The evolution of laptops has been long ongoing, but their needing a battery has always been a constant. Apple gets that but doesn’t think a replaceable battery needs to be part of the “mission statement.” As a result, those buying a MacBook Pro 13″ are guaranteed to be paying big bucks should they need the battery replaced. But there is an alternative, although it will definitely void the Apple warranty. Just buy NewerTech’s NuPower Battery for 13” MacBook Pro ($99.00 retail) and swap out the battery yourself. And despite all the angst and fear, construction of the MacBook Pro actually makes this a highly doable process.
The first step in changing the battery is to catalog the included tools: a plastic tool that allows pulling off a power socket safely, and two types of screwdrivers to handle the two types of screws the laptop owns. NewerTech provides detailed videos for the specific MacBook Pro 13″ model (based on ID number). Generally speaking, the process is the same. With the charging power plug disconnected and the laptop on a table without any hint of static electricity build up (i.e, not being on a carpet or by wearing a static free strap), the bottom of the MacBook Pro has its screws removed and the bottom taken off. Screws around the seated battery are removed and the sponger takes care of the connecting socket. The old battery then gets removed (mucking up the warranty seal in the process) so that the new one can then replace it and the process reversed. That’s all there is, with the exception of needing to properly recycle/dispose of the battery.
The NuPower Battery for 13” MacBook Pro works with MacBook Pro 13″ models from 2009 to present (Model ID: MacBookPro5,5; MacBookPro7,1; MacBookPro8,1; MacBookPro9,2 2.26GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.4GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.7GHz, 2.8GHz, 2.9GHz). It’s a great alternative to using Apple to replace a failing/dead battery not just because it costs less overall when you factor in labor, but also because it totally eliminates down-time from having to do without your laptop. And isn’t that the real value here?