Enclosure for old Macbook Pro Battery to use as Power Bank

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thenectar101, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. thenectar101 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2016
    hey there,

    My current battery on my Macbook Pro is now ready for replacement. It still will hold charge for about 2-3 hours of regular use, so I will be replacing it. But was wondering if there was an enclosure that the old battery could be put into to turn it into a battery power bank. If there was a way to make that work, it still holds a charge and could be used to extend the battery life of my mac and possibly even charge my phone as well.

    Does this exist?

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    As far as I can tell this is not something you can buy. No one makes this product.
  3. sinoka56 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    won't it be cheaper and SAFER to buy a power bank?
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you're battery isn't safe or recommended to use in the laptop, why risk it by using it for something else? I'm not getting that thought process.

    I think any money invested in materials or an enclosure is throwing good money after bad
  5. thenectar101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2016
    Power bank for macs are usually over $100, but if there was an enclosure/case built that had a charging port and a discharge port (specifically for macbook) that simply aloud that battery style to be plugged in, you could have a charger for your mac and usb for charging other devices ideally. Even if you could only get 2 hours extra life from that older battery macbook, it would be a nice add on.

    My battery is still safe, just high on cycles and lower on life. I just hate to see a reasonably good battery thrown out, that's all.

    Enclosures do exist, but just for other style batteries:

    Thanks for the thoughts
  6. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    @thenectar101 the case you linked is for a significantly different battery type than that in the MacBook Pro. I suppose one could be built but the money spent on engineering for such a device would NEVER be recovered as the audience would be very narrow. The only Macs that would be supported would be up through 2012 models (the batteries in the Retina models are glued to the topcase) so there is no continuing need for them. Also, the batteries are fragile, it's a soft-sided lithium polymer.
  7. thenectar101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2016
    @hallux good points. the engineering and limited audience would be major kickers. Thanks for your input!

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