Buying battery from non-OEM manufacterers?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rockerus, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. rockerus macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010

    I ordered a replacement battery from eBay which was non-OEM for Macbook Pro 17" mid-2009. It can't be charged. I contacted the seller and he said that I needed to reset the battery by draining it off completely and charging it full, then draining it off completely again. He also told me to reset SMC if the first solution didn't help.

    My question is: Does every non-OEM Macbook battery need to be reset prior to use?

    Thank you :confused:
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Where did you get what exact battery? The 2009 MBPs do not come with user replaceable batteries, thus I thought, only Apple would provide replacements, as the market for non-Apple battery replacements might be too low due to the procedure of replacing the battery.

    Maybe the battery is just defunct?
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    There are lots of "junk" battery floating around. OK to hold u over until u get a new machine, otherwise...
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery, due to the number of problems reported with "knockoff" batteries. Also, there is no assurance that knockoff batteries have the same charging technology that Apple uses, involving the battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board.

    Battery Replacement
    Replacing the built-in battery in your MacBook Pro
    Replacing the Battery in your MacBook Air
    Intel-based Apple Portables: How to replace or service a built-in battery

    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
  5. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    Not sure about the 'NuPower' stuff from OWC, but I have NEVER heard someone say: "Wow, this cheap battery is Great.." :rolleyes:

    ~ NEVER ~

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