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Gallery: Exploded Apple Battery

Apple's exploding Lithium Polymer MacBook batteries are becoming a common issue. ZDNet's Violet Blue's MacBook Pro battery burst while in use, and worryingly, it still holds a charge.
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1 of 6 Violet Blue/ZDNet

Apple Battery Exploded

Like a significant number of Apple MacBook owners, I didn't expect my battery to burst. I discovered that Apple considers this hazardous occurrence "expected behavior."

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2 of 6 Violet Blue/ZDNet

Apple Battery Exploded

Looking at the hundreds of current posts from unhappy customers with exploded batteries, in-laptop battery explosion seems to be a common problem.

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3 of 6 Violet Blue/ZDNet

Apple Battery Exploded

In 2010, Australian software engineer Chris Mountford made the same discovery on the same MacBook Pro model and year.

When he found that his battery had, like mine, blown up in the laptop, he took it to Apple and was rudely awakened to hear that this, according to Apple, is "expected behavior."

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4 of 6 Violet Blue/ZDNet

Apple Battery Exploded

Apple has moved toward phasing out removable batteries, and it's a good thing that this one is, indeed, removable. My MacBook is still in operation at this very moment, running Netflix on my TV.

Otherwise, I'd be out a laptop. 

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5 of 6 Violet Blue/ZDNet

Apple Battery Exploded

Lithium Polymer batteries are not as bad as most batteries in terms of toxicity, but when handling a burst Li-Po battery, never touch your mouth, nose and eyes; wash your hands thoroughly, and stay in a ventilated area.

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Apple Battery Exploded

The battery must be fully discharged for proper disposal (mine, unfortunately as you can see above, is not).

Taking it to a place with a battery recycling program is recommended; if you visit an Apple store, Apple will recycle it for you.

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