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Saving a 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 keyboard and casing is deformed
The keyboard and casing is deformed
Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope
Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Make sure to remember what screw went where...
Make sure to remember what screw went where...
This battery is dead.
This battery is dead.
The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible
The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible

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