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Apple Prices 17inch MBP Battery Replacement

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 8 comments

One of the biggest problems people have with the iPhone is that you can’t take out the battery, so it was no surprise to hear the “are you kidding me?” reaction when Phil Schiller told Mac fans at Macworld that the battery would be integrated into the new 17-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple yesterday released pricing and details about how to replace your new 17-inch MacBook Pro battery when it finally throws in the towel and no longer holds a charge. So what are your options? Obviously, with the battery sealed in there, you’re not able to do this kind of job yourself. It can however, be done at an Apple shop and same day as long as you call ahead of time and make an appointment. You can also go with the more bothersome option of mailing it in and being sans laptop for 4 business days. Not exactly favorable if you use your computer enough to kill the charge time in the first place.

That said, the sealed in battery option is definitely greener. Apple just lists one basic charge for replacing your battery, which includes removal of the old one, installation/cost of the new one and environmentally responsible disposal of  the dead battery. The environmentalists will no doubt be happy.

Pricing for the replacements are as follows:

UK : £139 inc. VAT
U.S. : $179 pre taxes
CAN : CA$219 pre taxes
EUR : €179 inc. VAT
JAP : ¥19,800 inc. taxes
AUS : A$299 inc. vat
CH : 1498 RMB inc. vat

Check out Apple's support pages for more.

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    vladtepes , January 15, 2009 5:15 PM
    Nice move, now if you battery explodes you will be f..** up!!
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=297512
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    curnel_D , January 15, 2009 5:20 PM
    I've replaced two batteries on my laptop because of extensive use. So I dont like the sound of taking a notebook to a mac shop (extremely rare in my area) every time a battery looses it's charging capacity (Which will obviously be right after the warranty period. :p ). Then again, you'd sooner catch me making snow angels in the nude, broadcast over CNN before you'll catch me shelling out thousands of dollars for hardware barely worth a thousand.
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    Anonymous , January 16, 2009 12:31 PM
    the price of a battery replacement, is like the price of a whole mini-notebook !
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    davidgbailey , January 16, 2009 10:09 PM
    Personally, I think it's a great idea. I throw my laptop away every 2 years because I'm an asshole and I have money. Anyone that needs to keep a laptop long enough to replace the battery should get a better job ... or be the guy that plugs his laptop in at Starbucks. "Excuse me, is there an outlet in here I can use, I stink, someone punch me and pour hot coffee down my pants."
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    curnel_D , January 17, 2009 3:54 AM
    DavidGBaileyPersonally, I think it's a great idea. I throw my laptop away every 2 years because I'm an asshole and I have money. Anyone that needs to keep a laptop long enough to replace the battery should get a better job ... or be the guy that plugs his laptop in at Starbucks. "Excuse me, is there an outlet in here I can use, I stink, someone punch me and pour hot coffee down my pants."

    I built my laptop three years ago, and it still performs better than anything reasonably priced today. I also use the hell out of it day to day, since it's the only usable tool I have when doing things out of the office. But then again, I'm more apt to take your attitude more as douchebaggery than seriousness.
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2009 8:14 AM
    Just as I predicted... $225-250 after shipping, box, expedited delivery.

    Dumb, dumb, dumb idea... geared only at milking the i-tard crowd.


    FYI - laptop batt's contain $70 - 100 worth of cells... the rest is markup for their proprietary plastic shapes.
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    curnel_D , January 18, 2009 7:38 PM
    PokesterJust as I predicted... $225-250 after shipping, box, expedited delivery.Dumb, dumb, dumb idea... geared only at milking the i-tard crowd.FYI - laptop batt's contain $70 - 100 worth of cells... the rest is markup for their proprietary plastic shapes.

    Not even that much. If you buy through a good distro or in bulk from factory, a normal 12 cell battery (Which is generally 2-3 times more cells than most laptops have) cost me around 45-60 bucks.
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    mrwonderful1961 , March 19, 2009 2:02 PM
    Um... I'm pretty sure that Apple is manufacturing their own battery in-house for the MBP (and it's rectangular to maximize efficiency of space.)