MBP battery replacement - Is it...


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 27, 2008
Is it really necessary to buy a replacement battery from Apple at $130. I have a Model A1226 MacBook Pro3,1
I would appreciate advice! TNX Vats3
After search, I've found the following:

$70 - Anker® New Laptop Battery for Apple A1226 MacBook Pro 15", Aluminum Body as Original (Not Plastic) - 18 Months Warranty [Li-Polymer 6-cell 5600mAh]
100% New from Manufacturer. Up to 500 recharge cycles over the life of the battery.
CE-/FCC-/RoHS-Certified for safety. 24 x 7 email support, 8-hr x 5-weekday call support

$29 - by ExpertPower® 10.8v 5600mAh 6 Cell Li-polymer Laptop Battery for Apple Macbook 15" A1226 12-Month Warranty

$65 - by EC TECHNOLOGY® New Extended Replacement Laptop notebook 6-cell Li-Polymer 5200mAh Battery For Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch, A1226- 12-Month Warranty

$35 - by Laptop Battery HQ APA1175 - Laptop Battery For Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch A1175 A1211 A1226 A1260 A1150 100% money back guarantee within 60 days of purchase Full 1 year warranty


macrumors G4
Oct 14, 2008
Apple's batteries are often of higher quality (hold charge longer etc.). That said, your laptop is what, almost 7 years old now? I would not invest in good-quality components for it. Still, make sure to read some reviews before buying a no-name part - some of them are known to explode etc.


macrumors 6502
Nov 21, 2005
Nah eBay/amazon should suffice. Just do your research as previously stated. I just recently replaced a battery in my old 2006 macbook. So far *knock on wood * its been just as good as any of the official Apple batteries I've had.

If it were a retina or newer model then things change.


macrumors 601
Aug 18, 2009
Upstate NY
My mid 2010 MBP's battery hit 77% last week setting off a 'service battery' warning. It only had 500 cycles when Apple claims 1000 cycles.

I thought about aftermarket, but didn't see the savings to be worth the risk. I went to Apple, explained my issue, and the manager authorized 25% off that $129. Too me, it was worth it for them to do the repair.

Only complaint I have is that the mid 2010 claimed 10 hours battery life when I bought it, but the new battery never seems to claim more than 7 (which is OK, I guess). It's only gone through 2 charges though...


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 27, 2008
OK Good Advice. Avoid expensive components for old machine!

I'll go with the Anker based on reviews and their purported customer service advertisements. Also 6 cells 18month warranty.

Thanks to all for answering!