MacBook Air 13" Late 2010 Battery Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace a dead battery in your MacBook Air 13" Late 2010.

Use this guide to replace a dead battery.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the following ten screws:

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Before proceeding, close your computer and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 9 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the eight 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the lower case and set it aside.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

  • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Three 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Three 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

    • Two 2.4 mm T5 Torx screws

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the four exposed lithium polymer cells.

  • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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2 Comments

I received the batter for my late 2010 in good order. The instructions were easy to follow and the replacement went well. The two tools mentioned are a must - the P5 pentalobe and T5 torx.

My disappointment is that the battery from iFixit is, in fact, not new. No, it has not been used and shows 6700 mAh design capacity. However, Coconut Battery reports the manufacture date of the battery as 12-14-2011 or 1134 days. Also, I am getting 4-6 hours when I expected 5-7. What is the shelf life of an unused battery?

Perhaps iFixit may wish to change the battery description from "Brand New" to "Never Used" and put the manufacture date.

Thanks

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lalit - Reply