Apple’s MacBook Air battery can be replaced in three minutes

“Due to its ultra-thin profile, Apple’s new MacBook Air was designed with an integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that is not user-replaceable [but] the replacement process is quite trivial,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“According to people familiar with the new-generation notebook, there are no special tools or knowledge required to swap out the MacBook Air’s battery,” Jade reports. “Instead, the process requires a single size-0 type philips screwdriver and some diligence.”

“Once flipped upside down, the MacBook Air’s bottom cover is easily unscrewed and removed, providing immediate access to the battery cavity. From there, the battery can be unscrewed from the chassis with the same screwdriver and unplugged from the circuit board with a simple tug — it’s not soldered to the board,” Jade reports. “The entire process, according to those in the know, can be completed by any service technician in as little as three minutes.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “bob” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: As a side note, for those times when you need it, third-party sources such as offer external battery packs for Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro which offer anywhere from 3 to 20+ hours of additional runtime per charge. These third-party suppliers are not just going to randomly decide to ignore MacBook Air. Patience, Padawans. MacBook Air was just unveiled on Tuesday.

Other items of interest — or what we like to call “Whiner Silencers” — that Apple already offers for MacBook Air:
MagSafe Airline Adapter: $49. Just plug it into your airline seat power port and keep your MacBook Air powered up for the entire flight.
• Ethernet Adapter: $29. Connects to the USB 2.0 port of your MacBook Air and provides an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100BASE-T performance.
Modem: $49. Connects to the USB port on your MacBook Air.
MacBook Air SuperDrive: $99: Compact external MacBook Air SuperDrive connects to your MacBook Air via USB and fits easily into a travel bag. Read and write CDs and DVDs, including double-layer DVDs.

Other things MacBook Air road warriors might consider (besides canceling their chiropractic appointments): USB EVDO Modem for wireless broadband, USB Travel Hub for multiple devices, and other such items.


  1. I’m surprised people are crying so much about the battery and not lack of optical drive or small HD. (which I cant figure out… If the MBA has the same HD as an ipod why not give it a 160gb option?)

    IMO the battery isn’t a big deal at all.

  2. ApplePi, I carry a second battery when flying. Otherwise, I must conduct the usual search for an outlet during layovers to recharge what’s in there. If you live in an area with the potential to lose power for maybe several days, an extra battery can also provide just that much extra work time.

  3. 3 minutes? Big freakin’ deal. No special tools? Whatever.

    I can build my own PC and customize it any way I want. I don’t have to be locked into Apple’s proprietary system. I can install whatever graphics card I feel like and I can replace it at any time. I can pick whatever flavor of awesome Windows Vista I want, and I save money too. Hey MAC sheep, it’s a little thing us Windows enthusiasts like to call ‘choice’. Losers.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  4. Okay, Zune Tang, that time I actually laughed at one of your posts. I knew it would be a small matter to replace the battery if it ever needed it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Hey Tang, go eat zune!

    While you’re getting all of your fancy customizations working together, we Mac losers are actually getting work done. Yes, real work. Not gaming. Oh, you like to play games? We can do that too, since Macs run Windows faster than most PCs do.

  6. Tom: If the MBA has the same HD as an ipod why not give it a 160gb option?

    Because even the 160GB iPod is thicker than the 80GB one. The 160GB HD apparently just doesn’t fit in there.

    I would expect, though, that the SSD capacities will continue to grow and the price come down. As long as the newer ones still have PATA, it should even be possible to ugrade the MBA.

  7. From what I’ve seen in dissecting the macbook air, this is definitely true. The only thing I would caution is that the screws are angled in, and the battery is an integral part of the structure of the unit.

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