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Old Jan 24, 2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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Macbook Pro battery exploded

I was in my local apple store today and a guy brought in a few week old
macbook pro. The battery had one of the cells explode. I was able to snap a pic on my iphone quick and discreetly before the genius's swarmed the battery and replaced it quickly and quietly. Thought I would post the pic for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 07:49 PM   #2
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Scary stuff.. but really the fault of the battery manufacture.. which would suggest that no product is safe as long as it uses li-ion batteries..
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 07:50 PM   #3
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Holy mackerel! I heard somewhere that as lithium ion batteries age they tend to swell towards the end of their life.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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If that happened to me the Geniuses would be replacing more than just the battery.
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 07:52 PM   #5
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Hehe...when a battery in a Windows laptop explodes, it's because Windows (and the laptop's manufacturer) sucks. When a Macbook Pro battery explodes, it's clearly the fault of the battery manufactuer!
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 07:56 PM   #6
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Hehe...when a battery in a Windows laptop explodes, it's because Windows (and the laptop's manufacturer) sucks. When a Macbook Pro battery explodes, it's clearly the fault of the battery manufactuer!
Really? I thought the predominate feeling for a faulty battery has the blame on Apple....
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 09:03 PM   #7
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Hehe...when a battery in a Windows laptop explodes, it's because Windows (and the laptop's manufacturer) sucks. When a Macbook Pro battery explodes, it's clearly the fault of the battery manufactuer!
haha fur sure
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Really? I thought the predominate feeling for a faulty battery has the blame on Apple....
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 11:31 AM   #9
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I knew they were having a problem with this a while back but I was shocked when I saw this.
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 11:40 AM   #10
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When I was at the genius bar the other week, a woman came in with a battery that exploded. The genius looked at, laughed, and said something about how he hadn't ever seen one like that personally and that it was kind of cool. Whatever....

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Old Jan 26, 2008, 11:47 AM   #11
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Hopefully it wasn't on the persons laps, or you could say goodbye to genitalia!

Is scary though thinking about it
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 11:49 AM   #12
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If I brought something like that in and the genius laughed at me I'd be close to punching him in the face. What a jerk. That's just not called for.
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 03:58 PM   #13
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If I brought something like that in and the genius laughed at me I'd be close to punching him in the face. What a jerk. That's just not called for.
I doubt he would laughing at you but at the humor in the situation.
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 04:05 PM   #14
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Yeh I've seen one which did this.

It happens. Not Apple's fault, not the battery manufacturer's fault, as such. It's simply a failure and no product can have 100% reliability.

Like when everyone said don't buy a Dell laptop because the batteries might explode (me included at the time)? Not Dell's fault, or Apple's. If anything, it was Sony's fault.
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 04:29 PM   #15
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If I brought something like that in and the genius laughed at me I'd be close to punching him in the face. What a jerk. That's just not called for.
Dude he wasn't laughing AT her...
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 04:38 PM   #16
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Hopefully it wasn't on the persons laps, or you could say goodbye to genitalia!

Is scary though thinking about it
Very scary thought.... [shifts laptop 4" down the legs].

Although how common of an issue is this? I have personally never seen it in person, not even with the cheap 2 for 1 Windows Laptops you can buy.
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 06:04 PM   #17
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Very scary thought.... [shifts laptop 4" down the legs].

Although how common of an issue is this? I have personally never seen it in person, not even with the cheap 2 for 1 Windows Laptops you can buy.
Extremely uncommon.
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 06:22 PM   #18
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Extremely uncommon.
But still common enough to shift that laptop towards my knees away from groinal zone!

I agree with the general jist of the thread though, you can't particularly blame apple. If it was a common problem, you'd sure enough hear about it on this forum!

By the way, to the OP, great stealth pics, ever thought about becoming a private detective?
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Old Mar 3, 2008, 12:44 PM   #19
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I had one of these so called 'exploding' batteries.
it sucked.
i sent it back for a replacement and got billed $172 for it even tho i followed every direction they gave me to prevent billing. Terrible system with UPS.

i phoned support and had the charges reversed. support was good. system was bad
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Hopefully it wasn't on the persons laps, or you could say goodbye to genitalia!

Is scary though thinking about it
Kinda scary thinking about leaving the laptop (on) unattended at home as well....
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Old Mar 3, 2008, 01:12 PM   #21
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Am I the only one that finds this marginally awesome? I understand the danger and respect that... but as a Scout, things that blow up make me happy inside.
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I wonder what happens when a macbook air battery explodes???
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I wonder what happens when a macbook air battery explodes???
Kinda funny that you said "when" and not "if."
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Old Mar 3, 2008, 03:16 PM   #24
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The battery swelled. If it exploded, that machine would be a heap of charred remains.

Batteries can do that if the cell is shorted and if its been drained too much or charged for too long (the charge safe circuit failed).

You can't chalk this one up to the battery manufacturer until they've had a look at it.
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Old Jun 9, 2008, 05:05 PM   #25
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This totally just happened to me. This morning as I was editing in FCP, all of a sudden I noticed my laptop was wobbly on my desk. I turned it over and the battery had swollen up huge. I called applecare, and they said I was out of warranty so I had to buy a new, $130 battery.

Luckily, I live pretty close to an apple store. I took it in, and they replaced it for free. Makes me wonder why the apple store employees are so nice and the applecare guy was so unhelpful.
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