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Saving a MacBook Air with expanded 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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The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible
The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible
The keyboard and casing is deformed
The keyboard and casing is deformed
The MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
The MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
This battery is dead.
This battery is dead.
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible

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