Macbook pro replacement batteries: Batteries – Service and Recycling

MacBook Pro battery replacement: everything you need to know

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Tyler Lacoma

A common issue that a lot of MacBook Pro owners run into once they’ve had their laptop for a few years is a bad battery. Your MacBook Pro might seem like it needs to charge all the time or you’re experiencing random shutdowns. Before you replace the entire laptop, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier on your wallet to replace the internal battery. The good news is that there are several options for swapping an old battery out for a new one. Let’s take a look at your options. 

Contents

  • Built-in batteries (2009 and forward)
  • Apple’s free replacement program
  • Removable batteries (before 2009)
  • 2018 and future MacBook battery replacement

Built-in batteries (2009 and forward)

If you have a MacBook Pro that’s a mid-2009 model or newer, your battery is built-in. It’s very inadvisable to try to replace these glued-in batteries by yourself. There’s not even an easy way to reach the battery without taking your MacBook apart. Bottom line? This is a job best left to the professionals.

Generally speaking, to replace these batteries, look for a nearby Apple Store and call them to talk about replacing your battery. They have specialists that will be able to arrange an appointment and get the job done. Apple also has Authorized Service Providers that are trained to replace built-in batteries properly. If there’s no Apple Store nearby or you want the fastest return possible, take a look at the Authorized Service Providers in your area and see which offer battery replacement services.

But there is a significant obstacle to using the option described above: It all depends on how old the MacBook Pro in question is and whether or not Apple considers it to be an “obsolete” product. If the MacBook Pro is too old, like one from 2009, it will likely be considered to be obsolete. Apple says it generally “discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products, with the sole exception of Mac laptops that are eligible for an additional battery-only repair period.” It’s also a bit unclear what makes a Mac laptop “eligible for an additional battery-only repair period.” Apple also says that service providers won’t be able to obtain parts for obsolete products. You can see if your MacBook Pro is considered obsolete by viewing this Apple support guide.

Note that the Apple One Year Limited Warranty does include coverage for a defective battery, which helps take care of costs. The AppleCare+ Protection Plan will also replace any battery that falls below 80% of its original capacity. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay a fee for the new battery and the replacement service.

Apple’s free replacement program

In June 2019, Apple announced that certain MacBook Pro models could suffer from defective batteries that Apple would replace for free. To find out if your device is affected, click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your MacBook Pro’s screen, then click About this Mac. If the pop-up window says “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” you might be affected. You’ll need to copy the serial number from this window and paste it on Apple’s dedicated page to find out if you can get a free battery replacement.

Removable batteries (before 2009)

Around 14 years ago, Apple started a switch from removable batteries to “built-in” batteries that are literally glued into the MacBook framework. Apple’s reasoning here was straightforward: built-in batteries were more compact, safer from a consumer standpoint, and allowed them to keep making MacBooks slimmer and slimmer. However, you cannot replace a built-in battery yourself. Only older MacBook Pros with removable batteries are truly viable for DIY replacements.

So, how do you know for sure if your model has a removable battery? There are two easy qualifiers to note. MacBook Pro models that have removable batteries are:

  • models from before mid-2009, when the battery switch first happened to the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops.
  • models without Retina displays.

If your older Pro matches all of these qualifications, you need to check out the underside of the chassis, where you will likely find a removable battery. The battery should be held in place by a screwed-on or latched panel. If so, you can purchase a new battery for your model. It should be a quick and easy replacement to handle yourself. You’ll find that prices for a new battery run between $20 and $70, depending on your model.

2018 and future MacBook battery replacement

Fortunately, there’s a bit of hope for Apple users who have to replace their batteries. Apple is in the process of developing a new way to swap out Mac laptop batteries. Soon, users will be able to quickly and correctly change out the battery from the comfort of their own living room. 

Previously, it was difficult for anyone to replace the battery at home because the built-in design featured glued-in batteries. They were challenging to remove and required users to replace the laptop’s aluminum top case entirely after the fact. With newer laptops, Apple has pivoted to a new technique. You can replace your older batteries with a new adhesive usingspecialized tools without trashing the whole top case.

