I purchased a new MacBook air back in the summer of 2012. I can’t remember exactly, but we paid a little over $1,000 for it. I have had this computer for 4.5 years, which is a pretty good amount of time, in my opinion. About a year ago, my power cable broke, so we purchased a new one for under $50. In the past few months, I have noticed a steady decline in my computers battery life. Now, the battery life is so short the laptop can only run for 5-10 minutes unplugged. So much for portability! We researched some battery repair options. The first was to send it away to apple and have a new battery installed- $199
We researched some battery repair options. The first was to send it away to apple and have a new battery installed- $199. The downside to this option is that I would be without my laptop for quite a while.
The second option for repair was a local (ish) apple certified repair store. They were willing to replace the battery with a less expensive (but still excellent quality) for $129. The repair only takes 10 minutes, so they are willing to do it while I wait in the store. The downside is it’s about 45 minutes away.
A third option, which I seriously considered, was getting a whole new laptop! This would easily run me over $1,000. Being unsure of how much “life” was left in my laptop, I wasn’t sure if spending money to repair it would be worth it. In the end, we decided that we would rather spend $129, and a few hours to get (hopefully) a year + of life out of my current laptop.
It’s always a challenge deciding whether to repair or replace. This time a repair made more sense but that’s not always the case!