Apple recalls early MacBook Pro 15-inch batteries

Apple recalls early MacBook Pro 15-inch batteries

Summary: Readers of this blog will remember that I posted a note about a silent recall of MacBook Pro batteries back on May 3, 2006. After several reports of MacBook Pros suddenly shutting down - like mine did - Apple has finally come clean and admitted that there is a problem with their first batch of batteries.

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Readers of this blog will remember that I posted a note about a silent recall of MacBook Pro batteries back on May 3, 2006. After several reports of MacBook Pros suddenly shutting down - like mine did - Apple has finally come clean and admitted that there is a problem with their first batch of batteries.

According to the Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Exchange Program (they don't call it a "recall") the only people that need to be worried about the bad batteries are those that purchased 15-inch MacBook Pros between February and May 2006. The affected batteries are model number A1175.

One interesting aspect of the recall is how to tell if your battery is covered. Instead of looking at the first few digits of the 12-digit serial number, you instead are looking for a number that ends with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC.

Up to three battery exchanges can be done via the form on Apple Web site or by calling Apple.

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  • Ah the joys of a 1st Gen product

    Never buy the first generation of any computer, particularly one where such a huge leap is made (PPC to x86). It just goes to show you.
    tic swayback
    • I'm just glad that...

      ... Apple came clean on this one, rather than just trying to hide an obvious problem.

      - Jason
      Jason D. O'Grady
      • The problem isnt Apples

        This problem isnt Apples though. They dont make or design the bateries. The battery supplier does. Which is why Apple, Dell, Sony, etc are all having the same issues with batteries. And until the suppliers raise their workmanship standards, they will all continue to have these issues.
        Stuka
        • Totally

          on the mark. Thank you!
          999ad@...
          • again with the batteries

            it's like with the old powerbook 5300s that would catch on fire. it wasn't a design flaw of apple's...oh no, it's better. sony designed the batteries for apple during this time frame, and what happened was that the circuits in the li-ion batteries would allow for them to charge too fast. however, it was quickly corrected.

            now, if a company like sony or panasonic was given the task of manufacturing batteries for your laptop, an issue like this would most likely not happen, since these companies have very high quality control standards.
            nix_hed
  • RE: Apple recalls early MacBook Pro 15-inch batteries

    Had the same sudden drop off to 0% on my battery (2.5
    year old MBP, W8607 serial number) and because of this
    article I called Apple and they are sending me a new
    battery! They looked at the cycle count (394), the full
    charge capacity (3056) and the serial number
    (KF617KT9TY48) on the battery to decide. I tried to get
    out of him what about the cycle count and capacity were
    indicative of the problem, but he didn't have a clue!
    thanks for this article!

    Allison
    NosillaCast Mac Podcast at http://podfeet.com
    A technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight
    Macintosh bias!
    nosillacast
  • RE: Apple recalls early MacBook Pro 15-inch batteries

    My Battery is totally dead. I can use my mac only with my
    power adapter plugged in. Now i dont even get any
    indication that my battery is too low in case my adapter is
    plugged out. My Mac just turns off by itself. Then i have to
    power it on again. Its really killing me. So its really awesome
    that they recalled the above said batteries. Got to get one.
    subala27
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