Mid 2010 White Macbook - Battery

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by xreyuk, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. xreyuk macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Hey guys,

    I'm in the UK, does anyone know where I'll be able to find a spare battery for the above model laptop?

    I know Apple say that it needs to be changed by an authorised repair specialist but they look easy enough to do, just wondered where to get the battery from?

    My Macbook is 2 years 4 months old, and has gone through 648 full cycles on the battery, the battery is at 79% health. This seems a low cycle count for the health to me (it's supposed to be 1000 cycles right?). I know Apple's battery warranty is 1 year, but I got 3 years AppleCare, is it worth a go trying to get them to replace it?

    I also understand that letting the battery run low and recharging it every day is not good for the Lithium Ion batteries?
  2. 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

    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.
  3. xreyuk thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Thanks for the information related to charging, your post looks helpful.

    Regarding your other links to the Apple website, I have seen those links, however, because I have a unibody Macbook it says the battery should only be serviced by Apple or an authorised reseller.

    Having seen the inside of my MacBook to upgrade the RAM, and looking at the videos on YouTube, it is not very hard to change one of these batteries, simply a case of unplugging a cable, and removing the battery. I don't want to pay someone else to do something that easy.

    My question was aimed at getting 'knockoff' batteries, but I wondered if anyone knew where I could find a genuine battery? Apple understandably don't sell them, because they say they aren't upgradeable without taking them into a store. So if anyone knows where to get a genuine battery, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks for your post :)
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apple is the only source for the built-in batteries, and they don't sell them without installing them. Any others are knock-offs, as Apple hasn't licensed its battery technology to any other firms.
  5. xreyuk thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Thanks for the information.

    No doubt Apple will try and overcharge me, so will try the warranty route in desperation first.

    Thanks :)

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