Introduction

Use this guide to replace the battery pack in the Microsoft Surface Pro.

*In order to access the battery, refer to the Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown Guide to remove the screen and core components of the Surface Pro.

Teardown Guide

  1. Using a T5 Torx screwdriver, remove a total of 23 screws from the screen bezel of the Surface Pro.
    • Using a T5 Torx screwdriver, remove a total of 23 screws from the screen bezel of the Surface Pro.

    My Surface Pro 1 needs a T4 screwdriver for these screws.

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  2. Lift the screen bezel from the Surface Pro.
    • Lift the screen bezel from the Surface Pro.

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    • Remove the 6 T5 screws from the panels on each side of the frame.

    • Remove 23 T2 screws from the panels.

    On my Surface Pro 1, the screws labeled as T5 are T3.

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    • Lift both metal panels from the frame.

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    • Using tweezers, gently pull the eight orange ribbon cables from their sockets.

    There’s an additional black ribbon cable (top center in picture) that needs to be unplugged. Also, open the release for the cables before trying to pull them out.

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    • Unscrew the 17 T5 torx screws on the mother board with the T5 torx screw driver

    There’s an 18th screw that needs to be removed. It’s in the upper right corner of the picture, but not circled.

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    The 6 screws holding the fans in place should not be removed (3 on each side - heads look different). They just attach the fans to the motherboard.

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    One of these screws is thinner than the others, which I didn’t notice until I started screwing them back in.

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    • Once all screws are removed, gently lift up the logic board with your hands to pull it out.

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    • Use your hands to pry off the entire battery pack with enough force to overcome the glue keeping the batteries in place.

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Conclusion

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

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Thank you for that awesome guide!

Do you know where can i buy a battery for surface pro 2??

Thanks

John john - Reply

I am also trying to find out where to acquire the Surface Pro batteries...???

Tristan Irons -

im also looking for a surface pro replacement battery.

Lekan Adesanya - Reply

I just bought one for $70 at a site called newpower99.com... should be here in 2 days. I have no idea if it will work, but it says it comes with a toolkit to replace it. I hope it works.

Matt -

Did you have success installing the Newegg battery?

asmac - Reply

sorry, make that newpower99

asmac - Reply

I guess we can assume the people who tired using the aftermarket batteries were killed in the process of repairing their Surface Pro. May their valiant efforts be remembered for all the days.

pocketdrummer - Reply

I completed this repair.

Notes:

The battery from newpower99 is the correct battery. It does not, however, come with the correct screwdrivers to complete the repair. (I believe they sent a T3, T4, and T5 torx when the repair requires a T2, T3, and T5).

The screen removal is the most difficult part of the repair. In addition to the cables on the bottom of the unit as other repairs have mentioned, the screen assembly itself is very vulnerable to being punctured. In places on the screen assembly, there is only a thin layer of tape sealing the gap between what looks like the LCD/Digitizer and the glass panel.

When you are prying the screen off, be very careful about how deep you go, as puncturing the seal can brick your screen (my screen fell victim to it).

To that end, pay very close attention to the bezel width. It is a different width on every edge. The left side is approximately the same width as the bezel on the glass, the right side is a mm or two skinnier, top is skinnier still and the bot is small.

Scalar - Reply

Continued:

Once the screen assembly is off, the repair is not bad. My unit is a surface Pro 2, so there were a few different screw placements, but it's almost the same.

The screws are incredibly obnoxious. Not only do they require three different screwdrivers, there are many multiple widths and lengths within a screw type. Screw organization is a must.

The adhesive is a big problem as well. The tape holding together my battery assembly looks like it bled some adhesive, which cause my logic board to stick to the battery. A precarious few minutes later, I was able to put enough pressure to pull the board without flexing it too much. The battery is basically welded to the back panel with tape and adhesive. It took all my strength to tear it off the back panel.

If you are reading this and looking to complete this repair, do yourself a favor and order a replacement screen assembly ahead of time. They are approximately $60 now, and there is a good chance of the screen not surviving disassembly.

Scalar -

The Microsoft part number for the OEM Surface Pro 1 Model 1514 battery is P21GU9. The Surface Pro 2 Model 1601 uses the same battery. If you search on eBay for “battery P21GU9”, you’ll find a lot of them - all from Chinese sellers. I just bought one that’s theoretically OEM and brand new (unused) for $35. The seller has a high rating, so hopefully it’s true.

Sheryl Canter - Reply

how do i glue the new battery back in place?

Franz Hofmann - Reply

You glue it back in with double-sided tape. You can get it on Amazon, but most batteries meant to be glued in come with the tape already on it. When my new battery gets here, I’m not going to glue it in as completely as it was. Seems like overkill, and it’s too hard to remove.

Sheryl Canter - Reply

I just removed the battery from my Surface Pro 1. I don’t have the new battery yet. If I try to plug it in with no battery, will I destroy it?

Sheryl Canter - Reply

Well, I had to try it. I plugged it in and turned it on (with no battery) and it worked! So I’m going to screw everything down and just run it this way. I don’t really need the battery (though I ordered it).

Sheryl Canter - Reply

Any chance anyone who’s done this replacement is still following this page? My Surface Pro 2 battery has started to majorly crap out, so I think I’m going to grab a battery here and give this a try. I have definitely not been happy with the build quality of my Surface, in fact, the adhesive at the bottom and 90% of each side has failed more than 6 months ago, so I’m thinking it should be much easier for me to remove the screen. I’ll mainly just need to deal with the top edge of the device.

My question is how to re-”glue” the screen once you take it off? Is that possible? I saw someone mention double sided tape to use to attach the new battery, but would you use the same thing for the screen? Hoping someone can help offer insight from experience. Thanks!

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