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Are fake MacBook chargers safe?

According to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) study “consumers face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test.”

While the research was done on 400 various iPhone chargers, it is reasonable to assume that more expensive MacBook charges carry similar safety risks.

Is it worth it to replace a MacBook battery?

Of all the repairs your MacBook may unfortunately need over its lifespan, the battery is one of the cheapest and most worthwhile. Some repairs may not be worth it as they show that the MacBook may be past its prime and can cost around the same price as the entire device second hand.

Batteries on the other hand wear naturally over time. This decay in battery life is usually caused by a large amount of charge cycles that cause the lithium ion cells to become ineffective in their charge process.

The easiest way to describe this process is that batteries have many cells inside, that all line up when you charge them to hold power. Over time, more and more of these cells fail to line up and the overall effectiveness of this power is reduced to zero.

Battery issues are also very straight forward in all models of Mac, if your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air simply doesn’t last as long as it once used to, its just a battery replacement. Where as other repairs can be hard to diagnose and varying causes make the price to fix range huge, batteries are a one and done replacement inside your laptop and aren’t usually going to break the bank.

The only time it can sometimes be expensive to replace a battery, is if the stock on replacement batteries is limited.

Chargers for the current MacBook range

At the moment the MacBook range is comprised of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. Each of these requires a different charger, which we’ve listed below.

Can I replace MacBook Pro battery myself?

This question relies completely on your experience, if you asked me to take an engine out of a car it’d be a certain no, however the pit crew on a Formula 1 team may give you a different answer.

As with anything, if you have all the necessary tools and experience then there’s no reason you can’t. But replacing the battery on a MacBook from 2009 onwards, will require taking apart your whole mac, handling the logic board and disconnecting most of the connectors inside – some of which are incredible delicate and not at all simple to replace.

There is also the factor of safely removing the potentially swollen cells from the Mac without piercing them and then disposing of them safely. You will need the following to carry out a battery replacement:

  • An ESD Mat
  • iFixit Multi tool computer repair kit
  • Battery acid spill kit
  • Access to a Battery recycling centre
  • New battery for your year and model of computer

Battery Life

My battery over the years has underwent 2000+ cycles, and can only last at most 2-3 hrs from 100% to 0% currently

You are definitely several standard deviations from the norm on the right side bell curve that represents charge cycles and battery life. Batteries generally have a useful life of 3 to 5 years. The "1000 cycles" is just a marketing estimate of how many types you can charge cycle the battery so you can estimate (budget) for battery replacement. It’s not a hard and fast rule (unfortunately, too many people believe it is).

MacBook Pro 17 Chargers

MBP 17″ Model and YearPower Adapter
MacBook Pro 17″, late 201185W L-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, early 201185W L-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, mid 201085W L-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, mid 200985W T-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, early 200985W T-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, late 200885W T-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, early 200885W T-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, 2.4GHz85W T-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″, Core 2 Duo85W T-shaped MagSafe
MacBook Pro 17″85W T-shaped MagSafe

You can still buy some chargers from Amazon:

85W MagSafe L-shaped Power Adapter for MacBook Pro 17″ 2011 – 2011 Buy Original Charger

MacBook

The images below show the style of adapter that comes with each MacBook. If you’re not sure which model you have, learn how to identify your MacBook.

Apple 29W or 30W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable MacBook models introduced in 2015 or later

60W MagSafe Power Adapter with "L" style connector MacBook models introduced in late 2009 through 2010

60W MagSafe Power Adapter with "T" style connector MacBook models introduced in 2006 through mid 2009

MagSafe

The 60W MagSafe power adapter with “T” style connector is compatible with:

  • MacBook Pro (13in, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15in, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook (13in, Mid 2009)
  • MacBook (13in, Early 2009)
  • MacBook (13in, Aluminum, Late 2008)
  • MacBook (13in, Late 2008)
  • MacBook (13in, Early 2008)
  • MacBook (13in, Late 2007)
  • MacBook (13in, Mid 2007)
  • MacBook (13in, Late 2006) 
  • MacBook (13in)

The 60W MagSafe power adapter with

The 60W MagSafe power adapter with “L” style connector is compatible with:

  • MacBook Pro (13in, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (13in, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13in, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13in, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook (13in, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook (13in, Late 2009)

The 85W MagSafe power adapter with “T” style connector is compatible with:

  • MacBook Pro (15in Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (17in Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (17in Early 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15in Late 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (17in Late 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (15in Early 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (17in Early 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (15in 2.4/2.2GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (17in 2.4GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (15in Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (17in Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (15in Glossy)
  • MacBook Pro (17in)
  • MacBook Pro

The 85W MagSafe power adapter with “L” style connector is compatible with:

  • MacBook Pro (15in, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (15in, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17in, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15in, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17in, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15in, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (17in, Mid 2010)

The 45W MagSafe power adapter with “L” style connector is compatible with:

  • MacBook Air (13in, Mid 2011)
  • MacBook Air (11in, Mid 2011)
  • MacBook Air (13in, Late 2010)
  • MacBook Air (11in, Late 2010)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air (Original)

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