Any danger of soldered-in batteries?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tootles, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Tootles macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    I remeber something about Apple switching from a replaceable (though still proprietary) battery in the iPod to one that's soldered-in, rendering it non-replaceable. Is the MBA in danger of falling into the same disposeable paradigm?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Replacing the built-in battery in your MacBook Pro

    This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I think what GGJStudios is trying to say is that Apple offers a replacement program for all "built-in batteries" including the iPod, MBA, MBP, etc... there's nothing disposable about them.

    Here's an Apple link about battery replacement in iPods

    Links for MBAs and MBPs are in GGJStudios' response.

  4. apdg macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    The extra short answer is, no.

    The MBA's battery is not actually soldered to the logic board. It connects with a small cable and plug. When you take one in to have the battery replaced at a genius bar (if thats the option you go for when it's new battery time) they'll take off the bottom case, unplug the old battery, plug in a new one, and give your machine back to you.

    With iPods on the other hand. Genius bars are not equipped to dismantle iPods on the spot. So they replace it with a "remanufactured" one. Yours, in turn, gets sent back to be "remanufactured" (i.e. have its battery, case and any parts that aren't up to snuff, replaced) itself.

    So while the batteries in the two products are equally out of sight of their users, the process for getting to and replacing them is very different.

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