Expect to pay for battery replacement

Discussion in 'iPad' started by maflynn, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. maflynn Moderator

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    No exactly shocking news but cnet is reporting that apple will charge 100+ bucks to replace the battery and you'll need to send it in. that is why I hate non-user replaceable batteries. I'm sure some of us could live w/o an iPad for a week, but the same goes for the iPhone and MBPs. [/rant]
     
  2. T4R06 macrumors 65816

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    pls consider this..
    you will not pay $99 if you still have the manufacturers warranty (1Yr)
    ...after a year $99 will be offered.

    so what's wrong with the $99???
     
  3. Caris macrumors 6502a

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    Or just get AppleCare off eBay for the same price.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I agree. The best ones are walls of text with bolding and italics. Perhaps a couple of font size changes too and maybe switching the odd phrase to red.
     
  5. swarmster macrumors 6502a

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    You hate non-user replaceable batteries because they're cheaper? Dell's user replaceable netbook battery is $150, makes your netbook bigger, and sure doesn't last 10 hours.

    Apple's batteries are smaller, last longer, and replacement cost is comparable if not cheaper than the alternative. I've never really figured out what world these people live in where laptop batteries have ever been cheap, built-in or not.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    AND THE BELOVED "I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO DISABLE CAPS LOCK" METHOD.
    Or When Every Single Word Is Written With A First Capital Letter.*


    *: How can one do that all the time, it seriously hampers the flow of writing.
     
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  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    You also get a brand new iPad so the 100 feels more reasonable. It bears mentioning that the battery is user-replaceable, its just not a simple thing to do. There are plenty of cheap iPhone battery replacement kits out there. I've had a Mophie JuicePack on my 3GS almost from when I bought it and wouldn't hesitate to get one for the iPad, should I get one. Not only will it double my usable battery life, but also keep my internal battery fresh.

    Being without your phone is slightly different than your MBP or iPad.
     
  9. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    The Dell mini 9 (and 10v, and maybe 10) use a user changeable battery which runs the machine for 3-4 hours and costs $99 plus shipping if you want a replacement.

    I'm certainly not complaining about a $99 10-hour battery. Plus, the word is they will actually be sending you a refurb unit with a new battery, meaning you'll get a nicely refreshed iPad (clean and shiny - every Apple refurb device I've had has been cosmetically perfect) and probably a short 30-60 day warranty, too.

    Not a bad deal at all.
     
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Its hard to make a cost comparison to other batteries until we know the mHA rating of the iPad's battery.

    Every refurb I've bought from Apple, including replacement iPhones, come with the standard 1 year warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.
     
  11. maflynn thread starter Moderator

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    I hate non-user replaceable batteries because they prevent me from changing them. Instead I need to send them to apple. While on the iPad you may be able to live w/o your iPad for a week, the same cannot be said for my phone or laptop.
     
  12. goobot macrumors 603

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    so what? you get a new ipad for 100 bucks and if still in the one year period free. plus if its a non removable battery it makes it bigger.
     
  13. thejakill macrumors 6502

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    Please let this be a sign that we are nearing the bottom of the troll barrel.
     
  14. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

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    Huh? My colleague had a defective battery in his MBP. He went over to the mall for lunch, walked into his genius appointment, got a new battery and the genius even cleaned his MBP inside an out. All for free and less than 45 minutes and the thing looked brand new when he returned.

    Even those that have had to send them in have been out less than 2 days turnaround.

    If this doesn't please you, there are numerous places on the internet that will sell you replacement batteries for apple gear and give you the simple instructions for doing it yourself, or you local Apple authorized repair center can do it for you.
     
  15. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    I just want to make something clear, you do not get a brand new iPad for 99$, you either get your old one with new battery or another refurb unit. Not a brand new one.
     
  16. goobot macrumors 603

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    its has new pieces and case. thats better than new
     
  17. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    A refurb unit with a new battery is better than a brand new unit from the factory? Brand new unit means it could be 2011 model instead of 2010. That's not going to happen.

    Its plain and simple, Apple will not send you a new model or new unit. They'll send you another exact unit, most likely used/returned units that has been tested.
     
  18. goobot macrumors 603

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    yes tested with new pieces is better than a one with new pieces not tested
     
  19. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    Don't kid yourself, they are not any better than any new one just because they got tested. For all we know, all they do is power it on, run software test and that's it. They do the same quality checks on the new ones, just at random time to ensure nothing changes between batches, which rarely do.
     
  20. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I've had plenty of refurb devices from Apple and they are cosmetically perfect, feature the same warranty, and have never given me any issues. So after two years I have no problem paying a hundred and getting what amounts to a new iPad in my eyes.
     
  21. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    For iPods, it is my experience that Apple replaces the exterior of refurb unit with new parts. They are too cosmetically flawless to be anything else.

    In general, I agree that I usually prefer refurb hardware to new, if the refurb process is good, like Apple's. New hardware is spot tested, maybe 1 in 100 units. Refurbed hardware is individually tested and examined for perfect functionality. Mistakes happen in both, but seem to be less common, imo, in refurbs.
     

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