Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Aug 31, 2013
    Posts
    4
    Question Macbook pro early 2008 won't work on battery
    Hello,
    My 5 years old Macbook pro has trouble with the battery: even if it is fully charged, I can use it only 2 minutes on battery before it shut itself down. The battery is shown full, I get no warning at all.

    I considering buying a new one, but if it is fixable quickly, I'd rather stick to it.

    It's has been repaired once, motherboard failure, covered by the warranty and I upgrade it last year with a 750 Gb HDD+SSD combi, more ram and a brand new battery.

    Can someone help me ?

  2. #2

    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Location
    Texas, where else?
    Posts
    26,465
    Specs:
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Download Coconut Battery and check the health of your battery.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Aug 31, 2013
    Posts
    4
    The battery is at 40%, 2239 mAh when 5600 mAh are planed. I haven't really taken care of it, with 237 cycle in one year.

    But two month ago, I could still use my computer on battery for about an hour, before it is drain. Now I have only two minutes of usage before my computer shut itself down and the battery is still at 98%.

  4. #4

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    48,022
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    You need a new battery. Also, the battery showing 98% is misleading. Consider this: With your battery registering only less than 50% of its rated mAh, multiply that by the 98% or what it's shows that's left, and you can see that the battery is ready for replacement.

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Aug 31, 2013
    Posts
    4
    Ok thanks,
    I would just change the battery, it's still 0.04-0.05% the price of a new mac. I want to keep my Macbook for my bachelor, two years to go.


    (it probably won't last that long)

  6. #6

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    34,233
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by Yesat View Post
    Ok thanks,
    I would just change the battery, it's still 0.04-0.05% the price of a new mac.
    New battery's from Apple cost around $129. That's not 0.04-0.05% the price of a new mac.

    Your 2008 MBP has a current used value in the neighborhood of $400. A new battery from Apple will cost $129 + tax. So that new battery cost is approx. 33% the value of your used 2008 MBP.

    But I do agree with chscag...it sounds like your battery is gone.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Aug 31, 2013
    Posts
    4
    I messed around with the percent.
    For me it was 5% (6% actually, haven't check the battery price) of a new MBP/MBA, which is around 2000$ (between 1500 and 2500) here in Switzerland with 10% down of the Education offer.
    And if I take a new make, I would keep this one as a media center or something like this.

    Thanks a lot again.

  8. #8

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    48,022
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    If I were you, I would go for a knock off battery. You can find plenty of them on either eBay, or Amazon. I've seen knock off batteries for various Apple notebook models go for as little as $50. Since your MacBook Pro is a 2008 model, it won't matter if you buy an exact Apple replacement or not.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Will this HD work with my Early 2008 MacBook Pro
    By jackrules in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 11-27-2011, 11:14 PM
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-26-2011, 12:31 PM
  3. MacBook Pro (Early 2008) won't start
    By beachbenefit in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-03-2009, 08:09 AM
  4. Early 2008 Macbook Pro won't boot linux
    By aiex in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-14-2009, 06:41 AM
  5. wifi speed differences - Macbook Pro (Early 2008) vs Macbook Pro (Late 2008)
    By jjaspirant in forum Internet, Networking, and Wireless
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-19-2009, 11:05 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •