Need new battery for A1286 Early 2011 MacBook Pro, suggestions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MisterKeeks, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Starting to want a new battery for this MacBook Pro, as the current one is showing its age. There are many for $55-60 on eBay that claim to be "genuine," but I suspect that they are not. I have also looked on Amazon, where it seems a genuine battery is more than $100. There are, however, some well reviewed batteries on Amazon. This "LQM" battery has 4.5 stars/53 reviews, this "Key Power" has 4 stars/200 reviews, this "Lizone has 4 stars/100 reviews.

    I imagine these all come from the same factory, but does anyone have any experience with these generic batteries, or any other generic batteries to recommend?

    Otherwise I will try and obtain a genuine Apple one.
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
  3. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    Just had one fitted at Apple store for USD 126. If you can get it from ifixit then do it. I am located oversea hence the shipping is very costly. Don't get those generic ones unless you plan to sell it soon. I am expecting to use my early 2011 for another 2-3 years.
  4. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I was shocked to learn that the actual Apple battery only has a 90-day warranty so if you're comfortable doing the swap yourself I'd say go for it with whichever battery gives you the most peace of mind.
    I saw batteries on Amazon that had a 1-year warranty.
  5. ljjycss macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2016
    I am not dare enough to buy battery from amazon. From my experience, bad reviewed items are very often bad, but well reviewed items aren't always good. Anyone can review any item on amazon and verified purchase reviews could also be paid by seller. Just got a 2011 A1286 battery swapped at apple store for 130USD excluding tax. The new battery was manufactured within 90 days, so it is quite new. Note that any part from apple comes with a 90 days warranty. If you want to do it at apple, I suggest do it fast. Any apple product older than 5 years becomes obsolete and loses service support from apple.
  6. MisterKeeks thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Based on the cost, I think I will be going with one of the well-reviewed Amazon ones, and hoping for the best.

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