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Do You Need to Replace Your MacBook Battery? Service Battery?

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Here are your options for replacing a MacBook battery and how much a Mac battery replacement will cost.




Your MacBook's battery is likely the first component you'll need to replace in your computer. While Apple makes reliable machines, current battery technology means that most cells only last a few years before their capacity seriously diminishes, especially with heavy use.

A battery replacement is a great way to breathe some new life into an older MacBook. Here are your options for a MacBook battery replacement, how much it costs to replace your MacBook's battery, and how to know when it's time to do so.


First, you should check your MacBook's battery status to see if it's time for a replacement. To do this on macOS Big Sur and later, click the Apple menu at the top-left of your computer and choose System Preferences, then select Battery from the resulting menu.

On the left sidebar, select the Battery tab, then click the Battery Health button at the bottom.





The resulting window will show either Normal or Service recommended for the Battery Condition field. If you see the former, everything is working properly with your battery. Service recommended doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong, but when this appears, you are probably seeing your battery hold less of a charge than it once did.


You'll also see the Maximum Capacity of your battery. 100% means it's performing as well as it did when it was brand-new. A lower percentage, like 80%, reflects how much of the original charge your battery can hold. For example, you might only get eight hours on a full charge, instead of 10.





  • Normal: Your battery doesn't need replacement.

  • Replace Soon: The battery holds less charge than it did when it was new.

  • Replace Now: Your battery holds significantly less charge than its original capacity.

  • Service Battery: The system has detected a fault with your battery.

This should give you some indication of whether a MacBook battery replacement is necessary. None of these conditions indicate potential harm—you can continue using your MacBook as normal.

On older versions of macOS, you'll need to instead hold the Option key and click the battery percentage icon in the menu bar at the top-right of your screen to view the battery health. This will show one of four possible statuses for your Mac battery's condition:




How to Check the Battery Cycles on Your MacBook

For more info, you can also view the exact number of charge and discharge cycles your Mac's battery has gone through. To do this:

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen.

  2. Select About This Mac, then System Report.

  3. Click Power on the left sidebar (under Hardware), then scroll down to the Health Information heading and locate Cycle Count.



This number shows how many times your battery has gone from 100 percent to fully drained. It only represents full cycles, though. For example, if your battery dropped to 50 percent, then you charged it back to 100 percent and let it drain to 50 percent again, that would count as one cycle.


The cycle count should give you a good idea of how long your battery has left before requiring replacement. Different MacBooks have varying ratings for cycle counts, so you'll need to cross-reference your result with the ratings on Apple's battery cycle support page. Almost every modern MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air is rated for 1,000 battery cycles.

Even if these numbers look healthy, you may have noticed your battery life has become significantly worse of late and decide that it's time for a replacement anyway. Use your own judgment to weigh if the cost is worth it to you. Be sure you've followed the tips to improve battery life on your MacBook first, then move onto hardware replacement if those don't help.



MacBook Battery Models Reference


MacBook Air

MacBook Air 11" batteries are electrically compatible with all models. The 2010 battery (A1406) connector is physically in a different location and will not fit in the housing of the 2011-2015 battery (A1495). The 2010-2012 battery has a 35 Wh capacity vs the 2013-2015 at 38 Wh.

MacBook Air 13" unibody batteries are electrically compatible with all models. The 2010 (A1377) and 2011-2012 (A1405) battery have a lower capacity at 50 Wh 7.3 V vs the 2013-2017 battery (A1496) at 54 Wh.


MacBook Pro 13"

The MacBook Pro 13" unibody batteries are electrically compatible with all models. The 2009 battery has a lower capacity at 58 Wh vs the 2010-2012 battery (A1322) at 63.5 Wh 10.95 V.

The MacBook Pro 13" Retina 2012-E2013 batteries (A1437) are the same at 74 Wh.

The MacBook Pro 13" Retina L2013-2014 batteries (A1493) are the same at 71.8 Wh.

The MacBook Pro 13" Retina L2015 battery (A1582) is 71.8 Wh 13.05 V.

2015 13" Retina batteries will work in L2013-E2014 machines.

The MacBook Pro 13" Touchbar 4TBT L2016-M2017 battery (A1819) is 49.2 Wh 11.41 V.

The MacBook Pro 13" Touchbar 4TBT M2018-E2019 battery (A1964) is 58 Wh 11.41 V.

The MacBook Pro 13" Touchbar(A1708) 2TBT L2016-M2017 battery (A1713) is 54.5 Wh 11.41 V. This battery is also claimed to be compatible with A2171 (models below)

The MacBook Pro 13" Touchbar(2019Mid A2159, A2289 A2338) 2TBT 2018-2020 Battery A2171 is 58.2 Wh 11.41 V.



MacBook Pro 15"


The MacBook Pro 15" 2009-2010 batteries are electrically compatible. The 2009 battery has a lower capacity at 73 Wh vs the 2010 battery (A1321) at 77.5 Wh.

The MacBook Pro 15" 2011-2012 batteries (A1382) are the same at 77.5 Wh.

The MacBook Pro 15" Retina 2012-E2013 batteries (A1417) are 95Whr at 10.95V. Comparison with 2015 shown in photo.

The MacBook Pro 15" Retina L2013-2014 batteries (A1494) are 95Whr at 11.26V.

(The MacBook Pro 15" Retina 2012-2014 batteries are the same capacity at 95 Wh 10.95 V. They are electrically compatible, but have the connector in a physically different location. 2012-E2013 (A1417) 2014 (A1494) [verify])



Model

Battery

Compatibility

Replacement cost at Mac Infinity

Estimate Time for Installation

Warranty Period

A1278

A1322

A1322

120

30 Minutes

6 Months

A1369/A1466

A1405

A1377/A1405/A1496

150

30 Minutes

6 Months

A1465

A1406

A1406/A1495

150

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1398 (2012-13)

A1417

A1417

180

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1398(2013-14)

A1494

A1494

180

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1425

A1437

A1437

150

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1534

A1705

A1527/A1705

180

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1502

A1493

A1493

165

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1706

A1819

A1819

190

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1708

A1713

A1713

190

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1707

A1820

A1820

225

45 Minutes

6 Months

A1989

A1964

A1964

190

45 Minutes

6 Months

A2159

A2171

A1713,A2171

250

45 Minutes

6 Months





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