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Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gailcalder, Aug 19, 2013.
When to replace iMac air laptop battery? Mine is really holding charge for only two or so hours now.
What is an iMac air?
It is called "MacBook Air", as written on the bottom bezel. The "iMac" is a desktop computer.
As for the battery, how old is it and how do you use it and have you read this FAQ yet?
This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
Apple Notebook Battery FAQ by GGJstudios
The F.A.Q. includes the following topics:
BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE
CHECKING STATUS AND HEALTH
WHAT IS A CYCLE?
BATTERIES ARE NOT COVERED
BULGING OR SWELLING BATTERY
Apple says about 1000 full cycles to 80% capacity which is around when you'd need to replace the battery. That could be several years for some and only a couple of years for others depending on usage.
The bottom line is, if your battery capacity is drastically less than when it was new, I'd take it into an Apple store (or to an Apple Authorized Seller or repair facility) and have them check it out. They will let you know if you do indeed need to replace the battery.
You might also download an app like coconutBattery which will tell you how old your Mac is and what the battery capacity is now compared to when it was new. You should also be able to get this information from the system report (click "About This Mac" in the black Apple on the upper left of the Menubar).
Ugh... sure is not an Apple knock off?
iMac Air... you just gave Apple their new entry level desktop idea.
Thanks for the links, the helpful responses and the jocularity. I forgot to mention that the laptop now feels very warm when it actually sits on my lap.'
I will have the local Appel guys check it out next week when I am in their "hood.
I purchased it (Macbook air) new in late Nov.2011 and use it pretty regularly, but not 1000 charges worth.
I just sold my 13" 2011 MBA about three weeks ago. It would still hold a charge good enough to get through a 12 hour day with a little sensible power management. I did a test recently with full screen brightness and a movie playing in iTunes. I got around 5 hours IIRC.
I don't know if this will help on the MBA, but it cured a bunch of issues on my 2008 MBP: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US