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Saving a MacBook Air with swollen 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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This battery is dead.
This battery is dead.
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
Make sure to remember what screw went where...
Make sure to remember what screw went where...
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.
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Once removed the deformation in 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).

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