I recently got my macbook pro battery replaced because it said so – when looking at the status.
I was getting a maximum of about 45 minutes of work before the plugin was required.
This is down from the original 8 hours.
So I booked it in for the replacement at my local iStore.
Make a booking on the istore with this link.
How Much Will it Cost?
When making the booking you get this message:
Ensure that your device has been backed up prior to your booking date. Potential costs once you arrive for your appointment may include: R200 - fee if device is not purchased from iStore. R450 - fee for complex tech support if device is not purchased from iStore. R250 - insurance letter. R250 - insurance quote for iPhone or iPad. R600 - insurance quote for Mac when device is out of warranty.
In my case the device was out of warranty so I had to pay R600 at the iStore – although the item on the bill did not say insurance.
The quote for the battery replacement was: R5743.35 (including VAT)
- English INT, Top case with battery ISO, Space Grey. (R4994.23)
- Labour Fee (R521.74) [Already Prepaid]
Then VAT was added to the above.
The total paid was: R6343.35
How Long Will it Take?
I booked it in at the istore at
15:30 on 2020-09-04.
Ready for collection notifiction came at
15:19 on 19 September 2020
I accepted the quote immediately.
They mentioned that it would take
5-7 business days.
In reality it took 10 business days.
In actual days, it took 15 days or half a month.
- 2020-09-04: Booked in (and paid technical assement fee)
- 2020-09-06: Dispatched to Service Centre
- 2020-09-11: Assessment and quote sent through (Accepted immediately)
- 2020-09-19: Ready for collection
Info After the Upgrade
It feels like the keycoard was replaced after the upgrade but I cannot be certain.
The battery was clearly replaced as per the system report:
Charge Information: Charge Remaining (mAh): 4594 Fully Charged: Yes Charging: No Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 4827 Health Information: Cycle Count: 1 Condition: Normal Battery Installed: Yes Amperage (mA): 0 Voltage (mV): 12805
Then looking at coconut battery history:
Is it Worth it?
The Macbook Pro 13inch 128GB edition cost me R18999 initially.
I have had it 2 and a half years, before requiring the replacement.
As per using personal assets for work purposes, depreciation of assets is done over 3 years.
So it makes sense to do the repair on the 3rd year of service.
Is it worth it…is a question you need to ask yourself.
For me I think it is as I spend alot of time working outside.
The first time I used it…it went from 100% to 10% in 3.5 hours.
Much better than it was but not as good as quoted by apple.
Of course I was using it at 100% brightness, had many tabs open and was watching a few videos.