so, that seems a little odd.
     
  4. T5BRICK, Sep 13, 2014
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    T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I probably should have phrased that better. Apple still makes a non retina 13" MBP, which uses the same battery as the 2009 13" MBP.

    Your best bet would be to ask Apple, but I doubt they have 18 month old batteries sitting on their shelves.
     
  5. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    I got a brand new battery last year for my 13" that had no cycles on it. It was about $200 USD. I would hope they would still have 15" batteries in stock since the newest models were still sold a few years ago. It will definitely improve things though. It gave my 13" some new life when I thought it was a goner!
     
  6. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502

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    MBP 2010 Battery replacement experience

    Hi there,

    I have let Apple replace my Battery two month ago. I do have a similar situation. Computer is still like new, got 1TB of SSD in there and its very fast. Does everything I want it to do, so a new Battery is always a good idea and the cheapest way possible to make your initial purchase cheaper through longer usage.
    If my computer will work for another 4 years with this Battery, the very high price of the 17' premium model will be real cheap across 8 years of usage.
    My Battery made a big difference. It feels new and holds more charge a lot longer. Its like 4 years ago. I am sure the Batteries are fairly new, especially if you buy it in a very busy Apple Store. There tons of people that always come in to get a new Battery, meaning shelf live of Batteries should be very low. And thats even better with a 15' mainstream model thats very common.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    They have batteries on their shelves for my 2008 15" at my local Apple store.
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Yes, but when were they manufactured?
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'm guessing I'd only know by opening the package, which inherently means buying a battery I don't need. So, unfortunately, I can't answer that.
     

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