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Old 09.12.2015, 16:25
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Swollen MacBook Pro battery

The battery in my daughter's ~5 yr old MB Pro has swollen to the extent that the casing has become separated. I've read that this is a fire hazard and Apple will replace the battery free of charge if it is brought into an Apple shop. Unfortunately, we are nowhere near an Apple shop, but there is a licensed retailer in town. What are our chances of getting a similar deal? Has anyone had this happen in CH and what mileage did they get from either and Apple shop or retailer? I'm tempted to remove it for safely reasons and let her use it with the charger plugged in, but it says the battery can only be removed by a licensed Apple technician etc etc. However, it's no longer under warranty, so that shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 09.12.2015, 16:40
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Re: Swollen MacBook Pro battery

Definitely take it out of the house immediately until you are ready to dismantle the MacBook. Leave the book switched on in the garden, so the battery discharges and is no longer extremely dangerous. These batteries will overheat and catch fire if the terminals are shorted out! The ensuing fire cannot be extinguished, it has to burn everything away! So be careful.
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Old 09.12.2015, 17:14
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Re: Swollen MacBook Pro battery

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Old 09.12.2015, 17:20
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Definitely take it out of the house immediately until you are ready to dismantle the MacBook. Leave the book switched on in the garden, so the battery discharges and is no longer extremely dangerous. These batteries will overheat and catch fire if the terminals are shorted out! The ensuing fire cannot be extinguished, it has to burn everything away! So be careful.
Well it's been like that for several months now and hasn't caught fire yet. Anyway, it's been discharged, disconnected and is waiting to be brought to the shop.
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Old 09.12.2015, 17:23
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Well it's been like that for several months now and hasn't caught fire yet.
Ever heard of John Sedgwick?
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Old 09.12.2015, 17:30
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Definitely take it out of the house immediately until you are ready to dismantle the MacBook. Leave the book switched on in the garden, so the battery discharges and is no longer extremely dangerous. These batteries will overheat and catch fire if the terminals are shorted out! The ensuing fire cannot be extinguished, it has to burn everything away! So be careful.
From the description above it implies that you may need some EE for the job ...
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Old 09.12.2015, 17:31
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Ever heard of John Sedgwick?
Nope, but just because I found out about a potential fire hazard in the last few days doesn't mean to say it is any more likely to occur than before I was aware of it.


I'm sure there's a logical fallacy argument name for that, but I don't know what it is.
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Old 09.12.2015, 17:39
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Well it's been like that for several months now and hasn't caught fire yet.
Well, as long as you have a second daughter and are running her in RAID1, then it doesn't really matter if it explodes!
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Well, as long as you have a second daughter and are running her in RAID1, then it doesn't really matter if it explodes!
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Funnily enough, I'm halfway through Bernard Cromwell's "The Last Kingdom".
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Funnily enough, I'm halfway through Bernard Cromwell's "The Last Kingdom".
Been watching the BBC series?
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Only the 1st episode so far; it's already ahead of me in the book.
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Re: Swollen MacBook Pro battery

If LiPo batteries are kept overcharged for long durations, they tend to swell. Was the MBP generally kept plugged-in all the time without frequent battery drain?

If that battery is inside the laptop and you need to open up the bottom case to obtain access to the battery then you might need tri-wing bits to unscrew the battery. www.ifixit.com

The MBP laptop will work fine w/o the battery (you will lose time-keeping when the laptop is without the connected charger and the computer might reduce the maximum CPU speed)
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Old 10.12.2015, 16:16
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If LiPo batteries are kept overcharged for long durations, they tend to swell. Was the MBP generally kept plugged-in all the time without frequent battery drain?

If that battery is inside the laptop and you need to open up the bottom case to obtain access to the battery then you might need tri-wing bits to unscrew the battery. www.ifixit.com

The MBP laptop will work fine w/o the battery (you will lose time-keeping when the laptop is without the connected charger and the computer might reduce the maximum CPU speed)
I've a feeling she did leave it pugged in a lot of the time. I'll make sure daughter #2 doesn't do the same thing.


She's going to bring it to the shop this week and see what they say.
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