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New Battery for Macbook white

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wendyfromchesterfield Calculating status...
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Nov 21, 2012 12:40 AM

My Battery isn't holding much charge as it used to, can I purchase a battery and fit myself or do I have to go into a Apple store for them to fit?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 8:23 AM (in response to wendyfromchesterfield)

    Whether you can replace the battery yourself depends on which model of MacBook you have. Up through the Mid-2009 model the plastic MacBooks had batteries that you could pop out in a moment and replace. Apple sells the batteries for these models for about $129 (in the USA, other countries may vary.) Other users have reported being able to get similar batteries (though of course without the Apple warranty) for $20-30 off of eBay.


    If you have a later plastic MacBook, the battery needs to be replaced at an Apple store or service provider. They are not user replaceable.


    Best of luck.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,465 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 10:40 AM (in response to wendyfromchesterfield)

    The white MacBooks all have user relaceable batteries. You must be careful with a lot of replacement battery sellers as they are frequently peddling old stock or inferior products.


    I have a black 2006 model and have had good luck with the NuPower high capacity batteries. I have also used this brand in an MacBook Pro and a Powerbook G4.


  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,980 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 11:38 AM (in response to wendyfromchesterfield)

    You can get a new third party battery fairly cheap on eBay. Every MacBook from 2006 through Mid 2009 except the Late 2008 Aluminum Unibody and the Late 2009 and 2010 White Unibodies use the same A1185 battery.

    White Batteries &_dmpt=Laptop_Batteries&_odkw=macbook+black+battery&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0. m 270.l1313


    Or for $129 from The Apple Store

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 1:29 PM (in response to wendyfromchesterfield)

    That model is the MacBook Early 2009.

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to wendyfromchesterfield)

    That's pretty much a decision you'll have to make for yourself. Some people will find the fact that it is an Apple battery worth more than the approximately $100 they save, others will not. Plenty of customers have been satisfied both ways and a number of people have been unhappy with their purchases both ways.

  • James Merolla Calculating status...
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    Nov 21, 2012 6:11 PM (in response to wendyfromchesterfield)

    I really don't know why so many people think that Apple NEEDS to replace that battery in the store.  It's simple.  If you have an average IQ and can follow instructions then you can do it.  What do you think is going to happen if you take it to the apple store? A wizard is going to wave a magic wand??? Lol it's just a person with some screwdrivers charging you to put a battery in because you didn't want to bother to take a minute and figure it out.  Look, if you product is new, under warranty, and they will do it for free, then fine.  But if you have a 3 year old laptop I'm sure as heck not going to pay somebody to do something that I can do myself.  For all you smart people out there, here is how you do it: /1


    Hint: If you don't have a tri-wing screw driver, you can get one online for around 5 bucks, otherwise, the end of a pointy knife works just fine.

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,980 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 6:56 PM (in response to wendyfromchesterfield)

    The model 5.2 uses the easily removable A1185 battery


    Removing the battery:

    1. Shut down the computer. Disconnect any cords connected to the computer.
    2. Turn the computer over.
    3. Locate the battery latch on one side of the battery.
    4. Use a coin to turn the latch a quarter-turn clockwise. The battery should pop up slightly.
    5. Lift the battery out.

    1 Remove battery.jpg


    Installing the battery:

    1. Place the right side of the battery into the battery compartment at an angle, as shown below.
    2. Gently press the left side of the battery down until it sits flat.
      2 Install battery.jpg
    3. While holding the battery down, use a coin to turn the latch a quarter-turn counter-clockwise. The battery should lock into place.

    Note: Keep in mind that once the new battery is inserted, you will need to press the power button to start up the computer.


    I've bought used MacBooks off of eBay for my family, seven of them so far over the last 4 years. I've bought 8 batteries off of eBay sellers, just going with the cheapest. Only had one with a problem, it gave out after 6 cycles. That one was replaced under the warranty by the seller. The only other batteries that have been a problem were Apple branded batteries that started bulging. I've had two of those happen.

    Apple doesn’t make any batteries. They buy them from the same manufacturers that the third party sellers are buying from. The only difference is that Apple has their logo imprinted on the battery.


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