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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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Make sure to remember what screw went where...
Make sure to remember what screw went where...
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
The keyboard and casing is deformed
The keyboard and casing is deformed
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.
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).

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