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Older Macbook Pro Battery Replacement Kit? Help?

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Aloha everyone:

I have a 2012/2013 Macbook Pro (rubbery keyboard) that now has a battery life of less than 15 minutes or so.
*** Model 1502 (this is printed on the back panel)

There are various online battery replacement kits like this one on Amazon:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08 ... UZOT&psc=1

Questions:
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Any suggestions on what kits/etc. to avoid and which ones are better or do they all come out of the same factory somewhere and from there are just different brands and prices?
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**Any tips from the experts that have done this personally or professionally.. by themselves?
3
**** Any battery kit recommendations?????

Note:
I did replace the old "disc" drive with an SSD many years ago, so am a little techy savy and okay with computer/laptop innards.
I already have mini tools for laptop innard work, etc.

FYI:
Here's one of the many YouTube Videos on how to replace this battery:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lue6lVWhh4o
(warning. . irritating squeaky voice narration)
Another vid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjXERaPjkBo

Thanks for your help.
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I’ve never done this, but I have replaced the battery in an iPhone, and all I have to say is that YouTube is your friend. There are videos showing how to do all of this stuff.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
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I suggest ifixit.com. It has good videos also. https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/MacBoo ... 17-046?o=5 and https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/MacBoo ... 23-053?o=5 for different 2013 laptops. It is a reputable website. My understanding is that the 2012 model was the last one that is "easy" to do repair at home. Given that you have done an SSD upgrade, you should have no problem.
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student wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:51 am I suggest ifixit.com. It has good videos also. https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/MacBoo ... 17-046?o=5 and https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/MacBoo ... 23-053?o=5 for different 2013 laptops. It is a reputable website. My understanding is that the 2012 model was the last one that is "easy" to do repair at home. Given that you have done an SSD upgrade, you should have no problem.
What is interesting. . . is that the above link to the battery on "ifixit" is nearly 2x the price of a similar looking kit on Amazon.com.

thoughts?

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I've bought 2 replacement batteries for similar year mac book pro's from OWC (other world computing). Shows as e shop macsales for the website. One at some point needed to be warrantied and they sent out a new one no issue. The kits came with the screwdrivers etc as well which my kid now uses to "fix" stuff. In checking my order history i got a NewerTech NuPower 74 Watt-Hour (not sure if still exists). I believe it was a slightly higher watt hour than OEM but considered a drop in replacement. Also upgraded the HD to SSD on that one as well like you! Just be sure to do the process where you let it fully charge then drain the battery for the best performance per manufacturer.
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Apple will do it for $199 and you won't have to worry about disposing the old battery as HAZMAT.

https://support.apple.com/mac/repair
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Sandtrap wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:55 am
student wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:51 am I suggest ifixit.com. It has good videos also. https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/MacBoo ... 17-046?o=5 and https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/MacBoo ... 23-053?o=5 for different 2013 laptops. It is a reputable website. My understanding is that the 2012 model was the last one that is "easy" to do repair at home. Given that you have done an SSD upgrade, you should have no problem.
What is interesting. . . is that the above link to the battery on "ifixit" is nearly 2x the price of a similar looking kit on Amazon.com.

thoughts?

j :D
I had purchased a cheap battery from unknown place and the result was not good. I think ifixit has a good reputation, at least among youtubers, and include several that I like to watch them fixing old computers. Of course, there could be sponsorship involved. Even if you don't buy it from them, I suggest using its guide. For example, here is one for a 2013 model (you should search for yours) https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pr ... ment/15462
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That MacBook Pro is on the obsolete list, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624 the latest version of macOS that will run on it is Catalina, which will no longer have security updates in about a month when macOS Ventura ships.

It may not make sense to spend much money replacing the battery in it, especially if you intend to connect it to the internet.
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I have never replaced a battery in a Mac but I have in everything from an MP3 player, to cell phones to (PC) laptops. The biggest challenge in all instances is getting a good quality battery. So many of them are just junk. Even the good third party ones are generally worse than original battery when new (but are likely better than an failing battery). Getting an OEM battery is best but it may not be worth cost in particular for such an old PC if it is going out of support.

