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MacBook Air with exploded battery

Restoring its capability to power on again

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.
The keyboard and casing is deformed
The keyboard and casing is deformed
I disconnected the battery from the logic board using a plastic tool (that does not conduct electricity).
I disconnected the battery from the logic board using a plastic tool (that does not conduct electricity).
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.
Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope
Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope

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