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To our great surprise, the Surface Go has an immediately disconnectable battery! With no need to fully remove the motherboard, repairability is looking up.
Or is it? Removing the battery is just like the bad ol' days—two giant pads of adhesive put up a staunch fight against our adhesive remover and plastic cards.
Glued-in batteries prevent consumers from easily extending the life of their device, and they increase costs for recyclers at the end of the device's life.
The battery in the Go is a lot smaller, at 26.12 Wh, than any of its pro-level predecessors—even the similarly sized iPad 6 packs a 32.9 Wh powerbank.
A Texas Instruments BQ40Z50 series Li-ion battery pack manager is the brains of this operation.
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