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A screwdriver is all it takes to replace MacBook Air battery

For those folks thinking of getting a MacBook Air, here's one less reason not to put it off. One of the complaints -- other than the price -- is the fact that the battery is not user-replaceable. However, according to AppleInsider, it's not rocket science for users to swap out the MacBook Air's battery.

For those folks thinking of getting a MacBook Air, here's one less reason not to put it off. One of the complaints -- other than the price -- is the fact that the battery is not user-replaceable. However, according to AppleInsider, it's not rocket science for users to swap out the MacBook Air's battery.

People familiar with the laptop say that the process simply requires "a single size-0 type Philips screwdriver and some diligence."

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Excerpt from AppleInsider:

Once flipped upside down, the MacBook Air's bottom cover is easily unscrewed and removed, providing immediate access to the battery cavity. From there, the battery can be unscrewed from the chassis with the same screwdriver and unplugged from the circuit board with a simple tug -- it's not soldered to the board.

Since this task can be completed by a service technician in as little as three minutes, the hypothesis is that Apple will in time offer the service at its retail stores.

I guess it won't be long before DIY MacBook Air batteries flood the market.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

5 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I've worked on IBM, Sony, HP, Compaq, and Dell laptops and have never needed any tool to remove the battery. They've all dismounted after nudging a few latches or clips. After all the flap about unreplaceable iPod batteries, I though Apple would have learned a lesson. I'm sure they'll be happy to sell you a logo'ed 'iDriver' for this job.

kentons
kentons

This still doesn't help the travelling user (for whom this notebook should have been designed). What am I going to do on my 8 hour trancontinental flight? If I start dismantling my notebook half-way through the flight, how long before someone jumps me and ties me up suspecting that I'm building a bomb? This is a hobbyist solution, not a real-world solution.

hkjjr
hkjjr

I know that we all do it occasionally, but normally taking the cover off of items that don't have designated access panels by those of us who are not authorized repair technicans means voiding the waranty. What are the ramifications in this case?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"If I start dismantling my notebook half-way through the flight, ..." Can't happen. TSA won't let you on board with a screwdriver, remember? At least, they're supposed to prevent this, when they're awake ...

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