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Garrote for the win!

Stan -

MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012

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MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Upper Case Assembly Replacement

2 uren


Mijn probleem

Battery was draining on no time at 386 cycles!

Mijn oplossing

I took a serious shortcut and saved a ton of time and effort on this repair. Found some heavy duty mono-filament in the studio, tied the ends to some 1/2" square dowel rod sections, and taped the handles for comfort with some gaffers. I believe this is referred to as a garrote, used in film for silent mafia stranglings.

I didn't remove the fans, motherboard, or anything other than unplugging the old battery and taking off the two battery terminal screws.

I just tucked the mono-filament behind the top corners of each battery cell, then held down the computer and slowly cut through the adhesive by pulling forward. I found pulling one side while holding tension on the other was more effective than trying to pull both at once. About half a dozen strokes and the cell popped up, and I used a card to snap the last bit of adhesive at the bottom. Repeated for all 6 cells, being especially careful around the one with the track-pad cable. It took about 10 minutes to remove the old battery.

Removing glue residue, on the other hand, took a good portion of an hour, a little at a time, using smalls squirts of adhesive remover to avoid spills. I started with the guitar pick, then the iFixit cards, then moved on to the spudger, which worked best by far.

Mijn advies

Make a garrote and cut the adhesive.... super effective!

MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Mid 2012-Early 2013) Battery afbeelding
MacBook Pro 15" Retina (Mid 2012-Early 2013) Battery


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