Has my macbook battery worn down too soon?

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  1. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    My 2013 retina macbook pro has thrown the "service battery" warning. What's weird is the battery cycle count does seem to be all that high. Only 539 cycles and 75% capacity remaining?
     

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  2. Maxx Power macrumors 6502a

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    I am not hypothesizing on the cause here, but you should open the macbook up and visually examine if the battery has started bulging. Once it bulges, it is just a matter of time before it warps the baseplate, trackpad and top assembly. That will demand a very expensive and unpleasant repair experience.
     
  3. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No, it's fine. Just recently, Apple replaced the logic board and noticed nothing wrong with the battery visually. It was just above 80% health at the time. It's been getting less and less stable lately, but I just figured thats high sierra being high sierra.

    It's insured, but unless something catastrophic happens and it's not worth repairing, they'll just pay repair costs. I'd rather pay the repair costs myself then risk upping my rates for something fixable.
     
  4. JPack macrumors 68040

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    Cycle count is only one dimension of battery health. The others are heat and state of charge. For example, if you leave a MacBook plugged in all the time, it will degrade the battery.
     
  5. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It is more desktop than laptop, but its not like I leave it plugged in for days at a time.
     
  6. Maxx Power macrumors 6502a

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    There is a safety aspect to this as well. Once the battery starts bulging, it may rupture because the safety margin of space is gone and something can easily bump the machine. If it does, you will have a catastrophe on your hands as it can ignite and burn at very high temperatures. This is not too likely, but excerise caution.

    Apple had a free extended battery replacement program for retina macbook pros for machines just up to and not including the late 2013 models. I think it has ended, but you can look it up and ask if you can still get some level of service. I doubt it as well.

    539 cycles is quite short, especially if you have used your machine as a desktop most of the time.
     
  7. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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  8. leman macrumors G3

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    Batteries degrade with age, regardless of use. Some degrade quicker then others. Its absolutely normal that you battery has to be replaced after 4-5 years of use.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP wrote:
    "Only 539 cycles and 75% capacity remaining?"

    I believe it's the "capacity remaining" that triggers the alert (not the number of cycles).

    Do you have a brick-n-mortar Apple Store anywhere nearby?
    If so, make an appointment for the genius bar and have them check it out.

    I believe a battery replacement runs $200 (parts and labor). Get this discussed in advance, and if the bill tries to add more (for labor), ask politely to see the store manager.

    I'd consider that money wisely spent if you wish to keep using the MacBook a few more years.
     
  10. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I’m not so sure. I could get a lot from iFixit for cheaper. There are a few keys on this keyboard that don’t always hit right, the card reader is dead, one of the speakers sounds distorted if the volume gets too high, it’s been locking up more frequently, and now the battery is throwing warnings.
     
  11. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yep, $199 repair. There is no early 2013 retina MacBook Pro battery replacement campaign they can find, past or present, so beh.
     
  12. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Could be batter expanding squishing logic and keyboard. I would get it looked at soon.
     
  13. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    dude, read just above your post.
     

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