Product Reviewed: 62 Watt NuPower Battery for Macbook Pro 15 (2006 – 2008)
Retail price: $99.00
Vendor: Other World Computing
Warranty: 1 year NewerTech warranty
A few days ago, I shared my experience using MyService to get Aarti’s 2006 vintage Macbook Pro back in service. Both Aarti and I were very pleased with MyService’s price, customer service and the quality of the repair.
The Macbook Pro was almost “road-worthy”, save for one minor problem: after 4 years of heavy use, the battery inside the unit could no longer hold a charge for more than 30 minutes. I had two options: go with the Apple brand ($129) or seek out other alternatives.
I didn’t have to look too far. Site sponsor Other World Computing had a NuPower battery replacement in stock for $99. The price was $20 cheaper than Apple’s version, plus the NuPower battery boasted an additional 4.4% capacity over Apple’s own.
Given the less expensive price coupled with OWC’s sterling reputation in the Mac community, I pulled the trigger and ordered the NuPower battery. Two days later, the battery arrived at our doorstep. Inside the box was a replacement battery, neatly wrapped up inside an anti-static bag.
The battery itself was physically identical to Apple’s, save for the brand labeling on the NuPower battery’s underside. The NuPower battery’s fit and finish was excellent – it was very easy to install. With the new battery installed, one would be hard pressed to spot any differences between the NuPower brand vs Apple’s. (I couldn’t tell.)
I haven’t used this battery for more than two days, so I don’t have any reliable numbers with regards to run-times as yet. So far, there haven’t been any hiccups whatsoever with regular usage or the install. I hope to have some battery benchmarks in the next few days.
Update: I’m getting roughly 2 hours with the NuPower battery under normal use (web videos, email, web-surfing). Here’s another review on the NuPower battery you should check out.
May 13, 2014: I’ve added a follow-up to this article concerning battery bulges and overall longevity of the NewerTech battery.
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