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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by deen456, May 10, 2007.
Just a Q - Do the refurbished macbooks that apple store sells come with a brand new battery?
i think its just pot luck as with any refurb. But you never know, youu might get lucky!
really? so I could potentially be getting a 70 or 80% capacity battery?
as far as i know, but batteries go cheap on ebay if your that bothered. It would cost apple to replace batteries in refurbs. I would have thought that items that need to be refurbished are returned relatively early in their lifespan, so battery life wouldnt be that bad.
Thats just the hit and miss factor of buying a refurb!
The battery on mine had never been used. A lot of refurbs are simply open-box items which Apple can't resell as new anymore, so they haven't been used.
The refurbished MacBook I got did not have any cycles on it.. so I'm guessing it's a new battery unless Apple takes the time to clear that kind of information on old batteries?
I wouldnt have thought thats the sort of thing they can clear from the battery. Doesnt the battery do some sort of test on the battery to work it out when you calibrate it, rather than just keep count?
I saw a refurbished ibook G4 years ago that was only out of the store for a week! you never know what condition "refurbished" really is untill you look inside. it could be possible that it was an open box or floor model that stayed plugged in.
Refurbished machines are generally less than 10 days old. I'd save myself some brain cells by not worrying about getting a 99.99% battery.
It is like you ever intended to actually "use" it on the road, just taking it out in a cafe is good enough
I bought a 15" MBP earlier this year, and the battery had about 40 cycles on it.
You're right that they can't turn the clock back on the battery, but on average I would say that it will have been used less than two weeks.