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post #1 of 5
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Hi Guys,

 

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Bought just under 2 years ago. 

 

The battery is finished, is it worth me replacing it myself because im out of warranty of getting Apple to do it in shop for double the cost?

post #2 of 5

Do it yourself. Much cheaper also.

post #3 of 5
I'd say get it done by Apple. They glue the batteries in, which would be a hassle to unstick (heatgun+batteries is dangerous if you don't know what you're doing) and the price isn't that much at $129 + tax:

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_States&product=Macnotebooks

You can source a battery for much less like on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Battery-A1322-fit-Macbook-Pro-13-A1278-2009-2010-2011-2012-/231022051532

but you might be getting some lower quality battery that doesn't last so long on charge or fails sooner. Not worth doing to save ~$70 IMO. I used to buy 3rd party batteries for Apple's older laptops that had replaceable ones and they failed much sooner than the originals. I don't think any lasted more than about 18 months, some expanded in size, some got quite hot or made the charger hot.
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Originally Posted by Marvin View Post

I'd say get it done by Apple. They glue the batteries in, which would be a hassle to unstick (heatgun+batteries is dangerous if you don't know what you're doing) and the price isn't that much at $129 + tax:

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_States&product=Macnotebooks

You can source a battery for much less like on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Battery-A1322-fit-Macbook-Pro-13-A1278-2009-2010-2011-2012-/231022051532

but you might be getting some lower quality battery that doesn't last so long on charge or fails sooner. Not worth doing to save ~$70 IMO. I used to buy 3rd party batteries for Apple's older laptops that had replaceable ones and they failed much sooner than the originals. I don't think any lasted more than about 18 months, some expanded in size, some got quite hot or made the charger hot.

 

 

Hi Thanks for this, me and my partner have researched doing it and it doesn't seem to difficult, i'm use to building machines as it is, but sticking in just seems one step further.

 

I'm pretty certain it's the battery - My girlfriend accidentally spilt water (25ml if that) on the back of her laptop, it wouldn't turn on for a few days, so her friend opened it up, took the memory out and in again and now it works fine BUT only with the charger in.

 

It says the battery doesn't charge, but on the lock screen it says battery percent 83% (same number all the time)

 

Am I safe to assume that it is the battery then, or is it something much further i.e. the motherboard just can't connect to the battery for whatever reason??

 

Thanks.

post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by SamCramphorn View Post

Am I safe to assume that it is the battery then, or is it something much further i.e. the motherboard just can't connect to the battery for whatever reason??

With water damage, it could have damaged parts that charge the battery rather than the battery itself in which case putting in a new battery won't work. You'd be best to have it looked at by an Apple Store or possibly claim for it on insurance. Other people have had similar problems:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1511782
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1526928

It's about time they started putting that water-proof coating onto motherboards.

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