'09 vs '10 battery life: swap possible?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sfphoto, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    From what I can tell the performance of the 13in MBA '09 (MC233LL/A) and '10 (MC503LL/A) are similar however the battery of the '10 supposedly has much longer life.

    My question is can a longer life batery be installed in an '09 or does the older machine simply drain batteries faster?

    Have limited spending budget but do need long life battery.

    Thanks and happy Thanksgiving!
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2011
    I think the older machine just drains the battery that fast. On top of the CPU being an older generation, the chipset itself also seems to drain more battery.
  3. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You cannot install a battery from one model into a different model.

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