MBPR - glued on battery...

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  1. 73CortinaV8 macrumors 6502

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    Li-ions last a couple of years, best case.

    Will apple offer a reasonable battery replacement for this laptop?

    I have to think 'no' - iFixit couldn't get the glued on battery out.
     
  2. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

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    The question is... how long does the battery last before needing to be replaced?

    If it lasts over 5 years, this might be a non-issue. If less, then it's an IMPORTANT issue.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    They offer battery replacements on all their other laptops, why should this one be any different?
     
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  5. 73CortinaV8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    if iFixit couldn't get it out, how is the average technician at the apple store going to get it out?
     
  6. samac92 macrumors 6502a

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    It's lithium-polymer not ion. Apple says these should last 5 years. Most people are unlikely to see the battery die in the notebook's lifetime.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    :rolleyes: Why does it even matter? Battery replacements will be available from Apple or Authorized Repair Shops.

    Edit: They already are. It's $200.

    http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro/service/battery/
     
  8. 73CortinaV8 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  9. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

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    Got a link?
     
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  11. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Wouldn't surprise me if they just replace the whole top case with the battery glued into it already, then send your old case back to be recycled or refurbished.

    When you take your iPad in to have the battery replaced, they actually swap you a whole new iPad for the battery fee.
     
  12. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    In terms of charging/discharging/lifespan, Li-ion and LiPoly are identical.

    LiPoly allows more flexibility in the packaging since Li-ion batteries require metal shells. That is their main advantage. This also makes them more prone to rupture, which is why they are still generally housed inside hard plastic cases. Or hard unibody cases for Macbooks.
     
  13. bhtooefr macrumors regular

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    Or, depending on trackpad cable routing, they may have a fixture that could slide under the battery, and separate the glue without damaging the trackpad cable.
     
  14. samac92 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, but the OP said the batteries will last less than two years while Apple says they're good for 5
     
  15. MisterSensitive macrumors regular

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    What does "last" mean? slowly declining duration of charge, I suspect.
     
  16. Macloven macrumors regular

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    My 4 y/o MBP has been incredibly reliable, other than the battery. I've lost track of how many were replaced, all under warranty. Out of warranty now and the one in there now is getting erratic so doubt it has long to go. So this makes me a bit nervous, but figure with AppleCAre covering a good part of the life, and $200 if it goes away, this isn't part of my buying decision.
     
  17. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html
     
  18. mobi macrumors 6502

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    My 2 yr old MBP 13" is used everyday and the battery life has been consistent, waiting to see if it drops off.
     

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