P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air

$11.95

Product code: IF145-090

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P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air

$11.95

Product code: IF145-090

Product Overview

Beat the proprietary lock on your MacBook Air or Pro Retina.

  • Fits the 5-point pentalobe screws found on the bottom of recent MacBook Air and all MacBook Pro with Retina Display laptops.
  • Sturdy precision driver with a solid metal shaft, rubberized plastic handle, and spinning top.
  • Fixed driver makes frequent repairs much easier.
  • Upgrade to pro for an ESD safe professional-grade driver.

Also available as part of the Pro Tech Screwdriver Set or as one of the individual bits in the 54 Bit Driver Kit

Product Details

$7.95 iFixit

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

A staff favorite!

$11.95 Pro / USA

 
 

Condition:

New

Notes:

The nicest MacBook Air driver available anywhere! Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty, this very nice driver will be the last one you have to buy. Features a reversible tip, with the pentalobe driver on both sides, so you have redundant reliability.

ESD handle with swivel top.

$8.95 iFixit / Retail Packaged

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

In retail packaging with hang tab.

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Stories

My Problem

Defective keyboard because water projection

My Fix

I have followed with success a tutorial seen on youtube!

My Advice

Nothing

Adriano's Story Photo #797446
Adriano's Story Photo #797447

My Problem

Water damaged MacBook Air which is still - very fortunately - working but unfortunately the Airport/Bluetooth card started corroding and stopped working.

I had been using a wifi adapter connected by USB which proved challenging.

Found the part I needed on ifixit. Very handy that it came with the necessary tools.

Followed repair guide as carefully as I could and was very pleased when I turned my MacBook Air on and the wifi was back to normal!

Amazed how it shipped over from the USA in a few days to the UK. I was able to have the kit by the end of the week.

My Fix

Easier than the expected. Instructions on the repair guide are good. Only took me 10 minutes.

My Advice

Take your time and be relaxed.

My Problem

By system alarm to exchange battery.

My Fix

Do it myself, with read iFixit web page.

My Advice

Nothing to do, just need to use appropriate tools.

My Problem

Battery life of my MacBook Air is noticeably growing shorter.

My Fix

I haven't replaced the battery yet. I did remove (and replace) the back cover to be double extra sure of the battery P/N and spec before ordering a new one. The iFixit repair guide and screwdriver were a great help. I see the "genuine" Apple part is no longer available so my task is to find a quality replacement. I'll comment that you need to be careful not to cross thread those are itty bitty screws.

My Advice

I downloaded a freebie app called Battery Health that gives a nice drop-down of battery stats. It reports my battery's health is at 52% meaning it will hold 52% of the charge it would have when new. I'm going to hold off a little while longer before replacing it.

I had originally thought to replace the computer when the battery failed but due to compatibility issues with Mac's new OS X El Capitan I'm stuck in yesterday's world.

I highly recommend getting the good quality pentalobe screwdriver because those little screws are not very forgiving and would be really easy strip.

My Problem

The battery on my wife's MacBook Air (mid 2012) was dying quickly. It only provided about 30 minutes before shutting down the computer without any warning. A new battery was clearly needed.

My Fix

We ordered the spare battery (new) and the required P5 and T5 screwdrivers from iFixit. Replacing the battery was a matter of removing a few screws, unplugging a flat connector and swapping batteries before screwing everything in place again. The only challenge was that the screws were very tiny (we used double-sided tape to keep them secure on the workbench).

My Advice

Most of the exterior P5 (pentalobe) screws were very tightly fastened and the screwdriver easily slipped over the screw heads. To avoid damaging the screws, we had to be careful not to apply too much torque on the screwdriver, but rotating steadily, making sure the tip of the driver was securely in the screw head.

My Problem

My Macbook had been making a clicking noise for days. Since it does not have any moving parts other than fans, I knew what the problem was. A local shop estimated $200 to replace both fans.

