MacBook Battery Draining Fast? You Might Be Able to Get a Free Replacement

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No, you’re not going crazy. Your MacBook Pro laptop battery just sucks.

Apple has come clean and admitted that some 13-inch MacBook Pro models’ built-in battery components might be defective.

Due to the flaw, Apple is offering a free MacBook Pro battery replacement for affected models.

How to Find Out if Your MacBook Pro Battery Is Eligible

The affected MacBook Pro laptops were built between October 2016 and October 2017.

If this sounds like your MacBook Pro, go to this Apple Support page and type in your serial number to check if your computer is eligible for the free battery replacement program.

This doesn’t apply to touch bar models or older 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops.

Not sure where your serial number is?

Click on the “About This Mac” option from the main Apple icon menu in the top-left toolbar of your screen. Your computer’s serial number should be listed there. Just copy and paste it on the Apple Support page.

How to Get Your MacBook Pro Battery Replacement

Did you win?

OK, it’s not the same as winning the lottery, but we’ll gladly take that free battery and finally stop living our lives hovering around nearby electrical outlets like a caveman to fire.

You’ll have to complete Apple’s physical version of a two-factor authentication by paying a visit to an Apple retailer so they can also verify your machine.

Here’s what to do:

  • Find an authorized Apple service provider by logging in with your Apple ID.
  • Make an appointment and bring your device with you.
  • They’ll verify your eligibility and can send your laptop off to the Apple Repair Center.
  • Or you can choose to mail it in to the Apple Repair Center in an Apple-provided package at no cost to you.

For the love of all things sacred, back up your computer before sending it off to Apple.

Apple says service should take three to five days, so why not organize your finances while you wait?

Just note that the battery replacement doesn’t extend your laptop’s standard warranty coverage.

If your qualified MacBook Pro battery was giving you problems and you took the initiative and replaced the battery, you can reach out to Apple about getting a refund.

This specific battery replacement program is good for five years after the first retail sale of the computer.

Just think of all the cordless binge-watching that awaits you.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She doesn’t ask for much in life except for a fully charged battery, sunshine and a comfortable pair of shoes.