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macaholic
10th May 2010, 04:56 PM
(not sure if this is in right forum - please move if needed.)

Apple Store (Chadstone) guru tells me this is normal for an older (17" MacBook Pro) battery, and didn't offer to replace it (out of warranty):

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/7199/img0314sc.jpg

http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9130/img0313si.jpg

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/1175/img0312sa.jpg

It was only mildly swollen when I removed it from the MacBook Pro and took it to Apple Store.
I have not tried to open it.
The swelling/expanding cells have done all the above just sitting on my desk. Pressing on the top/bottom does not close it any further.

m.

mac_man_luke
10th May 2010, 05:06 PM
Yea dont use that again, very close to going boom

Id check to see if it is one of the recall batteries otherwise your out of luck.

dsiew
10th May 2010, 05:06 PM
Call Apple and see what they say. What's your laptop's history, BTW?

milliedog
10th May 2010, 08:00 PM
Yikes.. Call the bomb squad & evacuate the house!

This does have happen (http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/macbook_inferno_an_apple_macbook_battery_catches_f ire.php) from time to time, but that doesn't make it "normal".

Even if Apple aren't going to cough up an out of warranty replacement, I'm surprised that you weren't warned of this by the store.

bartron
10th May 2010, 08:22 PM
I had one of those from a 15" mbp. It was under warranty but apple replaced it for free anyway.

I'd send the photos along with the serial number of the battery to apple and see what they say. Definetly put it somewhere away from things that burn though...it's potential to go boom has significantly increased (will burst into flames if one of those cels ruptures)

cmanou
10th May 2010, 09:12 PM
This happened to my 17" Macbook pro as well and wasnt under warranty went to genius bar in sydney and they denied me a replacement because their wasnt a recall on 17" batteries so i ended up having to fork it out for a new one unfortunately.


Also you can always remove the cells that are expanding and the battery will still work but wont hold a charge as long, with mine it was only one cell so i had a 5 cell battery but yours looks like the middle 2 cells so if you do take them out, so that you have a spare i dont think the battery life will be any use.

dche5390
10th May 2010, 09:49 PM
Well that sucks.

ianpgonzaga
10th May 2010, 09:54 PM
yep same thing happened to mine but didn't let it get to that extent. called apple and my comp was still well in it's applecare and they said that they're not able to replace it as it's a consumable... booooo!

kinda scary tho!

macaholic
10th May 2010, 10:30 PM
Yea dont use that again, very close to going boom

Id check to see if it is one of the recall batteries otherwise your out of luck.

Don't think I can fit it in the MacBook to use it now!

Not a recall battery.

It is actually a warranty replacement for the original battery that started doing the same thing - two years ago.

Guess I'll send pics in email direct to Apple.
(Fingers-crossed.)



Even if Apple aren't going to cough up an out of warranty replacement, I'm surprised that you weren't warned of this by the store.

Scary to think it might explode. Though I thought that would only happen if connected to power source, ie being charged.

m.

decryption
10th May 2010, 10:46 PM
Out of interest, how many charges did the battery have? Was it relatively fresh?

macaholic
10th May 2010, 11:43 PM
Out of interest, how many charges did the battery have? Was it relatively fresh?

Roughly two years old. Mostly plugged in (on a desk) for most of it's life. Couldn't guess the amount of charges.

billybob
11th May 2010, 12:39 PM
Here is the answer to all your battery questions -

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/24/84711-can-i-still-use-my-mac.html#post966208

macaholic
11th May 2010, 03:26 PM
Here is the answer to all your battery questions -

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/24/84711-can-i-still-use-my-mac.html#post966208



A swollen battery is not defined by Apple as defective battery (in modern terms). The swelling is just another symptom of a consumed battery. (This is direct from Apple Engineering).

Interesting.
Might try the "please, oh please..." option.

Exocet
11th May 2010, 04:33 PM
Might try the "please, oh please..." option.

It's two years old...you've probably run a few thousand cycles through something rated for 3-400

macaholic
12th May 2010, 12:02 AM
It's two years old...you've probably run a few thousand cycles through something rated for 3-400

I misread Decryptions question above, and have now answered more correctly, being: "Mostly plugged in (on a desk) for most of it's life. Couldn't guess the amount of charges."

I now hazard to guess it would be in the low hundreds range. Certainly not thousands.

m.

bed
12th May 2010, 02:14 PM
leaving a battery plugged in all the time is a sure fire way to reduce its life significantly, you wanna do a full charge cycle at least once a month.