Swollen battery, MacBook Pro wrecked, what are my options?

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  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    My 2011 15" MacBook Pro has suddenly swollen enormously. The trackpad had been forced up and no longer works and the bottom of the mac is incredibly warped. From reading online, it's the battery.

    What are my options? Is it covered by Apple as it's a defective part?
     
  2. Kissmyne macrumors 6502

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    Take it in to an ARS or call AppleCare, They might cover this out of warranty... then again they might not. Battery swelling is a fairly uncommon part of a battery life cycle.. but can happen under "normal" circumstances... either way not really a defect...
     
  3. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh. If that's the case, I'd imagine my Mac has been written off. No way I can afford to replace it so... I don't have a computer anymore.

    I would understand it if it was just a case of getting a new battery, but it's badly damaged the computer.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Was there any warning, i.e., replace the battery notifications?
     
  5. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nothing at all. I just noticed the other day that it wasn't closing properly and just a few days later it looks like it's about to explode.
     
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    Ugh, that's a bummer. As noted bring it, you have nothing to lose at this point.
     
  7. Ampidire macrumors 6502

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    My girlfriends MacBook had a swollen battery which we replaced, turned out the trackpad was being pushed up by the battery underneath the machine and simply removing it made the trackpad work again. Either way, removing that battery might actually make the computer usable at least for data retrieval while plugged in.
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'd take it in ASAP, simply for safety reasons.
     
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    Ditto on mine working once the battery is removed. is it still in the computer?
     
  10. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes it is. I can't get the battery out because the screws on the bottom of the Mac are not your standard type, so I can't undo them.

    I've made an appointment with a 'genius' but the earliest was next Wednesday. By that time my computer will be an utter write off. Either that or it'll have burnt down my house...
     
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    It might be worth just stopping by... You might have to wait awhile but maybe they can fit you in. For something that is obviously time-sensitive to get looked at before it destroys the machine, I'd think they would have some sympathy.

    That said, I had a battery "explode" once - it got to a certain point and then didn't really expand anymore. So hopefully yours won't continue to get bigger and do more damage. I took the battery (removed from the laptop) into Apple, I figured they sold it, the least they can do is recycle it... pretty funny, the clerk (what do you call the non-geniuses?) had no idea what to do with it, just looked at it like it was leaking radiation.
     
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    That's the one thing I find galling lately is the long lead-times for an apportionment for them to look at my apple equipment.
     
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    Any update on this? I've also just had the same happen to an older MacBook Pro, and I'm wondering if Apple will do anything.
     
  14. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Take is to Apple ASAP, they will remove the battery, if it`s left too long it will burst. Apple may also repair the Notebook for a fixed price, equally it`s way out of any coverage. My Early 2008 15" MBP did the same, however being a removable battery it just destroyed the battery pack, not the Notebook.

    Personally I don't trust batteries in portable Mac`s much past the five year point, they should be replaced or removed.

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  15. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

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    It will cost money to fix, after all batteries are inherently unstable and after 5+ years such behavior is possible. The battery swelling within the warranty period of 1 or 3 years is considered a defect but other than that, a new computer is necessary (or if you're willing to pay the fixing price). It is still highly recommend to make an appointment so that the battery can be properly handled before something more explosive occurring (not exactly sure on newer batteries but lithium is highly reaction with water, even with water vapor in the air). Never happened to me but I'll assume Apple will help in retrieving data and properly dispose of the battery, perhaps even waive the fixing fee if they are nice but I wouldn't' expect anymore.
     
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    I knew battery wasn't in great shape and the laptop was out of warranty, but I wanted to know what Apple would say, so I called them and they quoted me $130+tax for a diagnostic and new special order battery to be overnighted to store. Laptop is slow, but usable. Wondering more and more if worth it. I told them I would think on it and thanked them for their time.
     
  17. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Totally depends on if you are willing to invest this sum into the Notebook, at the very least you need to remove the old battery. As I tend to pass on my Mac Notebooks to my kids, it`s worth it for the faster systems, for the older slower systems not so much. Once past a certain point it no longer makes sense to invest into old hardware, unless you are compelled to or it`s a passion.

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    Truth be told, the laptop is my wife's and she uses it a few times a month when she doesn't want to sit in our study for hours at a time working on her online courses. I've been lobbying for her to get a MacBook Air or iPad pro, but she's attached to the old 15" beast from 2007.

    We did take the battery out immediately; thank for the suggestion.
     
  19. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Just run it on the mains supply, that`s what we did with my daughters, until she inherited my old 2011 15"

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    Yup. That's what she's currently doing. I've heard this throttles the processor, but for what she's doing, it's probably not noticeable.
     
  21. maflynn Moderator

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    For most current MBPs (including my 2012 model), they're glued on and I think as apple rolled out new models, they made the glue even stronger. For me, I don't think removing the battery is feasible and I risk damaging the computer further. I'll be taking it to apple once the battery needs changing. I could live with it running 1/2 speed but for a time but in all likelihood I'd not get that battery out
     
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    "Thankfully" this laptop is circa 2007, so the battery is removeable.

    Here's what it looks like now:
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  23. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Thx, OP`s is a 2011 cMBP, so he/she should be able to remove with just a Torx driver. As for the Retina`s agreed battery removal is a most definitely a skill and best left to those that know how.

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  24. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    That`s exactly what happened to my Early 2008 MBP`s battery.

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    --- Post Merged, Jun 19, 2017 ---
    Someone recently gave me a white MacBook mid 2010 model with a swollen battery. Being a PC repair technician with experience repairing numerous Windows laptops after some googling and a special screwdriver I popped the bottom panel off, removed the battery and the touchpad snapped back into place. I ordered an after-market battery, replaced the hard drive and upped the RAM. I was up and running with Mac OS Sierra installed and breathed new life into this old MacBook. A swollen battery is not necessarily the end of life for a MacBook just replace the battery.
     

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