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MacBook Air with swollen 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 MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
The MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
The keyboard and casing is deformed
The keyboard and casing is deformed
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
MacOS X correctly concluded that there are no batteries available, it works fine using a Power Adapter.
MacOS X correctly concluded that there are no batteries available, it works fine using a Power Adapter.
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.

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