Maximum Life Battery? New Battery Needed For Late 2008 Unibody Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PeteJames, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. PeteJames macrumors regular

    PeteJames

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    My battery is pretty well worn and i'm looking for a new one from either apple of a 3rd party. I want one better than the original battery my macbook pro came with though to give the maximum duration possible. The latest ones are about 7.5hrs (advertised - do they last anything like that in real life?). I can't remember my late 2008 lasting any more than 2hrs in reality.

    Can I only get the standard apple replacement with the same battery life as I originally got or are there other options?

    Cheers,
    Pete
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Since 2009 Apple used non-user-replaceable batteries in its MacBook Pros, which are bigger than the user replaceable battery in your 2008 MBP, thus have more capacity and have a longer battery life.
    You cannot use one of those newer batteries with your MBP, you need to get a compatible one, like the one Apple sells here.

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    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
    Apple Notebook Battery FAQ by GGJstudios
    The F.A.Q. includes the following topics:
    • BATTERY INFORMATION
    • BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE
    • AC POWER
    • CALIBRATION
    • BATTERY LIFESPAN
    • CHECKING STATUS AND HEALTH
    • CHARGING
    • WHAT IS A CYCLE?
    • BATTERIES ARE NOT COVERED
    • BULGING OR SWELLING BATTERY


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  3. PeteJames thread starter macrumors regular

    PeteJames

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    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

    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
     

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