MBP Battery Replacement Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ChaosAngel, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. ChaosAngel macrumors member

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    I have an old 15" MacBook Pro (Rev E). It uses "A1175" battery, which unfortunately is known to be notoriously bad at retaining charge.

    My battery has been 100% dead for some time and need replacing. Although Apple would like to charge me £99 for the pleasure.

    However, I have found plenty of compatible third party batteries on ebay (see below). The specification and feedback looks good and they are a fraction of the price Apple are charging (just £29).

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Battery-Apple...pBatteries&hash=item3f05b46fc2#ht_5054wt_1135

    Does anyone have any experience with these third party batteries? Are they safe? Do they do the job?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's your choice, but I would never trust a battery that didn't come from Apple. Others may be fine, but I don't want to risk my MBP for the sake saving a few dollars on a battery.
     
  3. ChaosAngel thread starter macrumors member

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    I would normally totally agree with you. To be honest this is actually for my secondary MacBook Pro, not my main machine. I realise that shouldn't matter, but it's one of the reasons why I don't want to spend a small fortune.

    Also, from what I have read (and my experience) the A1175 Battery from Apple is actually really bad, with reports of the health falling below 40% after just 100 cycles!

    I guess I was thinking, how much worse can the third party batteries be?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I think it has more to do with how the battery is used and cared for, such as calibrating properly and regularly, and cycling the battery on a regular basis.

    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions: Apple Notebook Battery FAQ
     
  5. al2o3cr macrumors regular

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    Given that flaky Li-ion batteries have been known to CATCH FIRE, I'd say pretty bad. I can't speak to the particular battery you've linked to, but £70 seems like a pretty small amount to risk disaster over. If this was, say, a not-liable-to-catch-fire part of the machine it might be a little different...
     
  6. Wingscofounder macrumors member

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  7. ChaosAngel thread starter macrumors member

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    Great price. Just £43, including international shipping. However is this product official Apple? Or is it just the same that I am looking at on ebay?
     
  8. JFreak, Dec 30, 2010
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    Full Charge Capacity: 3284 mAh @73cycles

    Twice.

    Next time I'm going to try a 3rd party battery, and I will, because this laptop is not ready to be scrapped yet (still it's not usable as a laptop since it cannot hold its charge for an hour)

    Nope.

    I have used two such Apple-original batteries in accordance to Apple instructions, and they both have failed before 100 cycles. This must be due to bad design or some other kind of hardware fault, because no other model has behaved like this before.

    And now I'm afraid of buying a new MBP because they do not use user-replaceable batteries :eek:
     
  9. Wingscofounder macrumors member

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    It is not an apple branded battery from what I can tell, however, owc is a very reputable company (IMHO). They do not give the "major" brand's name either. I have never bought this type of battery from them, just happened to see it. So this is just something I noticed after reading your thread.
    Cheers,
    Warren
    P.S. Happy New Year to all:D
     

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