This newer replacement method is only compatible with the MacBook Air models 2018 and later, which means you can’t replace the batteries in the 16-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pros. That appears to be true even for the M1 MacBook Pro. If you need to replace the battery in one of these devices, expect to pay at least $249 if you don’t have Apple Care.

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MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Early 2015) Battery

Replace a 6600 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Early 2015). 74.9 Watt Hours (Wh), 11.42 Volts (V).

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MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Mid 2015) Battery

Replace a 8760 mAh battery compatible with a MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Mid 2015). 99.5 Watt Hours (Wh), 11.36 Volts (V.)

$109.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Late 2013-Mid 2014) Battery

Replace a 8880 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Late 2013/Mid 2014). 99 Watt Hours (Wh), 11.26 Volts (V).

$89.99


MacBook Pro 13″ Unibody (Mid 2009-Mid 2012) Battery

Replace a 5800 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Unibody (Mid 2009 to Mid 2012). 63.5 Watt Hours (Wh), 10.95 Volts (V).

$79.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Late 2016-2017) Battery

Replace a 6670 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Late 2016 to 2017 A1707 model laptops. 76 Watt Hours (Wh). 11.4 Volts (V).

$119.99


MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Function Keys, Late 2016-2017) Battery

Replace a 4540 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Function Keys Late 2016 to 2017 A1708 model laptops. 54.5 Watt Hours (Wh). 11.4 Volts (V).

$119.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Mid 2018-2019) Battery

Replace a 7336 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Mid 2018 to 2019 A1990 model laptops. 83.6 Watt Hours (Wh). 11.4 Volts (V).

$129.99


MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Late 2013-Mid 2014) Battery

Replace a 6600 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Late 2013 to Mid 2014 A1502 model laptops. 74.9 Watt Hours (Wh). 11.42 Volts (V).

$109.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Mid 2012-Early 2013) Battery

Replace a 8680 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Mid 2012 to Early 2013 A1398 model laptops. 11.26 Volts (V). 99 Wh (Watt Hours). Battery model A1417.

$89.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody (Early 2011-Mid 2012) Battery

Replace a 6730 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody Early 2011 to Mid 2012 A1286 model laptops. 77.5 Watt Hours (Wh). 10.95 Volts (V). Part #661-5844. Battery model #A1382.

$94.99


MacBook Pro 16″ (2019) Battery

Replace a 8700 mAh battery compatible with the 2019 MacBook Pro 16″ model A2141 laptop. 98.8 Watt Hours (Wh). 11.36 Volts (V). Fix Kit includes all tools and adhesive needed for a successful DIY repair.

$139.99


MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Touch Bar, Late 2016-2017) Battery

Replace a 4310 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Touch Bar, Late 2016/2017). 49.2 Watt Hours (Wh), 11.41 Volts (V).

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MacBook Pro 13″ (A2159, A2289, A2338) Battery

Replace a battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ (A2159, A2289, A2338). 58.2 Watt Hours (Wh), 11.41 Volts (V).

$99.99


MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (A1989, A2251) Battery

Replace a 5086 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Retina model A1989 (Mid 2018/Early 2019) or model A2251 (Four Thunderbolt Ports 2020). 58 Watt Hours (Wh), 11.41 Volts (V).

$129.99


MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Late 2012-Early 2013) Battery

Replace a 6600 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Late 2012/Early 2013). 74 Watt Hours (Wh), 11.21 Volts (V).

$109.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody (Mid 2009-Mid 2010) Battery

Replace a 7080 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody (Mid 2009/Mid 2010). 77.5 Watt Hours (Wh), 10.95 Volts (V).

$94.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Battery

Replace a 4800-5500 mAh battery compatible with all 15″ MacBook Pros (excluding Unibody) models A1150, A1211, A1226, A1260. Part #661-3864. Battery model #A1175.

$59.99


MacBook Pro 17″ Battery

Replace a 4900 mAh battery compatible with all 17″ MacBook Pros (excluding Unibody) A1151, A1212, A1229, A1261 laptop models. Part #661-3974. 71 Watt Hours (Wh). Battery model #A1189.

$59.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Mid 2015) Upper Case Assembly

Replace an upper case assembly compatible with the Mid 2015 MacBook Pro 15″ Retina laptop.

