"Service Battery" appearing in sysprefs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by orvn, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. orvn macrumors 6502

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    Lately, my Macbook Pro's battery has been losing charge more rapidly than usual.

    The charge lasts two hours or so of me performing basic tasks (writing, browsing and occasionally compiling code and using the Adobe suite).
    It used to last twice as long.

    So I go in to the power preferences and it tells me "service battery". I usually fix things myself, but I'm wondering why I'm getting that notification? Could something awful happen to my battery?

    I mean, I could buy a new one and replace it myself.. I'm just trying to figure out if there's any degree of urgency involved and why OS X is choosing to notify me of this.

    The Macbook Pro is a 13" unibody from mid-2009 (battery inside, with tri-wing screws). It's out-of-warranty.

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  2. superericla macrumors 6502

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    It's basically just saying that your battery doesn't hold charge very well and you may want to replace it. There isn't any harm in keeping the battery, it just won't last nearly as long as a new one.
     
  3. orvn thread starter macrumors 6502

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