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Saving a MacBook Air with exploded accu

Don’t try this at home - but I did

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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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).
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
Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope
Steve Jobs unveiling the MacBook Air in 2008 from a vanilla envelope
The keyboard and casing is deformed
The keyboard and casing is deformed
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
Swollen and cracked. I carefully looked for any leaks.
Swollen and cracked. I carefully looked for any leaks.

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