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$299.99

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MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Late 2013-Mid 2014) Upper Case Assembly

Replace an aluminum Upper Case Assembly compatible with the Late 2013 to Mid 2014 model A1502 MacBook Pro 13″ Retina laptop. Includes the backlit keyboard and may include the trackpad and trackpad. Part #661-8154.

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$149.99


MacBook Pro 14″ (2021 A2442) Battery

Replace a 6100 mAh A2519 battery compatible with the 2021 MacBook Pro 14″ model A2442 laptop. 69.9 Watt Hours (Wh). 11.46 Volts (V).

$139.99


MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody (Late 2008-Early 2009) Battery

Replace a 5400 mAh battery compatible with MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody Late 2008 to Early 2009 A1286 model laptops. 50 Watt Hours (Wh). 10.95 Volts (V). Part #661-4833. Battery model #A1281.

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MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Early 2015) Upper Case Assembly

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MacBook Pro 15″ Retina (Late 2013-Mid 2014) Upper Case Assembly

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Mac Notebook Battery Help

Optimize battery life, diagnose battery problems, and request battery service.

  • Optimize battery life

  • Diagnose battery problems

  • Call for battery service

Adjust settings for optimization battery life

Notebook battery life varies by Mac configuration and usage patterns, but can be increased in settings that help save power.

Check battery settings

From the Apple menu  on the menu bar, choose System Preferences, and then choose Battery. To view advanced settings in macOS Ventura or later, select Options.

Battery settings related to power or power modes affect power consumption, as do settings that let you wake up your Mac for network access or optimize video streaming while on battery power. The availability of these and other settings may vary by Mac model.

Learn more about battery settings

Check your display settings

Go to Apple menu  > System Preferences and choose Displays. To go to additional settings, click the “Advanced” button.

Display brightness settings also affect power consumption, including settings that allow your Mac to automatically adjust brightness, compensate for ambient light, or dim the display slightly when on battery power. The availability of these and other settings may vary by Mac model.

Learn more about display settings

Diagnosing battery problems

To successfully diagnose a battery problem, check the condition and charging status of the battery.

Check battery status

Go to Apple menu  > System Preferences and select Batteries. The battery information shown here also includes battery status:

  • “Normal”. The battery is good.
  • Service Recommended. The battery is not holding a charge as well as when it was new, or is not working properly. You can continue to use your Mac, but if the battery needs service or reduced capacity is affecting your performance, contact an Apple Store, Apple Authorized Service Provider, or Apple for battery diagnostics.

In some earlier versions of macOS, the battery status may be displayed as End of Life, Replacement Required, or Service Required and may appear in the battery status menu instead of battery settings. Press and hold the Option (or Alt) key and select the battery status menu from the menu bar.

Some third-party applications also display battery status, but the data they provide may be inaccurate or even indicate reduced system uptime. Your best bet is to rely on the battery health data provided by macOS.

Solve battery charging problems

The battery status menu in the menu bar shows how much charge is left in the battery, whether it is currently being charged, and whether the display or any applications are using a significant amount of power. When your Mac is connected to a power source with Optimized Battery Charging enabled in macOS Big Sur or later, this menu also displays information about the charging pause status and the time until the battery is fully charged.

Occasionally, the battery icon may not display a fully charged (100%) status even after the power adapter has been connected for a long time. This is how the Optimized Battery Charging feature works to help extend the overall battery life. If charging is paused and you need to fully charge your battery as soon as possible, select Fully Charge Now from the battery status menu.

If the battery does not charge, make sure you are using the correct power adapter for your Mac model. If the power adapter doesn’t meet even the minimum power requirement, it may not properly charge your Mac. If you are using the correct power adapter, then make sure it works:

  • If you cannot charge your device using the USB-C power adapter
  • If you cannot charge your device using the MagSafe power adapter

If the battery still won’t charge:

  • Turn off your Mac, close the lid for 30 seconds, and then try charging it again.
  • If you’re using an Intel-based Mac, resetting the SMC might help.

Using Apple Diagnostics

Get battery service

Apple’s one-year limited warranty includes the right to replace a defective battery. If you purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan for your Mac laptop and the battery is less than 80 percent of its original capacity, Apple will replace the battery free of charge. If the customer is not eligible for service, the battery can be replaced for a fee.

