MacBook Pro Floureon battery

I own an old early 2011 MacBook Pro, I'm considering to buy a new laptop but the new MacBook Pro doesn't meet "pro" requirements, is too expensive for what it provides, comes with a useless touch bar and is not upgradable.

My current MacBook Pro has been upgraded during the years (without requiring to go to an Apple Store):

  • changed the hard drive when it failed,
  • added more RAM,
  • changed the hard drive for an SSD,
  • removed the DVD drive to put an extra hard drive and create a fusion drive (hard drive + SSD),
  • changed the SSD for a bigger one and put back the DVD drive.

So I keep upgrading it and now, with the sunny weather coming back, I tried to work outside but quickly realised that the battery runtime has reduced drastically during the last few months. Unlike the new MacBook Pro, I can change the battery on the 2011 one. But the question is where to buy a new battery. Either go to Apple to change the battery for 140 € (and I'm not even sure they do it for a 6 year old computer) or buy online one the multiple compatible batteries.

The problem with the compatible batteries: only Chinese companies are selling them and there is no way to find out which kind of cells they really use. Last time I bought a compatible battery for my previous MacBook, it died after a few months. At that time there was not too many "fake reviews" but nowadays it's even more difficult to find a quality product as we can't trust the reviews on online stores.

The other thing with bad quality batteries, they tend to burn and explode. That's not a good thing 😉.

I ended up with a Floureon battery compatible with Apple A1322 battery:

There was cheaper ones, but it was the one with the fewer bad reviews and the one providing the more details about the battery specifications. According to their specs I'm expecting almost 3 hours runtime while working and longer with lighter load.

Review of the Floureon 6100 mAh A1322 battery


First thing I noticed is that the seal was not sealed but already broken. Otherwise in the box we find the battery in an antistatic bag, surrounded by foam and the 2 screwdrivers necessary to replace the battery. One is a regular Phillips screwdriver but the other one is a less common 3 wing screwdriver for the screws holding the battery.


Installation is pretty easy, just follow the excellent iFixit tutorial.

I did also reset the SMC to be sure the battery is properly handled.

Right on reboot the battery was already holding 77 % charge and I let it fully charge.


The original Apple battery has a design capacity of 5800 mAh and the Floureon one is 6100 mAh. CoconutBattery shows the real design capacity is 6000 mAh but a current charge capacity of 6189 mAh.


First discharge round

I did a first test with something similar to my regular work load (bear in mind that it's not a constant load):

Remaining chargeElapsed time
80 %34 min
70 %52 min
60 %72 min
50 %85 min
40 %112 min
30 %138 min
20 %157 min
10 %174 min
Alert: 5 %185 min

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That first round was quite similar to what was expected.

P.S.: This post will be updated in a few months to tell how the battery ages.

Second discharge round (2018-03-17)

I have been using this new battery for almost a year and the good news is that it's still working! The replacement battery in my older MacBook died after 3 months. I'm not very nomad so the battery indicator says it's been through 7 complete cycles.

Remaining chargeElapsed time
90 %14 min
80 %27 min
70 %39 min
60 %52 min
50 %70 min
40 %91 min
30 %103 min
20 %116 min
10 %129 min
Alert: 5 %141 min

The system was under heavy load from 100 % to 60 % then light load to 40 % then medium load until the end.

Coconut stills report the battery as 100 % design capacity. Looks like this battery was a good choice.

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