A common problem that many MacBook Pro owners encounter after having had their laptop for a few years is a bad battery. Your MacBook Pro may need constant charging or it may shut down randomly.
Before you swap out the entire laptop, you'll find that replacing the internal battery in your wallet is a lot easier. The good news is that there are several ways to swap out an old battery for a new one. Let's take a look at your options.
Built-in batteries (2009 and onwards)
If you have a MacBook Pro that is mid 2009 or later, your battery is built in. It is not advisable to replace these glued batteries yourself. There's not even an easy way to get to the battery without taking the MacBook apart. Bottom line? This is a task best left to the professionals.
To replace these batteries, find a nearby Apple Store and give them a call to talk about replacing your batteries. You have specialists who are able to schedule an appointment and get the job done. Apple also has authorized service providers trained to properly replace built-in batteries. If there isn't an Apple Store nearby or you want the fastest return possible, check with authorized vendors in your area to see which battery swap services are available.
Note that the Apple One Year Limited Warranty includes coverage for a defective battery to help keep costs down. The AppleCare Protection Plan also replaces any battery that drops below 80% of its original capacity. Otherwise, you will have to pay a fee for the new battery and replacement service.
Apple's free replacement program
For the 13-inch model MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar), which was manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017, there is a special offer for changing batteries. Some of these models had a defect that caused the battery to expand. This doesn't pose a great deal of danger (they won't explode or anything) but can cause a lot of battery problems.
As a result, Apple will replace one of these professionals' batteries for free. If you think your Pro model might qualify, check your serial number on Apple's website. Apple gives you valuable information on how to replace the battery if this option works for you.
In June 2019, Apple also announced that certain other MacBook Pro models could suffer from bad batteries, which Apple would replace for free. To find out if your device is affected, click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your MacBook Pro screen, then click About This Mac. If the pop-up says "MacBook Pro (Retina, 15", Mid 2015) "you might be affected. You'll need to copy and paste the serial number from that window on the Apple site to find out if you can get a free battery change.
Replacement batteries (before 2009)
Around ten years ago, Apple began switching from replaceable batteries to "built-in" batteries that are literally glued into the MacBook framework. Apple's reasoning was straightforward: built-in batteries were more compact, safer from a consumer standpoint, and enabled them to keep MacBooks slimmer. However, you cannot replace a built-in battery yourself. Only older MacBook Pros with replaceable batteries are really suitable for DIY replacement.
So how do you know for sure if your model has a removable battery? There are two simple qualifiers. MacBook Pro models with removable batteries are:
- Models from before mid-2009 when the battery switch first appeared on 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops
- Models without retina displays
If your older Pro meets all of these qualifications, then you need to check the bottom of the case, which is likely to have a removable battery on top. The battery should be held in place by a bolted or latched plate. In that case, you can purchase a brand new battery for your model. It should be a quick and easy substitute to handle yourself. Prices for a new battery range from $ 50 to $ 80, depending on the model.
2018 and future MacBook battery replacement
There is some potentially good news for MacBook users who need to replace their batteries. Looking ahead, Apple is currently trying to change the process of replacing the built-in batteries in Mac laptops. The updates should make the process faster and easier for users, as they can do the battery change themselves at home.
In the past, built-in models had stuck batteries that were difficult to remove and you had to completely replace the aluminum top case (another reason not to try it out yourself at home). With the latest models, Apple decided to take a new approach. Now you can remove the old batteries with special tools and replace them with new adhesive without having to replace the entire top case.
Currently this ability is only available to them 2018 MacBook Air models. However, there is a chance that this new battery setup will appear next time Macbook Pro Models. At this time we are not sure how the new system will affect the cost of replacing your old battery. Regardless of how the new battery configuration affects the pricing of the replacement, the actual battery replacement should be a much smoother process.