Need new battery (A1280) for Aluminum Macbook 5,1 - best off buying from Apple?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by brasskey, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. brasskey macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    I have a late 2011 aluminum Macbook (5,1). I'm at about 650 cycles and I'm getting the "Condition: Replace Soon" status on the battery. Am I best off spending $130 for an Apple battery or are some of the cheaper batteries out there as good? There are so many out there (Amazon, Ebay, etc.) and I thought I'd ask if anyone has suggestions before I buy. Thanks.
  2. neilly93 macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2013
    I bought a "genuine Apple" battery from eBay a few months ago. Wasn't entirely convinced about its authenicity, but it was a third of the price of a new battery duirect from Apple. No issues so far.

    The fact that a new battery costs roughly a third of what the MacBook was worth was what really put me off buying directly from Apple.
  3. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    That's what they make you believe it is.:p
  4. 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.

    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.
  5. brasskey thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008

    Thank you for the links.

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