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How to make your wife happy with a new MacBook Air battery...

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MacBook Air 13" Mid 2013

MacBook Air 13" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement

MacBook Air 13" Mid 2013 Battery Replacement

15 minuten

Moderate

Mijn probleem

My wife had been complaining that her MacBook Air would die in less than an hour after running on the battery. I was a little skeptical and thought it might have something to do with all the Chrome tabs she had open.

I was wrong. After it continued to happen, I took a look, and indeed, the battery was complaining that it needed some service.

After some Googling, it seems like after 2 years the batteries can start to go south. So now what??

Apple wanted 130 bucks and 5ish days to fix it.

I thought that was ridiculous, so I want back to Google looking for an OEM battery. You guessed it, iFixit had one. Although it was the same price, the repair looked easy enough and wouldn't require it be with Apple for 5 days.

Mijn oplossing

The battery arrived pretty quickly (a few days). Awesome!

So I grab my T6 screw driver, flip the MacBook over and... WTF is this Pentalobe non-sense? I think, hmm, maybe I should have RTFM a little better on iFixit.

Ok, Amazon, what you got for Pentalobe? After looking around I ended up getting the iFixit 54 Bit Driver Set Primed to me.

Ok, lets try this again...

Flip over the MacBook...10 Pentalobe screws out in a jiffy. 5 T5's for the battery, pop the ribbon cable...the old one is out.

Dusted out the inside with some canned air, and we are ready for the new one. Fits like a glove. Replace the 5 T5 screws. Put the cover back on and replace the 10 Pentalobes.

Power on and we are done in less than 20 minutes.

And for me it means a happier wife now that she can go without an outlet for more than ten paces :)

Mijn advies

Read the darn instructions iFixit gives. I'm positive they mentioned the screw drivers and I just skipped over them.

Every job is easier with the right tools.

I really like the 54 bit driver set these folks make. Well thought out.

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