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Saving a Laptop with exploded battery

Removing the battery from 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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Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope
Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
The original MacBook Air: Groundbreaking due to its thinness and lack of ports
The original MacBook Air: Groundbreaking due to its thinness and lack of ports
This battery is dead.
This battery is dead.
The MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
The MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
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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