Is the MacBook Pro battery disappointing? It may have been good when you first bought it, but it's unusual to solve serious issues with charging times, battery power or malfunction. There are indications that it may be time to replace the MacBook Pro battery.
But switching to a new battery is not always as easy as it pops out and snapping a new version into: It all depends on the type of MacBook Pro you have and what goes wrong. Here is everything you need to know.
Built-in Batteries (2009 and beyond)
If you have a MacBook Pro that is mid-2009 or later, the battery is built-in. It is very unfortunate to try to replace these glued batteries yourself. It's not even an easy way to reach the battery without taking your MacBook apart. Bottom line? This is a job that is best left for the professionals.
To replace these batteries, look for a nearby Apple Store and call them to talk about replacing the battery. They have specialists who will be able to arrange an appointment and get the job done. Apple also has authorized service providers who are trained to replace built-in batteries properly. If there is no Apple Store nearby or you want to find the fastest return, check out the authorized providers in your area and see which providers are offering the battery.
Note that Apple One Years Limited Warranty includes coverage for defective battery, which helps to keep costs. AppleCare Protection Plan also replaces battery that falls below 80 percent of original capacity. Otherwise, you will have to pay a fee for the new battery and replacement service.
Apple's Free Replacement Program
There is a special battery replacement offer available for 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) model that was manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. Some Of these models were affected by a defect that made the battery expanded. This does not give much danger (they will not explode or anything), but it can cause many battery problems.
As a result, Apple will replace the batteries on any of these Pros for free. If you think your Pro model may qualify, check your serial number here. Apple gives you valuable information about how to replace your battery if this option works for you.
Removable Batteries (Before 2009)
About ten years ago Apple started a switch from removable batteries to "embedded" batteries that are glued into the MacBook. Apple's reasoning here was straightforward: Built-in batteries were more compact, safer from a consumer perspective, allowing them to keep MacBook's slimmer and slimmer. However, you can not replace a built-in battery. Only older MacBook Pros with removable batteries is really viable for DIY replacements.
So, how do you know if the model has a removable battery? There are two simple qualifying players to notice. Benefits of removable batteries are:
- Models from before in mid-2009, when the battery switch was first made with 13 and 15 inch Pro computers
- Models without The retina shows
If your older Pro matches these qualifications, check out the frame and you will probably find a removable battery that is held with a screwed or locked panel. Buy a new battery for your model and you can quickly replace it yourself. You will find prices for a new battery around $ 50 to $ 80, depending on your model.
2018 and Future MacBook Battery Replacement
A note that looks at the future: Apple starts changing how easy it is to access built-in batteries. Previously, built-in models had glued batteries that were difficult to remove and required to replace the aluminum top case (another reason not to try it at home). With the latest models, Apple tries a new approach, where batteries can be removed with special tools and replaced with new glue without having to replace the entire top case.
Currently, this option is only available for 2018 MacBook Air models. However, there is no doubt that future new MacBook Pro models Apple has planned. Although we do not know if Apple will change the charge for battery replacement, the change should at least make the process faster and more accessible.