Older MBP Battery Replacement Questions

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  1. jbsmithmac macrumors regular

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    I have a mid-2009 MBP Unibody (MacBookPro5,5, MB990LL/A) that could use a new battery as it looses about 15-20% of a full charge in sleep mode over 8 hours...and will be completely depleted in about 2 - 3 hours of use.

    It does have a samsung 830 SSD in it with a fresh install of ML, but other than that its bone stock still working well.

    That said I know Apple will replace the battery for $130. I don't mind paying this but for something this simple the Apple Store is a bit out of my way to make it worth it (1 hour car ride each way).

    So I've seen many places selling a battery to replace mine with, but how do I know what to buy - search by Apple Part number? Are ebay batteries OK? I know some will say this is why you pay the $130 to Apple - which I'll do if I'm not confident I'm buying the right thing.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    Don't buy cheap batteries.

    Of all the stories you'll see of batteries burning/exploding it's always the cheap Ebay batteries that do it.

    Just my insight. I would never use a cheap battery.
     
  3. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^^ Yeah I won't (I've got lots of horror stories from RC Lipo's). Just with computer batteries I don't know where to buy from.

    I've looked at ifixit, but for their price I should just make the trip to the apple store since it's not much more.

    If the apple store is the way to go, then that's what I'll do - just looking to see what others recommend.
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    In this case you won't really save money by going non-Apple so you may as well pay Apple to do the work.
     
  5. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    Agreed, go with Apple. And if anything messes up, they'll be responsible.
     
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