I haven't had a major issue replacing batteries and you seem pretty handy from your postings so I don't expect you'll have much issue. Just follow the instructions and watch some Youtube videos and take your time.
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swengineer wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:29 am That MacBook Pro is on the obsolete list, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624 the latest version of macOS that will run on it is Catalina, which will no longer have security updates in about a month when macOS Ventura ships.

It may not make sense to spend much money replacing the battery in it, especially if you intend to connect it to the internet.
You are correct that Catalina will soon be obsolete with no security updates. This may or may not be an issue depending on what OP is using the laptop for. I think it is likely fine if it is a second computer OP is using to surf the web and to post on bogleheads relaxing on his porch. OP seems to be good with technology, he can also try installing Big Sur using open patch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flQRKWBKC60
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I had an older MacBook Pro that I also wanted to salvage, and the replacement battery from Amazon was just junk despite having positive reviews. It just lasted like a year and I was having issues. But maybe that's all you need?

I would definitely price out a Apple factory battery through their store and just see what it costs. I would gladly pay an extra $100. Sometimes they are cheaper than you think, like an iPhone battery replacement through the Apple store is only like $70, like getting a new phone.
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I have replaced many MacBook batteries.

If still available, get an Apple battery by taking it to the Apple store.

Whatever you do, DO NOT get one from Amazon nor eBay. Li-ion batteries are very sensitive to manufacturing defects and a bad battery can burn down the entire house/car, etc. You just have no idea what you are really getting from Amazon or eBay in terms of a Li-ion battery.

I have not had good luck with iFixit batteries.

I have had the best luck with OWC batteries...and they will RMA a bad one without a lot of effort. OWC specializes in Apple stuff. This is your best choice. Don't forget to have on hand a toolkit with the required screwdriver to get the bottom off.
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I'd take that money towards the battery and buy a new laptop. The prices have come down.

Check out these prices at Costco.

https://www.costco.com/macbooks.html
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We have replaced batteries in our mid 2012 MacBook Pro (non-retina). It was easy. We bought ours from OWC / Macsales.com.

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Apple/Laptop/Batteries

MacOS Catalina is the last version of macOS that our older MacBook Pros will accept and security updates for Catalina may stop after macOS Ventura is released. We also have newer M1 MacBook Airs which are fantastic.
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I have done it on three different mac books. Three different batteries as well. It isn't hard to do. It can be a little tedious to get the screws in and out with cheap tools. The prices on the batteries were all close enough that it didn't much matter. Also, the laptops are still working pretty well today (10 years old). No real issues. I would make sure that I kept an eye on the batteries over time as they can swell and break the system if they are cheap/poorly made.

I also think having the Apple store do it for $200 is a fine solution if you can afford the fix. It works either way.

The batteries i used were Anker, Powerbear and Sloda and I couldn't begin to tell you why I choose those brands out of Amazon (it was a long while back). I think PowerBear is still around and NinjaBat and RayHom appear to be high in the recommend list off Amazon.

Good luck. As an aside, if the fan on your computer won't shut off after you replace the battery, there is a little ribbon cable that pops off pretty easily near the CPU which causes the system fan to run all the time if it is loose. I knocked mine off a couple times replacing the battery (or forgot to hook it back up. I can't recall).

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bampf wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:49 pm I have done it on three different mac books. Three different batteries as well. It isn't hard to do. It can be a little tedious to get the screws in and out with cheap tools. The prices on the batteries were all close enough that it didn't much matter. Also, the laptops are still working pretty well today (10 years old). No real issues. I would make sure that I kept an eye on the batteries over time as they can swell and break the system if they are cheap/poorly made.

I also think having the Apple store do it for $200 is a fine solution if you can afford the fix. It works either way.

The batteries i used were Anker, Powerbear and Sloda and I couldn't begin to tell you why I choose those brands out of Amazon (it was a long while back). I think PowerBear is still around and NinjaBat and RayHom appear to be high in the recommend list off Amazon.

