Air battery @ 80% health ... replace?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by OceanFrog, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. OceanFrog macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
    I have a 2014 MBA which currently gets about 2 hours battery use ... battery health at 80%.

    I’ve been told this is effectively end of life for a MBA batttery. Is this true? If not, would it be a good idea to replace the battery now?

    Any suggestions as to where would be the beat place to get the battery replaced would be much appreciated. Or can I do it myself without too many problems?
  2. Abs_p macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2011
    It's EOL yes.

    Apple charges $130 to replcae the battery AFAIK. You can get it replaced there or you can try ubreakifix.

    If you are confident enough and know what you are doing you can try it yourself.
  3. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015
    I have a 2014 MBA as well. Here are my stats:

    Original Max: 7150
    Current Max: 7065
    Health: 98-99%

    Cycles: 238
    Manufacture Date: April 29, 2014

    Would be interested to see your stats. I used "Battery Health 2" in the App Store.
  4. OceanFrog thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
    How the hell do you have 99% battery health on a 2014 MBA?????

    Would be so kind as to tell us how you manage your battery please???

    I’m away from home tonight ... I’ll post exact battery stats tomorrow.
  5. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015
    I'm not sure what the last owner did (or when they actually purchased this MBA), but I got it second-hand Spring of 2017 and it was at 208 cycles?
  6. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I wonder if the coconut battery app would yield the same battery stats.
  7. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    As others have noted, its service life has ended. Most of the reporting Apps have a considerable margin of error, but if your runtime is down to two hours, and you are confident this is not software-related, then it is safe to say that the unit needs replacement.

    Luckily, the price for an OEM Air battery isn't too bad at $129.
  8. Lgswe, Dec 30, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2017

    Lgswe macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2014
    I have a 2010 MBA as well. Here are my stats:And here of the MacBook Pro retina 2012

    Attached Files:

  9. dlopan macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2008
  10. irish2110 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    I am having the same issue but with a MBA mid 13. Is it better to replace the battery or buy a new machine? Here are some of my stats.

    Full Charge Capacity 3574
    Cycle Count 508
  11. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    A mid 2013 MBA is still a very good machine and the cost of a new battery is going to be a better value than buying a replacement Air.
  12. irish2110 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Much appreciated and I think I agree with you. i have no issues with my MBA13 as it still runs fine and completes all the tasks that I need it to.
  13. OceanFrog, Jan 23, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2018

    OceanFrog thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
    OP here again.

    Strange happenings ... my MBA was showing a drop to 60% battery health for the last 2 weeks and the "service battery" symbol was showing. Now its back to 80%. I've attached a coconutBattery screenshot taken today.

    Btw, the MBA is mid-2012 not 2014 as stared in the OP.

    There is no Apple store in Ireland, but I would be willing to travel to Belfast Apple store if the advice is to get the battery serviced/replaced. Is it as simple as calling up the Apple store and booking an appointment? Can they replace the battery that day while I wait?

    Thanks in advance for any answers.

    Attached Files:

  14. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    I have had the same behavior on mine round about two years ago and it got worse. Yet, it lasts for about an hour. I guess this is the regular end of a battery’ life cycle.

    Before replacing a battery consider that older MacBooks at some point run out of OS support. Mine this year. So, I just use it being plugged in and waiting for some redesigned MacBook Air (I guess this won’t happen) or an updated MacBook (at least improved FaceTime camera).
  15. cirial macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    Pompano Beach, FL
    My MBA 2012 is dipping below 80% now a days.. I'm very confident changing it out myself... I just want to find a reliable battery replacement that won't cost me $129. I'd like near Apple quality, but for not the whole cost!

    Anyone have any experience with third party batteries such as ifixit or OWC?
  16. Macdctr, Feb 26, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2018

    Macdctr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Ocean State
    I found my new MacBook Air battery at La-Tronics for $49.99 shipped. But I just caught that you have a mid 2012. Here is a link to a new 2012 Battery

    Price is $53.95 still cheaper than going thru Apple.

    This is listed as:
    New Genuine Original Apple Macbook Air 11" A1465 Battery A1406 A1370 2011 2012
    Manufacturer: Apple
    Model: A1406, A1465, A1370
    Part Number Compatibility: 661-6068
  17. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I wager this isn't an Apple original battery. The weird symptom suggests, it's done for.
  18. duncho macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009

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