Is it worth getting a new battery?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by fwebeb, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. fwebeb, Apr 9, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2014

    fwebeb macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2014
    I have a Macbook White late 2009 (A1342) and am getting "service battery" warning (OS X Mavericks), which is understandable as the battery life is down to about 3.5 - 4 hours (from its original 7 hours), and sometimes it doesn't like charging to 100% (will get to about 95% and stops charging).

    I was considering replacing the battery, but was unsure whether the current battery life would be improved upon if i bought a generic replacement, or whether the new battery would be able to deliver the 7 hours battery life that this macbook shipped with.

    Another question would be if i were to buy a new battery, where can i get a reliable generic replacement from (I live in the UK)?

    EDIT: just checked status on iStat Pro - 63% health, only 487 cycles??
  2. J.Dean macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2007
    I've replaced my black Macbook (late 2007 model) battery with a generic one for about $20, which I found on Amazon. It's been around 9 months and the charge drops from 100% to 60% in about an hour, and at around 50% it just shuts down. It doesn't bother me much because I leave my computer at my desk and it's usually plugged it, but if you carry yours around and can't always have the charger attached, I think you'd be better off investing in an Apple-certified replacement.

    The cost of continuously replacing the generic one in the long run would probably be higher than just buying one from Apple.
  3. macunwired macrumors member


    Aug 12, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I agree with J.Dean. In my experience the generics are no good. One out of every 30-40 is a good battery, the rest are pretty bad. Getting the battery from Apple is worth it if you need more power. If you are ok with the amount of battery life your computer has, you can just keep using the one you have. As long as you don't notice any swelling at the bottom of the laptop (under the trackpad), there is no reason to replace the battery.
  4. fwebeb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2014
    hmm... I agree with you both, but unfortunately Apple do not actually stock the battery on their website, because "You're not supposed to replace it yourself" due to it being a unibody model MacBook.

    I was wondering whether Apple do battery replacements at Apple stores, and if so, how much would it cost?
  5. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    You probably already figured this out, but here's the link that answers your questions...

    Looks like £109 inc. VAT

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