Replacement Batteries on ebay Question

Merkava_4

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I see batteries listed on ebay as "Genuine Apple," FLOUREON," or no name at all. Prices range from $20 to about $58. The obvious question would be: is there a difference?
 

GGJstudios

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I see batteries listed on ebay as "Genuine Apple," FLOUREON," or no name at all. Prices range from $20 to about $58. The obvious question would be: is there a difference?
With prices that low, they're almost certain to be knockoffs. I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery or charger, due to the number of problems reported with "knockoffs". Also, there is no assurance that non-Apple components will have the same charging technology that Apple uses, involving the battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board. Apple has not licensed its MagSafe adapter technology to any 3rd party. It's not worth risking your Mac to save a small amount of money.
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.
 

Merkava_4

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Sep 4, 2010
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With prices that low, they're almost certain to be knockoffs. I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery or charger, due to the number of problems reported with "knockoffs". Also, there is no assurance that non-Apple components will have the same charging technology that Apple uses, involving the battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board. Apple has not licensed its MagSafe adapter technology to any 3rd party. It's not worth risking your Mac to save a small amount of money.
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.
GGJstudios, thank you for taking the time to answer the question. Much appreciated.
 

endlightend

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Nov 5, 2013
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I would say it depends on your need as well. There's no way that aftermarket stuff compares to OEM, but ebay has actually become a place where I'm more and more confident of doing my shopping on.
I just bought a replacement battery for a black pre-unibody Macbook from 2006. For a 7 year old laptop, I just want something to make it run, and Apple hasn't dropped their prices for batteries that aren't even in use anymore for any of their supported products. (My Macbook is considered vintage.) I spent $20 and the seller offers a 3 year warranty. No matter how you look at it, it beats going to Apple for $120+ and a one year warranty.
The battery isn't as good but it gets the job done.
 
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