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Should I expect ifixit sold MacBook battery lasts 1,000 cycles?

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I can't speak for the Apple iFixit battery but I can provide some information on the majority of these batteries. Take this with a grain of salt.

Most of the time aftermarket batteries do not use quality cells like LG or Samsung SDI, purely because of cost. This basically means the universal standard is generic cells, sometimes with inaccurate capacities as advertised. You likely aren't going to run into that issue with the iFixit battery, but it's common amongst many vendors; many of which are innocent but were lied to by the supplier and label.

The catch is that you can't buy the battery from Apple. I can do this with Dell and HP with little fuss (I need the part number for integerated HP batteries to get it through PartSurfer, but HP isn't stopping me from buying it). You'll pay a premium from the OEM but they aren't out to prevent me from getting it like Apple is. Apple doesn't sell to anyone, so you need to choose between aftermarket or a company playing with fire selling Apple's OEM parts to the consumer.

I wouldn't expect the iFixit generic battery to last 1,000 cycles like the Apple OEM battery does. While it should use quality cells with a honest capacity, it won't be anywhere near as good as the Apple battery. That being said iFixit does stand behind what they sell, so while it probably won't last 1,000 cycles like the Apple battery, they will make it right if it fails prematurely or has a dishonest capacity.

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Suppliers lie? Well I had hope ifixit has more pull than eBay. But message received, want 1,000 cycles, get it from Apple.


iFixit guarantees the capacity, unlike most vendors. If it's one of the false capacity batteries they will make good and replace it. I've also made a few clarifications.


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