Heh… I ended up opening up the most CPU intensive programs I could muster to drain the battery for calibration. It definitely did last longer that I was anticipating. Yay for a fresh battery!
I ordered the battery replacement not really knowing how difficult a surgery it was going to be. I’ve always repaired my old laptops, but never needed to do anything super major like removing the logic board. After the kit arrived, I began to review the replacement guide and was suddenly feeling really overwhelmed. The iFixit tutorial however was a fantastic resource.
Just take your time and be diligently organized and thoroughly follow each step. I used sticky notes and bottle caps to keep and label all the screws and pieces I was removing from the machine. When putting the logic board back in, watch to make sure all the ribbon cables that need reconnected don’t get buried. It’s pretty easy to do.
After everything went back together, the machine powered up and has been working flawlessly. After calibrating the battery, I’m totally satisfied! Thanks, iFixit!