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I have two batteries from my old 15" Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo (Early 2008). It's a non-unibody (discrete) model. Anyone know of any way to use these batteries to power my 2nd Gen Macbook Air? An external battery costs ~$300-$450 and it seems kind of unnecessary if there is an adapter or some hack job way to make the old batteries work.

Note: I'm not talking about replacing the macbook air batteries, I'm talking about using the macbook pro batteries as an external battery connected to the magsafe power port.

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Much like the commercial versions you mentioned, what you want to do is possible (that there are commercial versions essentially proved this).

You'll need to chop apart a MagSafe cable or figure out how to interact with Apple's airplane adapter. You'll also need to figure out how to interact with the batteries to get the correct voltage (and maybe do cell wear levelling).

Also, I doubt the MacBook Pro batteries will last anywhere near as long or be as reliable as the commercial versions.

(There was an original answer, but it made incorrect assumptions that were addressed in the comments. See the edit stack for the originals.)

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I'm not talking about replacing the macbook air batteries, I'm talking about using the macbook pro batteries as an exteranal power source connected to the magsafe –  Ben Sep 22 '11 at 0:03
    
Oh, in that case, it's definitely possible, but you'd need a good EE background. Answer edit coming up soonish. –  CajunLuke Sep 22 '11 at 0:05
    
I'm a mechanical engineer, I have a semi-solid EE background. –  Ben Sep 22 '11 at 0:06
    
@Ben Then it may indeed be doable for you. I can only say "good luck". If you get it working, post about it, maybe on the (still-hypothetical) Ask Different or (non-hypothetical) Super User blog! –  CajunLuke Sep 22 '11 at 0:15

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