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  2. Animalk macrumors 6502

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    yes correct. I would also calibrate your battery before bringing it to apple's attention that way you are as certain as possible of your battery health.

    You can find instructions on calibrating your battery here.
     
  3. tsvb macrumors 6502

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    Sounds about right. When you get up to about 500 cycles that is when you need to replace the battery.

    Again I would calibrate the battery just to be sure that is correct. My MBP's battery is getting up there and I'm not looking forward to replacing the battery.
     
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Go to your local Apple Store or call Apple and they will replace the battery for free if its less than a year old or if you have Applecare :)

    :apple:
     
  5. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    A Slightly related question. Im Currently on 89% after 188 Cycles, will i be under the 300/80% Margin by the time i reach 300 cycles? Im hoping i will to get a free battery, and im not because, well its bad.
     
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Don't sweat it. If it happens you get a free battery, if not you battery meets the specs.
     
  7. zgnoud macrumors member

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    Hi guys i seem to also have crappy battery life (24%) at 51 charge... though i did upgrade my mbp to 4gb ram... would this be a factor if i take it in to apple? i only get like 50~58mins or so of internet use before it dies - this is after calibration.
     
  8. revs macrumors regular

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    The RAM isn't related. you could definitely get a new battery.

    Does it simply shut off with no warnig too? if so then theres a 99% chance of a new battery. I got one in about 10 seconds from the Apple Genius.
     
  9. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Today my battery is showing 98% Health after 189 Cycles...
     
  10. nerd macrumors member

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    My MBP battery is only holding about 20% of its original maximum charge with < 50 cycles on it. It's 16 months old. I took it to a "genius" on Saturday and he told me that was normal (which is pretty hard to believe). I have a 5 year old powerbook battery that has held up better.
     
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Its very cut and dry. According to Apple.com, if you have under 80% with less than 300 cycles its bad.
     
  12. nerd macrumors member

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    Yeah, my problem is that I didn't realize my battery was a lemon until a couple of months after my warranty expired. My MBP is plugged in most of the time. The "genius" I talked to said it was basically my fault for not draining the battery more frequently. Would Applecare have covered me in this situation?
     
  13. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    The key issue is not just one of just cycles, but of lifetime. If you leave your laptop plugged in and do 1 cycle a year, they won't cover you for 300 years if your health drops to 60%.
     
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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  15. eXan macrumors 601

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    My battery is at 194 cycles and iStat reports 100% health, which is bull-$h1t BTW because when it was new I was getting 4+ hours and now only 3-3.5 hours with the same usage, so its not at 100% health anymore.
     
  16. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Unless your battery is miscalibrated, yes it is. iStat reads the same reports from the battery's microcontroller that the OS uses to let you know when the power is gone, and go to sleep.
     
  17. eXan macrumors 601

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    I calibrated it like 3 weeks ago...
     
  18. stuarthatto macrumors regular

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    Late 2007 (December) 15"MBP
    191 cycles 56% capacity
    Applecare just replaced it without question.

    Well done Apple.
     
  19. n8236 macrumors 65816

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    In one word, no. (use warranty, if available, and get it replaced)
     

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