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Saving a MacBook Air with exploded accu

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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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.
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
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible
The damage to the battery pack is clearly visible
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).
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.
Opening the MacBook Air is possible by removing the bottom lid.

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