Macbook Pro Battery question

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  1. taybot macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a macbook pro 15".

    model identifier is macbook pro 2,2

    My problem is if I don't have this laptop plugged in, it dies after about 30 minutes. I was wondering, if I get a new battery, will that let me keep it unplugged for a few hours, or at least longer than 30 minutes, without it dying?

    And if so, where do I buy a battery at? Is this the right link:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MA348LL/A?aosid=p204&siteid=1503186&program_id=2554&cid=OAS-EMEA-AFF&tduid=a9036365524f205aa2f358074946bf81&mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY#overview

    Basically, I'm worried about buying a battery, because I'm not sure if it will fix my problem, of only having thirty minutes to use my computer when it's not plugged in.

    Is there a way to figure out how worn out my battery is, by clicking something or some icon? Clicking the icon in the top right, doesn't seem to be quite what I'm looking for because that just says

    Better Energy Savings
    Normal
    Better Performance


    I don't know what that means. But more importantly, I'm pretty sure it doesn't give me the information I'm looking for. I want to know how good of shape my current battery is in.

    thank you very much for your help!
     
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  3. taybot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks spinnerly,

    that post was very helpful! No I haven't calibrated my battery, I don't even know what that means.

    Ok under battery health & cycles it says:

    Cycle count: 344
    Condition: Poor

    So I guess that clears it up, right? I should buy a new battery?
     
  4. taybot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't realize it is bad to always keep your laptop plugged in. But that is exactly what I do. If I didn't, it would die in 30 minutes. so I'm not sure what to do here??
     
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    yeah, your battery's life is about up.
     
  6. taybot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK so I think I'm going to buy a new battery. My last question is should I get the one that I linked to in the first post in this thread? I'm wondering, how do I know if I have a Macbook Pro or a macbook pro aluminum.

    I know that's a dumb question. Well I'm pretty sure I don't have an aluminum but I just want to be positive. Is there anywhere I can click to find out for sure? Thanks!

    Also, what should I do with my old battery, once my new one comes? Can I throw it away like a piece of trash or what?

    thanks!
     
  7. taybot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ugh, my model identifier just says MacBookPro 2,2

    it doesn't mention aluminum

    But on the pictures you posted, what looks like my laptop is labeled aluminum. And to make it more complicated, this one: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MA348LL/A?mco=MTI1NDU2NjQ


    even looks like my battery when I take it out. I'm just not sure though, because those pics you posted say aluminum next to the laptops that look like mine. Mine is the 15" in the bottom left.

    so I still can't figure this out.

    any help? thx!
     
  8. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    That's the one your MacBook Pro would resemble most (that line has gone through minor changes in terms of the enclosure over the years)
     
  9. spinnerlys Guest

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    From following the link I provided in my earlier post (right below the first image), you either have this or that model.

    It's a 15" Core 2 Duo Aluminium MacBook, battery can be found here.

    This time around:

    Apple on notebook batteries

    Apple Portable: Calibrating your computer's battery for best performance
     
  10. taybot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok that's what I thought but I just got thrown off because that pic showed my model and it says aluminum underneath, so I wanted to be sure I wasn't supposed to get the aluminum battery.

    I already through that Battery FAQ thread and I found it really helpful. Do you agree with that part that says not to keep your laptop plugged in though?

    thx for your help!
     
  11. taybot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok guys i need your help again. Do you know of any websites that sell these batteries? I can't do it through the mac's website because they won't ship to PO Boxes. do you know of any websites that sell mac batteries?

    thx!
     
  12. rkmac macrumors 6502

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    OWC sells batteries here.
    However, I do not believe they are Genuine Apple Parts. They seem to be 3rd party batteries.
    OWC is one of the best suppliers of 3rd party parts for Apple Computers though, so I would say they are fine.

    EDIT: Another similar thread popped up this morning:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1036830
    It seems its best not to buy 3rd party batteries. Hopefully someone can find you genuine ones not through apple.
     
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  14. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Have it shipped to where you work?
     

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