Replace MacBook Air battery with 3rd party product?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dpace32, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. dpace32 macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2008
    Hello -

    As a follow-up to this thread, my 2012 13" MacBook Air battery does not live up to expectations. I took it to the genius bar and the best thing they would do is replace it for $129 and give me a 90 day warranty on it - w e a k in my mind.

    I would like to tackle this project myself to save some money. I see this battery on Amazon for ~$50 from CSE:®Laptop-Battery-020-7379--661-6055-Mid-2011/dp/B00RE72OKG/

    Has anyone used one of these batteries before? They claim 1 year warranty and it looks like it comes with the tools necessary. Just wonder what others thoughts on the repair job and this particular product. The iFixit guide doesnt look too difficult.

  2. prisstratton, Apr 3, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2015

    prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    I cannot speak about the battery, sorry. But, the repair job is very easy....believe me, if it takes you more than 5 minutes I would be surprised.

    Edit: Please note the caution on the iFixit site when handling the battery, if you mistreat the battery it can catch on fire.
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    This sound like an easy comparison but my experience is, a third party battery will give you less life-time charge cycles. And you think you have 1 year warranty from the other guy... well I bet they won't replace it it goes down to 80% worn after a few months, it will need to be a total failure before they will do anything.

    But if all you need is something to hold you over, then perhaps you won't need the 1,000 cycles after all.
  4. Airboy1466 macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2015
    You have a $1000 machine why would you want to risk it by using a cheap $50 battery from my experience with knock off battery they don't tend to last very long

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