Worth reconditioning the 2011 MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tzuten, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Tzuten macrumors 6502

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    I've had the 2011 MBA 13 inch that has served me faithfully for the past 4 years now. Never had one issue with it. I've upgraded to Yosemite, however a few of the new features are not supported now. Not a huge deal. I've seen some speed issues and the spinning beachball a lot more though.

    The battery on the MBA is starting to degrade substantially. The "service battery" is now on, and I get a max of 2.5 hours of general use before having to charge it again, so obviously I'm going to have to swap the battery.

    I'm thinking of retiring the MBA despite it still being pretty quick for most tasks I throw at it for the 2015 rMBP 13. Or should I just replace the MBA battery?

    My use cases are general web surfing, some light productivity work, etc. The Macbook is not a gaming machine so, I have a desktop for that, so "gaming" performance doesn't really concern me.

    4 years seems pretty good considering how much use it has. I just don't want to put money into it if it doesn't go another 2-3. General thoughts?
     
  2. Raunien macrumors 6502

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    It'll easily go another 2-3 if you continue to do what you are doing with your computer. I'd say it's worth it.
     
  3. SmOgER, Mar 23, 2015
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    SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    The battery is about 50 bucks, so you can think all you want, but I don't see how this can not be worth it, EVEN if you are gonna sell this device after all. :p

    Used MBA with brand new battery is easily worth more than the one with barely alive one definitely by more than $50.
     
  4. Tzuten thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good point... The battery replacement is a no brainer considering the cost. While the thought of having a new Mac is appealing, the Air has held up so well. I'll order the battery and mull over the rMBP for a bit.
     
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Really? a genuine Apple battery for $50? including labor?
     
  6. tmarks11 macrumors 6502a

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    Who needs to pay for labor?

    It takes no longer than 7 minutes to replace a battery. It isn't rocket science.

    This is the easiest laptop to repair that I have ever dealt with. The battery I just replaced on my 2010 MBA came with the necessary screwdrivers. Just make sure you push them down firmly in the holes while unscrewing so you don't strip them out, and don't try to get them too tight when screwing them in.

    Well worth extending the life, IMHO. These laptops are the most rugged machines I have ever seen. They will last forever.

    But $50 is a bit on the cheap side. I bought a replacement battery (non-Apple) from Amazon for $65, and ifixit sells theirs for $99.
     
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    So you trust 3rd party batteries? I say that because I have had bad experiences buying 3rd party PC laptop batteries, don't even last 1/4 of the original one.
     
  8. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    Amen, just put in a new battery now, enjoy no payments ;)on a new one:apple:

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    my experience has been 50/50 on 3rd parties, and the ones with no problems NEVER went beyond 1.5 years, the OEM:apple:'s still chuggin, go :apple::cool:
     
  9. tmarks11 macrumors 6502a

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    No, I don't trust them. Although my experience is with no-brand cordless power tool batteries, not laptops...

    You saying OEM as in "buy from Apple", or OEM as in "buy from ifixit"?

    I am assuming that Apple doesn't sell batteries alone, they want you to pay for installation as well?
     
  10. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    I've bought them from Apple, installed myself, simple really
     
  11. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    My opinion is to keep the MBA and do the maintenance on it.
     
  12. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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  13. tmarks11 macrumors 6502a

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    Good to know. How much did they charge for a new MBA battery? I didn't see it listed in their online store.
     
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  15. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    $120 ish??, bought it at the Apple Store International Mall Tampa Fl, came with a free install with a 1.5 hour wait, it's a 5 min job maybe, (2008 15" MBP) so I did it myself

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    sorry,should have said Apple Store:eek:
     
  16. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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  17. tmarks11 macrumors 6502a

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    You can buy "Rolexx" watches really cheap too on eBay.

    I just came across someone selling a $115 cheap chinese lathe chuck as if it were a $900 polish Bison late chuck. His add shows the box it came in... labelled with the $115 chuck part number.

    I suspect that eBay version is just as authentic as the $60 I bought from Amazon. The "designed by Apple" label on it cost the, 4 cents to print...
     
  18. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    That's why you need to do your research before proceeding on the items like this and buy only from high reputation sellers with high selling records. ;)

    Or you can save your time, and pay 3 times more for the exactly the same thing, but directly from Apple store if it gives you the piece of mind.
     
  19. tmarks11, Mar 27, 2015
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    tmarks11 macrumors 6502a

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    I just figured "Hey it is only $60" and bought a no-brand anyhow... maybe I will be sorry in 2 years, but it was only $60...

    High selling records on eBay don't always mean they are peddling expensive wares. :D The "lathe chuck" example I stated above was from someone with a high-selling pristine record. He has still not sold it, and resisted it for $200 instead of $300.
     
  20. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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  21. SmOgER, Mar 27, 2015
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    SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    I meant high selling records for that particular item and constantly receiving positive feedback with comments for it. Actually on aliexpress it's way easier to recognize the honest seller since they have ratings and reviews for each item (similarly like on Amazon). So with 100+ orders/reviews you can get a pretty clear picture about the quality or genuity of the product. Worst case scenario you can claim "item not as described" (not genuine), but it's extremely unlikely to happen if you are being cautious, yet obviously with rare items and collectibles there's entirely different story :p
     

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