My Fix

I decided to just order the tool from ifixit to take a look. I got the bottom cover off the Macbook easily, taking care to sort the screws as two of them are shortr. I found a small screw from the fan housing had lodged in the blades of the left fan. I took it out and reinstalled it where it should be. Problem solved for $12. Took about 10 minutes.

My Advice

Its a good idea to have the 5 pointed star driver on hand.

My Problem

The battery in my 2011 Macbook Air wasn't holding a charge anymore, so I could get about 45 minutes of solid use before it started spinning to save memory before hibernation.

My Fix

The repair couldn't have been easier. The tools were right, the guides were great, and the whole thing took maybe 20 minutes.

My Advice

The tape trick definitely came in handy. Make a couple of loops of scotch tape and stick them to your work area. Then, any time you remove one of those ridiculously tiny screws, stick it to the tape. They don't get lost, are easy to count, and if you lay the tape out in the order that the guide mentions them, it's easy to remember what's what.

My Problem

The battery in my 4 year old MacBook Pro was acting up - erratically switching off although still 40% full, diminishing uptime, and telling me it needed "servicing". Since there is no Apple store in this part of the world, I went to a certified Apple repair shop where they told me "You can leave your laptop here, but it will be 10 days before anyone will look at it. And no,before having looked at it we can't give you an estimate for the price and time it will take."

In the meantime one of the fans became noisy, perhaps after I dropped the 'Book on the floor (carpet-covered, so there was nothing broken, only the noisy fan, annoying in an otherwise completely silent machine).

After some discussions with friends and colleagues and a lengthy visit to the iFixit web site, in particular on the question whether it will even be possible to replace the glued-in battery, plus a trip to the basement to verify that I had a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) available, I ordered a left fan, a battery and a collection of little tools from iFixit.

My Fix

The first positive surprise was the speed of delivery, less than 2 days from California to the west of France.: I ordered on Tuesday afternoon, and on Thursday morning the packet was at my doorstep. And on Thursday night, everything was fixed.

The easy part was the left fan. There is a detailed guide with pictures from iFixit, and this must be one of the simplest parts to replace; no other part has to be removed to get at it. Opening up a PowerBook with the right tools is much easier now than it was 12 years ago when I last did a DIY replacement on my iBook (lime green "toilet seat" model, much loved).

As for the battery, it is glued in, and the official advice, even from iFixit, is that you cannot do it yourself, unless you want to replace half of the casing of the laptop and pay around 500$. But I came across a discussion

<Has anybody tried heat to loosen battery glue?>

with a link to a video from byteguys.co.uk where they show how it can be done, involving IPA and a syringe, plus a lot of patience. One has to be careful, constantly prying with some force without breaking the plastic tools nor any computer parts,repeatedly squirting IPA underneath the battery without piercing it and starting a fire.

It took me about an hour, but it worked.

Then 5 minutes for putting the new battery in (it comes with glue strips) and closing everything up. and now my PowerBook is as good as new.

Thanks iFixit!

My Advice

My advice is: before you start, spend enough time looking at the experience of others, until you feel confident whom you can trust.

And get the right tools for the task, it makes a big difference.

My Problem

I had a 512 GB SSD and was running out of space. I called Apple to ask if they could upgrade it and was told it wasn't an option. I then called a local Apple authorized repair shop and spoke with someone who said they do it all of the time, it wasn't a problem, but they wanted me to bring it in to look at it. When I went into the shop, everyone seemed confused and didn't know what I was talking about. They said they didn't know how to order the parts, and to come back when the woman I spoke to was in. I instantly lost faith in them, and decided to do it myself after looking at the iFixit website.

My Fix

It was extremely easy and exactly as the website stated. I was done in less then 10 minutes with no problems. I restored from a Time Machine backup which was the longest aspect of the process.

My Advice

Sorry, no advice. Just follow the site's instructions.

My Problem

Battery failure

My Fix

Replaced battery

My Advice

This was a very easy fix