2012 Macbook Air battery user replaceable?

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  1. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    Hello all.

    I was watching a YouTube video where a guy replaced his MBA battery. I thought Apple has said that the battery is not user replaceable.

    Any rate, is the 2012 MBA battery user replaceable? I'm thinking about is one day the battery WILL go bad.

    Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It is not considered by Apple to be a user-replaceable part and doing so voids the warranty.
     
  3. stchman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    iFixIt isn't Apple. As I said, Apple doesn't consider the battery to be user-replaceable. From the MacBook Air User Guide:
     
  5. stchman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Fair enough, but it looks to be that if you have the proper screwdrivers, the battery can be replaced without sending it back to Apple.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Where are you going to buy the replacement battery?
     
  7. stchman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This doesn't change Apple's terminology. "Non-user replaceable" in Applespeak means that if you do it (regardless if it's actually possible or not) it will void Applecare.
     
  9. asting macrumors 6502

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    Nice finds! How much does apple charge to do it? The batteries cost a tad more than i expected.
     
  10. tjcad macrumors newbie

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    http://www.apple.com/support/macbookair/service/battery/

    Considering the replacement battery is around $80-$130. Comparing the apple and 3rd party ones the difference is not as big, you get to keep your warranty (if you still have one by that time anyway) and, its authentic (with some kinda warranty from apple I hope).
     
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    this. It is the same as replacing the optical drive with a HDD on the pros....you can do it, but it would void the warranty.
     
  12. asting macrumors 6502

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    Thanks that's exactly the thought process i had. I'll probably get a new battery in a few years then.
     
  13. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

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    Be careful replacing that battery. It's highly volatile.
     
  14. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    Just let Apple do it if you need it. You aren't going to save much by trying it yourself, and you have a lot to lose if you make a mistake or get a bad replacement battery.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery, due to the number of problems reported with "knockoff" batteries. Also, there is no assurance that knockoff batteries have the same charging technology that Apple uses, involving the battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board.

    You're better off using only Apple batteries, installed by Apple, to avoid voiding your warranty/AppleCare, and so that any future battery/power/charging issues can be addressed by Apple support.

    Battery Replacement
    Replacing the built-in battery in your MacBook Pro
    Replacing the Battery in your MacBook Air
    Intel-based Apple Portables: How to replace or service a built-in battery

    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions:
     
  16. stchman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, the thread appears to have gone off its intended purpose.

    I am not suggesting that you replace the MBA's battery "just cause". I was merely trying to indicate that IF the MBA's battery wears out (which it will eventually) that the user can replace the bettery if he/she is mechanically inclined.

    Of course I would not replace the battery myself if the warranty is still intact, that would be silly. If Apple would fix it for free under warranty why would I spend ~$100? Thing is that warranties are not forever, they eventually expire.
     
  17. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    What we are saying is, if Apple will replace it, even out of warranty, for $139, you'd be taking a BIG chance trying to save $20 by buying a third party battery and replacing it yourself.
     
  18. robdrj45 macrumors member

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    +1 (assuming one is near an Apple Store)
     
  19. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Depends. The thing is, by the time you actually need a replacement. I'm sure prices will come down on 3rd party.

    $20 difference I'd just go to apple. If in 1.5yrs I can get 3rd party for $50-70 as an example and apple is still $139 I'd just get third party.
     
  20. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    A lot of assumptions there, but OK. Still wouldnt be worth it to me.
     
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  22. stchman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I could not agree more. Savings of $20 or less would not be worth the risk.

    I can see that with the MBA's popularity, that an aftermarket battery in the future could cost $50.
     
  23. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    So lets say you are right - these third party batteries get to $50.

    Are you saying that for $139 - $50 - $10 (for the pentelobe tool) = $79 you would be willing to:

    1. Give up your Applecare warranty (if you had one).
    2. Order parts from a third party and deal with ordering and shipping.
    3. Disassemble your machine and extract and reinstall the battery.
    4. Take a chance on whether the 3rd party battery will perform and not hurt the machine.

    That just seems like a lot of activity and risk for a relatively small amount of money, but every person has to make their own decisions on stuff like that.
     
  24. OneMike macrumors 603

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    1) Most would only do after warranty expired otherwise no I wouldn't void it. Would just go to apple.
    2) Yes, do this all the time. Many have free shipping / no tax, and you can usually find suppliers within 500 miles of you or less.
    3) Yes, DIY all the way.
    4) This is the question... obviously check sources and make sure they're reputable.

    Not really a lot of activity. I agree though, have to make your own decisions. Not about price solely, some are just DIY people.
     
  25. stchman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you look at the writing on the battery and the outside of the case, the MBA is made in China. This means they use Chinese batteries.
     

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