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Saving a MacBook Air with exploded accu

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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This battery is dead.
This battery is dead.
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.
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
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...
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

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