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Macbook Pro isn't charging anymore

DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Registered User regular
Yeah so in the last week my Macbook Pro (which I got in Dec of 2007) stopped charging. It'll only turn on when it's plugged in (since it's at 0% battery life now) and I'm fairly certain that it's because of the battery. I swapped my battery with my bro's and it worked fine, and when I put my battery in his macbook it wouldn't charge.

So my question is, is there anything I can do to get it to charge or do I need to buy a new battery?

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    xzzyxzzy Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Lithium Ion batteries lose about 20% capacity a year, so it seems like the battery is dead a little bit sooner than it should be, but usage patterns and environment can have an effect on this. Once they die, they're dead for good.

    So, yes: go buy a battery.

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    Donkey KongDonkey Kong Putting Nintendo out of business with AI nips Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    You need to buy a new battery.

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    DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Well that was easy enough. I'll stop in at an Apple Center in the next few days

    Thanks guys!

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    i would see if they will replace it for free. i think its something like if the health drops below a certian threshold under 300 cycles or something like that.

    i had a lemon battery on my macbook

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    Donkey KongDonkey Kong Putting Nintendo out of business with AI nips Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    After two whole years, it's pretty tough to say the wear on any battery is out of spec.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    probably but its worth a shot depending on his charging habits

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    GnomeTankGnomeTank What the what? Portland, OregonRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    My wife and I were able to wrangle Apple in to replacing our dead battery under AppleCare, but it took some arm twisting. Their normal policy is to never replace batteries, ever. We also had to have a 400 dollar service addon to get it. Frankly, I recommend AppleCare anyway. I almost never buy any sort of extended warranty, but with as many issues as we had with her MacBook, it was completely worth it.

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    RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Apple's policy is most certainly not "never replace a battery". Obviously, Apple will replace any defective battery so long as it hasn't been misused/abused. I also can't fathom what "$400 service charge" they could have possibly levied to do it. It doesn't even cost that much to have the battery in a unibody Macbook replaced.

    I'm also curious what issues you've run into and what Apple did to resolve them, but that's kind of off topic.

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    AriviaArivia I Like A Challenge Earth-1Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    RBach wrote: »
    Apple's policy is most certainly not "never replace a battery". Obviously, Apple will replace any defective battery so long as it hasn't been misused/abused. I also can't fathom what "$400 service charge" they could have possibly levied to do it. It doesn't even cost that much to have the battery in a unibody Macbook replaced.

    I'm also curious what issues you've run into and what Apple did to resolve them, but that's kind of off topic.

    I believe he's talking about AppleCare as the $400 addon. The price for an MBP approached that at one point, at least.

    Fun fact: AppleCare costs more on a $2500 MBP than it does on a $27,000 Mac Pro. D:

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    RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    You're right, he probably does mean AppleCare. It's (currently) $349 for the MBP--$100 more than AppleCare on a Mac Pro. It shouldn't have affected his ability to get a defective battery replaced either way, though. Should being the operative word. :)

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