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Beating the system

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Mi Problema

My wifes battery on her MBP stopped holding a charge. Since I've opened laptops before I knew it couldn't be too hard to replace. So I called Apple to order a battery, and they tell me I have to take it to an Apple store to have it changed out. I said I know how to do it, can I buy a battery. They said you can't open your laptop. I said I already did, I know how to change the battery. They said, with alarm, you can't open your laptop!!!! I said what what do you mean I can't open it? It's my laptop!

Anyways, I gave up on that and headed over to iFixit. It was actually easier to navigate to the part I needed than on the apple website.

Mi Solucion

First of all, removing the back is a cinch, just make sure you don't loose the screws. The battery had 5 point star screws that needed a special screw driver. I didn't want to spend the extra $12 so I took a small flat screwdriver and filed it down so it would fit in two of the five points. Then I applied steady pressure until the screws gave. There was a little stripping on two of them before I got the screwdriver filed down right, but I wasn't worried because once I got the screws loose I knew I would be able to do it again if needed. The battery terminal connection was a little awkward to reconnect since the cables run under the battery and there is very little wiggle room. That part took some hand/eye coordination.

Mi Consejo

The change out was easy, but like I said before, I have opened up several other laptops and I knew what I was looking for. I am disappointed that apple is not making the battery easy to replace, since it's probably the only thing that will need regular maintenance. Thank God for iFixit tho.

Thanks iFixit!

Imagen MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2009-Mid 2010) Replacement Battery
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2009-Mid 2010) Replacement Battery

$89.99

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