Original MBA Battery Replacement

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ks-man, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. ks-man
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    I have an original MBA which we use as a secondary computer (actually more like a sixthary counting iPads)

    I thought it was charged but it powered off after about 10 mins and a quick look shows me a battery health of 7% and a note saying Condition-Replace Now.

    I'd imagine this thing is toast so what is the cost to have the battery replaced by Apple? It probably is worth it to me for under $100 but if I decide not to, when was the last time the MBA was upgraded and what are the likely upcoming upgrades in the next version?

    Thanks.
     
  2. AlanShutko
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    Battery replacement on the original MBA was $129 when I had it done.

    Here's the MacRumor's buyer's guide on the MBA. It recommends holding off unless you need to replace.
     
  3. alphaod
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    Yeah at 7% health, I think it's time. ;)
     
  4. ks-man
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    I think I'm going to sell the computer. Other than the battery it is perfect. Do you think I'd get a better price listing it and saying it needs to have its battery replaced or replacing the battery myself and advertising it with a brand new battery?

    Basically do you think I'd get an extra $129 selling it with a new battery than selling it as is but acknowledging the battery performance?
     
  5. aoitsukinosuke
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    Listing it with the battery problem would either get you very few feedback as people opt for hassle free products or they would try to get a price way below than the $129 differential. I would.

    IMO; change the battery, tell them that it has a brand new battery with documentation and you should be better off.
     

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