Only Apple Authorized Service Providers, Apple Stores, or independent repair providers that use genuine Apple parts can replace internal batteries in MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro notebooks. 1 Repairs performed by unauthorized persons or using non-genuine Apple parts may damage the equipment and such damage is not covered by the warranty. Genuine Apple Parts are also available for out-of-warranty customer service. 2 .

Some older Mac notebooks have removable batteries that you can replace yourself. Contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Store for assistance with servicing a removable battery.

Learn more about the batteries used in Apple products

1. Independent repair providers have access to genuine Apple parts, tools, training, service manuals, diagnostics, and Apple resources. Repairs performed by an independent repair provider are not covered by Apple’s warranty or AppleCare agreements, but may be covered by the provider’s own warranty.

2. The Self Repair option provides customers with access to genuine Apple parts, tools and repair manuals so that those who have trouble with electronic device repairs can perform out-of-warranty repairs on their own. Self Repair is currently available in certain countries and regions for specific Mac models released in 2020 or later. To view repair manuals and order spare parts for the respective models, go to the Self-Repair page.

Information about non-Apple products or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple is not endorsed or endorsed by Apple. Apple is not responsible for the selection, functionality, or use of third party websites or products. Apple is also not responsible for the accuracy or validity of information posted on third party websites. Contact the supplier for more information.

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MacBook batteries and temperature

The first thing you need to know about the use of lithium-ion batteries (these are all batteries of modern laptops, tablets and phones) is that they cannot be left for a long time at very high or low temperatures. The recommended temperature regime for battery operation corresponds to a comfortable temperature for a person (from 10 ° to 35 ° Celsius). That is, you can carry a laptop in a backpack in winter, but you should not leave it overnight at a negative temperature.

The combination of extreme temperature and high or low battery levels damages the cells. The combination of a high battery level and high ambient temperature is most dangerous, such a battery may swell or even catch fire. And in any case, a battery that has experienced severe overheating (or hypothermia) has a drop in available capacity and a reduced service life.

Batteries and moisture in the MacBook

Most often, you need to change the battery after the laptop gets wet. Although, it would seem, what does the battery have to do with it if the keyboard and trackpad are flooded? Indeed, if water only got on the keyboard, the battery does not need to be changed, why change something that works? But most often water penetrates lower, on the motherboard and battery, and at 90% of cases the battery dies a heroic death. The reason is the fuses inside the battery, which prevent short circuits on the board. Therefore, a battery broken after moisture is actually a good sign: most likely, the motherboard remained intact.
What to do if your MacBook gets wet.

How to take care of the battery so that it lasts long and well

Apple believes (and writes on its website) that the battery of a modern MacBook should maintain up to 80% capacity during the first 1000 full charge-discharge cycles. In general, most batteries, in whose fate nothing tragic happened, more or less correspond to this rule. But such things cannot be guaranteed, as we wrote, the battery capacity can drop from completely harmless events (see “Macbook Batteries and Temperature”), so the warranty covers only 1 year and a slight drop in capacity is not a warranty case.

There are a lot of prejudices about how to handle a MacBook so that the battery lasts longer, but almost all such judgments have already lost their relevance or were never true at all, here they are:

  • Memory effect: it is believed that the battery needs to be charged when it is completely discharged, otherwise the maximum capacity of the battery will drop. This is only true for very old nickel-cadmium batteries, since the early 2000s they are no longer used. Lithium-ion batteries have no memory effect, charge them whenever convenient. But it’s better not to charge them for 5 minutes intermittently, the beginning and end of the charge cycle cause a slight wear on the nutrients.
  • You can’t keep your MacBook “on charge” after the laptop is charged. This is a very old and enduring superstition. All modern devices have a “smart” power controller: when the battery is fully charged, the MacBook stops supplying current to the battery and runs on current from the network. Adherents of this superstition apparently still remember how in the 90s they charged AA batteries with the cheapest charger, which did not have such a simple function.
  • You cannot use chargers from other MacBook models. Macbooks are sold complete with chargers of suitable power. But charging from someone else’s model will not damage the battery. In the worst case (MacBook Pro 15 and charging from a small “air”, for example), the laptop simply will not charge.