Should I exchange the MBA battery?

StoneJack

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MBA, 2013, 11 inch.
Battery is 80 percent good.
Holds charge for 5-6 hours.
Wondering if i should have it exchanged at Apple Store or maybe I can buy a no-name one from ebay and change myself? Or just leave battery as it is?
 

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This is pretty much an unanswerable question as presented. How often do you run out of battery life? What are you doing with your system? Does it bother you that you run out of battery life?

Pretty much everyone who uses a battery-powered device will run into a situation where the system runs out of juice. How often does this happen? How much does it inconvenience you?

Remember that Apple removed the "time remaining" calculation from the menu bar since it did not correctly assess the varied situations that today's MacBook users put their computers to.

No one here has the answers to all of these questions, no one can make that final assessment.

One thing for sure, I wouldn't buy a replacement battery from some eBay vendor since one can't be certain of the provenance of such components.

Good luck.

(Disclaimer: I have the exact same system, my battery says it is at 99% of original health. It's a meaningless number, I just assess how the computer's battery behaves today.)
 
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StoneJack

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Thanks for replies!
Oh well. I thought that my battery was losing its original capacity quite fast... I envy people who still have 99% of original capacity..
 

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Thanks a lot! I looked at their site and definitely liked their offerings.
I did some research and it seemed their batteries were better quality than the cheaper no names sold on Amazon. Newer Tech gives you the tools to install it along with instructions. Their battery looks identical to the one I took out and fit exactly. Some of the third party batteries from other vendors weren't an exact fit from what I read.

I use that computer everyday and am writing this post on it. The battery is doing very well.
 
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StoneJack

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Unfortunately, OWC would't ship to location where I am now..for some reason. So back to ebay, it seems. There are many sellers, unfortunately, no one knows what exactly they ship. Coconut battery says that my battery is 89% of its capacity (still good), but i get about 4-5 hours of work on it. Probably will have to go to Apple Store to have battery exchanged.
 

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Unfortunately, OWC would't ship to location where I am now..for some reason. So back to ebay, it seems. There are many sellers, unfortunately, no one knows what exactly they ship. Coconut battery says that my battery is 89% of its capacity (still good), but i get about 4-5 hours of work on it. Probably will have to go to Apple Store to have battery exchanged.
Computer batteries not inside a computer can only be shipped via ground. USPS says they won't mail batteries due to potential explosions. Seems stupid to me. How do repair shops snd Apple Stores get spare battery parts?

My mid 2013 MBA is at 79%, a little lower than the recommended percentage. Since I live outside the US, I'll have wait ti buy a new battery.
 
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StoneJack

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Computer batteries not inside a computer can only be shipped via ground. USPS says they won't mail batteries due to potential explosions. Seems stupid to me. How do repair shops snd Apple Stores get spare battery parts?

My mid 2013 MBA is at 79%, a little lower than the recommended percentage. Since I live outside the US, I'll have wait ti buy a new battery.
If you have found good vendors on ebay, please share the link
 

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Computer batteries not inside a computer can only be shipped via ground. USPS says they won't mail batteries due to potential explosions. Seems stupid to me. How do repair shops snd Apple Stores get spare battery parts?
If what you claim here is true, it is likely that the USPS (and other common carriers) enforces different policies between consumer battery shipments and business-to-business battery shipments.

We already know that various Apple devices (with batteries) ship via air all around the world. I suppose the credibility of the shipper is part of criteria used for judging acceptable shipments.

In the same way, the USPS doesn't allow parcels over a certain weight in their blue collection boxes, but will accept them in person at a post office. Larger packages are commonly picked up from businesses by mail carriers.

The thing you do not recognize is the difference between more-or-less anonymous consumer shipments and commercial shipments.
 

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I have put packages in the blue shipping boxes outside Post Offices that were heavier than the 13 oz without any problems. Just saying.
 
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