Good luck. As an aside, if the fan on your computer won't shut off after you replace the battery, there is a little ribbon cable that pops off pretty easily near the CPU which causes the system fan to run all the time if it is loose. I knocked mine off a couple times replacing the battery (or forgot to hook it back up. I can't recall).

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I have had good luck with OWC as well
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I think OWC is probably the best aftermarket battery supplier. Be aware, however, that the retina models have glued in batteries. I have replaced several MacBook batteries but I have yet to tackle one that is glued in. It looks difficult but doable. Just be aware of what you are getting into. Apples main battery supplier is Simplo (SMP). I have yet to find a way to get these batteries for replacement.
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Sandtrap,

I looked at the replacement pics at ifixit. It didn't look like a slam dunk to me.
I think that I could pull it off after working in the info tech field for 14 years. But I wouldn't unless there weren't other options. It's too old.
I would buy a new one. https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/?afid ... --product-

Why? I make computers last for 5 years or so...maybe longer if there aren't any issues. Past 5 years, I'll buy newer and better...if affordable of course. If money is tight, I'll scrounge around and fix it as cheaply as possible.

Then if I still had the urge to tinker, I'd go with the ifixit kit and go for it.

I have an older iphone sitting on the shelf with an ifixit new battery kit ready to install. It's been there for a year. I'm waiting for a rainy day when I'm in the mood. I may never....too much fine work; I'd rather do something else. Maybe one of my grandchildren will want a project?
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I forgot to add, these Macbooks are pretty reliable. If you decide to keep, you can install Legacy Core Patcher and be up and running with the newest OS. Like its already been said, you need to have the motivation to keep these old machines running. I currently run two 2010 Macbooks on the current OS with 16MB RAM and upgraded batteries, SSD's, and fresh thermal paste. Are they the fastest....nope. But I do get some satisfaction with keeping them out of the landfill. And it's kind of fun.
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hudson wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:39 am Sandtrap,

I looked at the replacement pics at ifixit. It didn't look like a slam dunk to me.
I think that I could pull it off after working in the info tech field for 14 years. But I wouldn't unless there weren't other options. It's too old.
I would buy a new one. https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/?afid ... --product-

Why? I make computers last for 5 years or so...maybe longer if there aren't any issues. Past 5 years, I'll buy newer and better...if affordable of course. If money is tight, I'll scrounge around and fix it as cheaply as possible.

Then if I still had the urge to tinker, I'd go with the ifixit kit and go for it.

I have an older iphone sitting on the shelf with an ifixit new battery kit ready to install. It's been there for a year. I'm waiting for a rainy day when I'm in the mood. I may never....to much fine work; I'd rather do something else. Maybe one of my grandchildren will want a project?
If you enjoy fixing computers when you are in the mood, I recommend two YouTube channels. They are good and bonus Australian accent. Hugh Jefferys and Psivewri
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Thanks student!
I almost got in the mood looking at those guys' videos!
https://www.youtube.com/c/psivewri/videos
https://www.youtube.com/c/HughJeffreys/videos

Almost! I did bookmark them for one of my grandchildren or possibly one of my children?

I didn't see a repair for my Tandy 1000 TX with Dos 3.3 and a 20 mg hard drive! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandy_1000
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Get the M1 Pro 14" MBP @ Costco (or Best Buy) for $1599 (thru 9/25), and have your (computing) world significantly changed for the better. :beer :D
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radchad3 wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:15 am I think OWC is probably the best aftermarket battery supplier. Be aware, however, that the retina models have glued in batteries. I have replaced several MacBook batteries but I have yet to tackle one that is glued in. It looks difficult but doable. Just be aware of what you are getting into. Apples main battery supplier is Simplo (SMP). I have yet to find a way to get these batteries for replacement.
It is more of a pain in this model for sure. The last one I did, I needed a lot of isopropyl alcohol and some dental floss to get under the batteries and get them out. Make sure the battery is discharged if at all possible. If you damage the battery internals, it can cause sparks or worse. The other thing I would note is the battery hold down adhesive from OWC on this battery did not do the job holding it in place and I had to add some other adhesive.
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