The battery issue again

The battery issue again

Summary: United Press International's Chris Barylick wrote an article about the recent MacBook Pro battery failures. In it he discusses the various issues that have plagued the Intel notebook's lithium power cells ("holding less than their normal charge, overheating and swelling to larger sizes"). Apparently individual cells in some of the early battery packs are susceptible to failure...

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United Press International's Chris Barylick wrote an article about the recent MacBook Pro battery failures. In it he discusses the various issues that have plagued the Intel notebook's lithium power cells ("holding less than their normal charge, overheating and swelling to larger sizes"). Apparently individual cells in some of the early battery packs are susceptible to failure:

Individual cells on the batteries have also been reported as failing in some instances, the current technology employing three functioning power cells per battery. Failure within one of those cells can reduce the battery's potential functionality and lead to overall failure over time.

Chris interviewed me for the piece because I experienced a failure in the original battery that came with my week 7 MacBook Pro. My problem was that the battery would spontaneously shut down my MBP at around 33 percent capacity without warning -- causing data loss on a couple of occasions. Apple replaced my original battery and two previous batteries have been fine so far.

It's not unrealistic for first generation products like the MacBook and the MacBook Pro to have bugs in them, I just can't help but think that some of these issues would have been discovered if Apple tested new products on a larger group of people before releasing them to the masses.

Does Apple's obsessive secrecy help them or hurt them?

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  • 2 batteries replaced within a week.

    Sunday before last I went in to the apple store because my battery would no longer charge and it was apparently drinking weight gain 4000 because it was bulking up...A LOT. They replaced the battery no questions asked. Said battery worked fine...for 3 days and then the system stopped even seeing that a battery was installed in the system. Apple's QC sucks my fat white [bleep.]. I?ve gone through 5 other laptops over the years. (In order. A Compaq, A Dell, A Toshiba, and two ThinkPads.) Not one had a single battery issue and I don't give a flying crap if they are on the cutting edge. Apple needs to fire anyone who is leading their QC department and get someone new because this is retarded.
    jonnormand
  • Battery Replacement

    I had my MBP in Apple service for a variety of problems...of which overheating and sudden shutdowns were two. After 2 weeks in service, I received it back with all my other issues fixed, but not the overheating or shutdowns. Also, that was the same day that Powerpage had the pictures of the swelling battery. My battery was doing exactly the same thing. I took it (again) to the Apple Store and they replaced my battery on the spot and everything is now working well.
    sjeantet
  • The masses?

    The few people who use Apple are their test market.
    TonyMcS
    • Hey, that's pretty witty . . .

      . . . for 1995.
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