Macbook battery probs :(

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Ted Danson, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Ted Danson macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010

    I have an old white C2D macbook that I got back in '07 from Apple UK. Currently have it running Snow Leopard all up to date etc.

    Recently I have experienced random shutdowns when running from battery power, like at 60%, no where near low power really.

    I tried recalibrating the battery, and resetting the PRAM like it says on one of the Apple support pages, but the problem still persists :(

    It is fine when run off AC mains power, so this leads me to deduce that the battery is FUBAR.

    I'm pretty sure I'm now out of Apple warranty, so what can I do? (apart from buying a new battery from ebay etc)

    Please help!

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Warranty wouldn't cover it this far out anyways. You can use it off mains or buy a new battery- if it's powering off at 60% remaining it's probably a dead cell.
  3. Ted Danson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    Thought so :(

    Just wondering if anyone had any methods that might revive the cells (like warming them up etc.)

    Never mind...
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If the cell is dead, there is no afterlife.
  5. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    If you got 3 years out of a 2007 battery then you got your money's worth.

    I go through 1 a year. They're only rated for about 300 cycles.

    $50-$60 on ebay (original Apple)
  6. DeborahRuth macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    can I trust ebay to buy a decent battery?

    I will have to replace a bulging pregnant battery on my 2008 white 13" MacBook - there are still lots of cycles left, as I generally use it more with wall power than battery, even after all these years. Looks like $129 from Apple Store. I am looking for a bargain. Any opinions about trusting ebay when battery shopping?
  7. 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

    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions:
  8. philj473 macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2012
    change of battery but macbook does not pick it up?

    hi guys

    I have a macbook 2009 model details below:
    Processor 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E53)

    my old battery had finally died, so i brought a replacement battery however my macbook wont pick it up, i have reset my power mode but no luck can anyone help me ??

    sorry i reposted on here but i dont know how to start a new thread :\
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Did you buy an Apple battery, or a knockoff?

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