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After 3 years my mid-2010 17" MBP model is telling me it's time to replace the battery. The current one (model A1309, FWIW) has had ~1000 cycles now and can't hold the charge reliably anymore.

Being from a small EU country, I'm now facing a surprising dilemma. We only have one official reseller of Apple equipment and three or four companies that claim to service Apple devices, but I doubt they are all official. Nevertheless, I've sent an enquiry about the battery to all of them. One responded they can't deliver and another told me the price is €330, assembly included. I'm still waiting for the other responses, but I'm not optimistic.

In the mean time, a quick search of the web tells me there are plenty of EU-based sites that sell compatible batteries and deliver to my country. While some claim the batteries are OEM, it's obvious that most are knock-offs, otherwise they wouldn't cost sub $100, delivery included.

But my dilemma isn't so much about money (although $430 is a bit over the top for a laptop battery). It's about the fact, that there probably aren't any new OEM batteries available, because Apple moved away from 17" MBP models and user-replaceable batteries as a whole some time ago. Even at $430, whatever I get, probably won't be fresh from the assembly line. And I'm fairly certain I can't expect to get another 3 years out of a battery that's been laying around some warehouse unattended for 2+ years, OEM or not.

So I'm pondering... Is it better to try my luck with a much cheaper knock-off that's likely fresh, or trust the quality of an expensive and potentially quite old OEM battery?

What would you do given such predicament?

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Regardless how small the Country is did you try Amazon ?

I looked up and not 100% sure of your model, but they are around $80 to $100.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=apple+A1309&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Aapple+A1309

They claim to be OEM, and with Amazon you can always return the product.

Using some math wrt to life time. If the non OEM battery last only 18 months (1/2 the life of OEM), you will have to buy 2nd one to get to original 3 Years. Total cost $ 200!

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Sadly, electronic goods, such as this battery, don't ship to my country for some reason. In truth, I've only ever had luck with ordering books and DVDs from Amazon.com. I've also tried the major EU-based Amazon sites (amazon.co.uk, amazon.de, and amazon.it), but they don't have these batteries. –  aoven Apr 7 '13 at 8:45
    
Sorry, since you did not disclose the Country I could not know. –  Buscar 웃 Apr 7 '13 at 8:47
    
Oh, and wrt life-time & math: 2 non-OEM batteries for $200 is still excellent compared to 1 for $430, provided they don't swell or worse, catch fire. That's really my main concern with non-OEM batteries and one of the reasons I can't decide which way to go. –  aoven Apr 7 '13 at 8:49
    
Try Amazon.com and see if they will ship it to your country. I have done that few times. As long your country is not on the black list (ie. North Korea). –  Buscar 웃 Apr 7 '13 at 8:54
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I would have buy the battery on iFixit which provide a great service and a lot of good (OEM) products and change the battery by myself or a friend. (It's not so hard, as long as you can use a screwdriver and follow a tutorial!)

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