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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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