where to get cheaper MB 13" battery? 18 month old, 1.5hr battery life is acceptable?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by clevin, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
  2. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    Try to get an Apple Genius to give you a free battery at the Apple Store.

    If your MacBook is over 18 months old, then you probably have a core duo.

    Those particular models had problems with the battery, and so, Apple extended the warranty another year.

    My mom has already exchanged 3 batteries due to problems.

    Much better than paying $130 for Apple's mistake on quality control.
  3. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    really? i definitely will call them today. thanks for the info.
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    If Apple won't replace it for free, you might want to check FastMac. They have a third-party battery for $100 that has a slightly higher capacity than the standard Apple battery.
  5. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    I had two different MacBooks that had the batteries exchanged. Both were over a year old. Apple posted a Warranty Extension on the MacBook batteries for up to 24 months.

    One of the keys though is that the cycle count (under System Profiler) is less than 300.

    I had one at 170 and one at 320, and they decided to replace BOTH of them. You can call them also, instead of going into the Genius bar if you want. The guy I talked to on the phone was great - and exchanged both of them right away. I had a replacement in a couple of days...

    Here is the link:


    I told them mine was only holding a charge for about an hour and a half, and that when the battery % got down to about 40% it just went to sleep, with no warning...

    I would try calling them first, then go to the Genius if that fails...

    Good Luck!
  6. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    thanks, mine is 73, I will call them today and goto store if necessary later this week.

    Thanks all for the info.
  7. clevin thread starter macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    Just Update for you guys, apple rep told me 1.5 hrs battery life is acceptable, the replacement is only for the situation when your battery only lasts about 10 minutes.....

    I will be heading local stores this weekend, see what they say.

    PS. one of the concern (a big one) I have when deciding if I should keep purchasing stuff for this MB (like leopard, etc) is just the quality of this MB. It just always felt like it will die on me soon.

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