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Best way to change the battery on my laptop?


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Libid21

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I believe my 2010 Macbook Pro 15" is due for a battery change. My cycle count is at 1,383 at the moment, and the battery status currently reads "Condition: Replace Soon". I can definitely feel that one full cycle doesn't last as long as it used to.

So with that said, what do you guys think is the best way to replace my battery? Should I just bring it to Apple or would they overcharge? If that's the case, I'd like to change the battery myself to save some money (if it's not too risky or difficult). I've never changed a laptop battery myself though.

Thanks.
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Hello Libid21

Some info for you to help you decide whether to DIY or let Apple take care of it http://www.everymac....ce-battery.html

A competent tech would carry out the task for you for a small fee but do shop around for the best rate if you decide against swapping the battery yourself.
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Hello Libid21

Some info for you to help you decide whether to DIY or let Apple take care of it http://www.everymac....ce-battery.html

A competent tech would carry out the task for you for a small fee but do shop around for the best rate if you decide against swapping the battery yourself.


Thank you for the reply. How much does it usually cost if I were to bring it in to Apple myself?
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You are welcome :thumbsup:

In answer to your question $129 pre taxes.

For others who may read this topic, Apple global replacement costs please see the Battery Replacement tab in the panel to the left at the attached link http://support.apple...ct=Macnotebooks
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I think if it's $130, I'll just bring it in to Apple to have them replace it. Because how much do the batteries cost? I see some that are like $180-200 on eBay for some reason. And then I have to pay for the screw drivers and stuff, and it just seems like too much of a hassle for me seeing how inept I am with this kind of stuff!
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The battery cost that I found http://www.amazon.co...1/dp/B0044EKJDQ makes your decision to have Apple replace the battery for $130 a most wise decision :)
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Thank you so much for the help, Phil!

Also, while I have a hardware expert like you -- Would you happen to know the best way to replace the rubber feet under my laptop? Two of them in the front fell off and I figured since I'm getting my battery replaced, maybe I should ask them to do those too unless it's much cheaper / quicker / easier if I do that myself?

Thanks!
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You are most welcome Libid21 :thumbsup:

Below are a couple of links to help with replacing the feet, see what you think about replacing them yourself;

Rubber feet kit http://www.ebay.com/...pro-rubber-feet
DIY instructions http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5236

Another option that is worth considering is purchasing some self adhesive rubber draw bumpers from a local hardware store, they may be slightly thicker than the replacement Mac feet so you would need to affix four to the base of the chassis, the benefits of this method are better air flow around the Mac, less time/trouble, less expensive and the self adhesive pads are readily available, some examples of what are available http://www.ebay.com/...-rubber-bumpers
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