Replaced battery in my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)

Old battery pulled from MacBook Pro shot with Nikon 50mm f/1.8D Lens on Nikon D200

Like most others everywhere, I'm home most of the time these days due to coronavirus restrictions. Even with ready access to power outlet, the fast depletion of charge on my old MacBook Pro's battery has become annoying. Not wanting to get a brand new MacBook Pro, I began looking for cheaper alternatives. Because of lockdown restrictions, I was looking for a way to purchase the battery and replace it myself, if possible. 

After watching few videos on Youtube, I settled on these two short videos:


Although the video makes it look harder than it is (as it turned out for me and I didn't have to huff and puff or get breathless like in the videos!), I liked the technique of how the existing battery was removed. I figured the difficulty apparent in the above two videos is due to the thickness of twine used to separate the battery from the laptop body than the technique itself. Some other videos use the same technique but with a fishing line which is much thinner and stronger.

I went ahead and ordered Replacement Battery for MacBook Pro 15 inch and Omniflex Monofilament Fishing Line. I did not have to wait long. When the items arrived, I was ready.

With the screwdriver set (included with the replacement battery), I quickly got access to the battery once I unscrewed the screws on the bottom of the laptop. After unscrewing couple screws holding the battery down, I was ready to put the fishing line to test. A piece of fishing line, about a foot long, with either end securely tied to keychain rings, cut through, rather quickly, the adhesive holding the battery to the laptop body. It took less than ten minutes to get the old battery out! And even less to put the new one in!!

With a little bit of time and money, I'm happy I just extended my MacBook Pro's usefulness for at least couple more years.

Insights:
  • watch Youtube videos and know what needs to be done
  • take a good look at the new battery so that you know exactly what parts of the existing battery need to be pulled from the MacBook Pro
  • before glueing in the new battery, connect the new battery to laptop and verify it powers up the laptop
After having gone through this process (of replacing SSD on this same laptop and replacing battery on my iPhone 6), I'm wondering wondering why Apple, the company that makes iPhones, Macs, etc. doesn't make this process simpler. If Apple, as it constantly claims, supports a clean and healthy environment for all with steps taken in their design and manufacturing processes, it shouldn't be too hard for the brilliant people at Apple to incorporate into their products user-replaceable (and user-upgradeable) batteries, SSDs, RAM, etc. Environment benefits from reducing landfills, no? I sincerely hope Apple will walk the talk.

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