Air 2 battery life is shot, what are you going to do?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kendo, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68010

    Apr 4, 2011
    To all the Air 2 owners who have hung on for four years now, when you eventually replace it, what are you going to do? My iPad can barely hold a 4-5 hour charge now so I would feel like I'd be ripping someone off if I sold it on Craigslist or eBay. And it certainly isn't worth paying $99 for a replacement. Even as a hand me down, it seems more hassle than it is worth. After watching 2 movies, the battery is shot.
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Sell it, while fully disclosing the battery situation. See what people are willing to pay. They may be willing to replace the battery themselves.
  3. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    At 3.5 years old the Air 2 is still a really great device (especially considering that Apple is still selling an iPad which in some ways is a modest upgrade to the Air 2 and in other ways is a downgrade from the Air 2), and used ones are still fetching a good price second hand. It may not be worth it to you to pay for the battery replacement to keep it, but it may be worth it to have the battery replaced to sell it (for top dollar assuming it is otherwise in good shape) or to sell it as is and fully disclose the state of the battery to potential buyers. Considering what I use it for, my Air 2 is still going strong.
  4. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Even a refurbished iPad (latest gen) is $279 for a 32 GB. They aren't much more powerful and the Air 2's screen is better. I would do the $99 battery replacement if the Air 2 was on good physical condition.
  5. mateo124 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    I was under the assumption Apple just replaces entire iPads instead of just the battery when you want a replacement. Anyone have experience with the procedure? Perhaps it’s changed over the years.
  6. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    Replace it at a small local shop if you're hell bent on keeping it.

    4-5 hours for 3.5 year old device is fairly standard IMO. You can't possibly expect to buy a 4 year old used device and receive 8-10 hour battery life.
  7. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    While the Air2 screen is better, replacing a cracked one is a huge pain. The LCD/digitizer is fused costing nearly the same as replacing an iPad Pro display, in my area about $199 at cost / $249 if shopped out. Whereas the iPad ( 2017 ) version cracked display replacement is $99 anywhere, a bit cheaper if you shop around.
  8. peglegjack macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I’ve had mine since day 1, and somehow I only have a little over 350 cycles. The battery is at 91% capacity, and honestly I can’t tell much difference battery wise. Perhaps I’m lucky? Amazing device, I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it. It’s helping me get through grad school at the moment.

    I’ll probably just keep it until the wheels fall off.
  9. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    • Keep it as a bedside or desktop device.
    • Use it as a rotating picture frame.
    • Keep it connected to a speaker and use it just for music.
    • Kept it as an Apple TV remote.
    • Make it into a single purpose home automation tool.
    • Use it as a “guest” device (I.e. when people come over and “just want to check something”)
    • Keep it around as a backup.
    • Hand it down to family/friends.
    • Flyswatter.
  10. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Yeah but he hadn't indicated the screen is cracked in the OP as far as I can see. So we are just talking a battery replacement. Still a very good tablet IMHO.
  11. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Pay the $99 and get the battery replacement. My Air2 still works great and I would never consider replacing it while it still performs so well
  12. augustya macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2012
    Did you check it with Apple? They are what charging $99 for Changing the battery on the Air-2 ?
  13. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    As long as the ipad is running good, i would do the battery replacement, as I tend to pass electronics down to the kids/other family. If I routinely sold my electronics, no, as I wouldn’t get the value back even with a fresh battery on the used market.
  14. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Mine is still at 91% health and I bought it 3 months after its release. Still upgraded to the iPad Pro 10.5 last year. It was rather random too. I went to Dubai and realized they got no sales tax so I went crazy at the Apple Store there lol
  15. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    I don't recommend replacing the battery. Save the $99 and save the potential of something else going wrong during the replacement (not all damage is immediate), live with the reduced 3-4 hour battery life, and continue on. Apple didn't design these things to go beyond 3-4 years of use.

    @bensisko already provided a great list of alternative uses for it. I'll add a few more:
    • Get an iCade cabinet and turn it into a dedicated gaming system (*)
    • Get the Duo Pinball controller and turn it into a dedicated pinball game (*)
    • Use it as a "picture tube" for a vintage TV (*)
    • Mount it to a wall, install the EarthCam Webcam app, and use it as a "virtual window"
    (*) - I am actually doing these things with the iPads that I've retired from daily use.


    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Why use a material (aluminum) for the shell that will last 10-20+ years but saddle it with a battery that will only be useful for 4... and NOT provide a way for the user to replace that battery? But that is a topic for another thread.
  16. Southern_Vet macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2018
    Donate for tax write off and buy a new one.

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