My battery is possibly swelling, could it be time for a new one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DubLogic19, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. DubLogic19 macrumors member

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    I've noticed that my trackpad has become quite unresponsive in its clicking, mostly on the left side. The further to the right side that I try to click the greater the click response becomes. After doing a bit of research I found that it could be a swelling battery, sounded crazy at first.

    -What are the dangers of just letting it go for now and not looking into it further?
    -Are there ways to confirm that my battery is swelling?
    -What causes the battery to swell and what can I do to prevent it?
    Maybe I should replace it to be safe?
    -Battery Cycles: 180
    -Battery Age 2.6 years
    -Mid 2011 8,2 MBP 10.6SnwLpd
    Thanks guys. :apple:
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Don't leave it. A swelling battery can be dangerous, not just damage to your Mac, but also to you. Take it in and get a genuine Apple replacement.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Macman45 is right, don't delay or leave it. Swelling batteries can explode and you should get apple to look at it ASAP.
     
  4. DubLogic19, Sep 19, 2013
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    Ahh yes, this is such a bummer, prevention is my main concern moving forward. Any ideas?
    Also, would it be a good idea to take the bottom cover off and look at the battery?
     
  5. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    Just take it to a apple store and get it checked/replaced. It happened to my out of warranty 2010 MBP this year and they replaced the battery free of charge :)

    They said the trackpad replacement would cost around $50 if I recall but they didn't need to do it as the only issue was the battery and everything clicked fine after it was replaced.
     
  6. DubLogic19 thread starter macrumors member

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    So are there no known major causes of the swelling?
     
  7. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Lucky you! I have the service battery warning on my 2009 MBP, and they quoted me $100+ for replacement. I declined since there aren't signs of swelling yet, and I plan on replacing it soon anyway.
     
  8. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    180 cycles on a 3 year old machine... sounds like you need a desktop.
     
  9. DubLogic19 thread starter macrumors member

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    Buy me one.
     
  10. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

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    Apple just told me that it's normal (hence not covered by applecare), although I've had a lot of laptops and only ever seen apple batteries do this (every apple laptop I've ever owned, in fact, except the current one that doesn't have a removable battery to swell up).
     

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