Recommendations for replacement batteries?

Mattjc

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So my macbook battery has depleted over the years until i've finally been faced with a 'service battery' warning on my battery tab.
Obviously apple charge a load for replacement - has anyone fitted a new battery for a macbook pro themselves after buying it online? Was it cheap? How does it perform? and where from? (I used a mbp mid-2012 13").
It's very hard to tell because Apple's opinion is obviously 'Don't do it yourself, let us do it, it's the only way'.
 

magbarn

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Oct 25, 2008
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So my macbook battery has depleted over the years until i've finally been faced with a 'service battery' warning on my battery tab.
Obviously apple charge a load for replacement - has anyone fitted a new battery for a macbook pro themselves after buying it online? Was it cheap? How does it perform? and where from? (I used a mbp mid-2012 13").
It's very hard to tell because Apple's opinion is obviously 'Don't do it yourself, let us do it, it's the only way'.
It's easy to do, you just need a high quality phillips screwdriver and a tri-wing type I believe. My issue with 3rd party batteries is that they don't last as long as the real ones.
 

snaky69

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Mar 14, 2008
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So my macbook battery has depleted over the years until i've finally been faced with a 'service battery' warning on my battery tab.
Obviously apple charge a load for replacement - has anyone fitted a new battery for a macbook pro themselves after buying it online? Was it cheap? How does it perform? and where from? (I used a mbp mid-2012 13").
It's very hard to tell because Apple's opinion is obviously 'Don't do it yourself, let us do it, it's the only way'.
I'd recommend OEM.

I've seen first hand and heard/read too many horror stories with third party batteries catching fire, swelling or flat out dying in a matter of months.

Seriously though, you bought a premium laptop, don't cheap out on a battery that could cause problems with it.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery or power adapter, due to the number of problems reported with "knockoffs". Also, there is no assurance that knockoff batteries or adapters have the same charging technology that Apple uses, involving the battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board. It's not worth it to risk your $2000 MacBook on a non-Apple battery or power adapter, just to save a few bucks.
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.
 
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