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Laptop with exploded battery

Opening and repairing the machine

Sep. 14, 2017 -

Last night I had a nasty surprise: my original MacBook Air was swollen due to an exploded battery. I immediately had to take action, for reasons of safety and to preserve this piece of modern computer history. Don’t try this at home, but if you do... read along for some practical tips.

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The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible
The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible
This battery is dead.
This battery is dead.
That bobble is not supposed to be there.., causing the keyboard to be bend
That bobble is not supposed to be there.., causing the keyboard to be bend
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Swollen and cracked. I carefully looked for any leaks.
Swollen and cracked. I carefully looked for any leaks.
Make sure to remember what screw went where...
Make sure to remember what screw went where...

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