My mid-2009 15″ MacBook Pro (A1286) has developed a nasty habit in the last couple of days. It suddenly discharges its entire battery without warning, and won't start until it's had about 10 minutes charging afterwards. This happens even when plugged into the mains and on 100% charge. So far it's only happened after a long day's use (plugged in all day), but it's happened three times now. The cycle count is 768, according to Apple support the maximum cycle count on my model is 1000, so it shouldn't be end days yet. It's also displaying the condition as "normal".

I've ordered another battery which should be arriving tomorrow, but I'd really appreciate knowing why this is happening, and how I can avoid it happening again. I've lost some important work due to these shutdowns, and I'm worried about where the charge is going - if the battery fried the logic board I'd be up the creek.

Any ideas?

  • Are you charging it with a 90W power adapter ? Oct 16, 2013 at 22:00
  • I'm using a 45W adapter.
    – Wilf
    Oct 16, 2013 at 22:04

2 Answers 2


Your problem is (or was) your Power Adapter.

45W that's enough for a MacBook Air but definitely not for a 15" MacBook Pro.

Apple shipped a 60W or 85W power adapter with these MacBook Pro (depending on the processor)

  • So has the adapter permanently damaged the current battery? I'm assuming the right wattage is 90w? Thanks.
    – Wilf
    Oct 16, 2013 at 22:17
  • I'm not 100% sure your battery is damaged, it's likely but nothing is worth a test. Changing to a 85/60W charger is a MUST or you'll have the same problem. I edited my post. The shipped power adapter was either a 60W or 85W cf link. Oct 16, 2013 at 22:21

Try a better charger. It may help and solve the problem. Hope this helps

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