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    New battery needed for MacBook?
    I have a MacBook 4,2 (white MacBook) running MacOS 10.6.8. My battery does not seem to hold a charge as long as it used to. Here are the details on my battery:

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Manufacturer: SMP
    Device name: ASMB016
    Pack Lot Code: 0000
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0200
    Cell Revision: 0102
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 1436
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 4167
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 555
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): -1149
    Voltage (mV): 11053

    All seems normal but with with a fairly high cycle count.

    Is a new battery needed? I tend to plug the MacBook in each night after using it. Am I better off letting the battery run down almost completely before plugging it in?

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    That battery has seen better days.... With a cycle count that high, it's ready to be replaced. However, since your machine is quite old, I wouldn't spend a lot of money for a new one. You can find a knock off battery on the internet or from eBay that will work fairly well for a year or so for less than $50. A new one from Apple will cost you around $110.00.

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I am a bit leery about buying batteries on eBay. Can you recommend some online retailers that offer quality replacement batteries for my MacBook?

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    Sure, but it will cost almost as much as Apple charges.

    Other World Computing: Battery for White MacBook $89.00

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    I've bought memory from OWC and was satisfied. I will check out their battery...thx!

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