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kylera

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Dec 5, 2010
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Recently, I've noticed that the "service battery" warning popped up on my 2012 MBA. The capacity is obviously shot given how often I used it on the go. However, I also got a brand new retina MacBook so I really don't have any intention on using my Air outside my home anymore.

Is it worth getting the battery replaced?
 

JonLa

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Dec 22, 2009
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Mine is a 2010 but I asked a Support Chat what the meaning of "service battery" was and he said it was triggered by the battery being able to hold under 80% of original capacity.
 

iKnowMr.Jobs

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Oct 17, 2010
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Nah man. I have an Air equally as old and intend to upgrade it really soon. If it's not your primary machine anymore, there isn't really much of a reason to invest anything into it at this point. I plan to keep mine as a Windows machine once I finally upgrade.
 

Samuelsan2001

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Oct 24, 2013
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Well just keep an eye out for a swelling battery if that happens it can destroy your Mac. At that point you either remove it and keep going or get it replaced.
 

kylera

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I might be wrong but doesn't the MacBook still need a working battery even if it's plugged in?

That is my understanding as well. I can only hope that the battery doesn't expand for the next few years. My MBA will be my backup laptop in case anything happens to my rMB.

EDIT: I stand corrected, at least for now. According to this post: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5226810?start=0

It is doable, but with conditions.
 
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