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kat.hayes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My last generation Macbook Pro has been unplugged for several weeks and I just picked it up and the battery pack exploded! What the heck could have caused this? It is not covered by warranty. Anyone have any ideas if it would be safe to plug back into check it?

 

Here is a picture: http://i.imgur.com/jI8Du.jpg

 

Thanks.

  • 1. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    Immediately take to your local Apple retailer.

  • 2. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,285 points)

    Any battery that explodes is a safety hazard when plugged in.   Follow Kappy's direction.

    Also bring the power bring to make sure you are using the right one for your machine, or at minimum

    read this article to see if you have the right one.  If your power is not that reliable, be sure to get a surge protector.

  • 3. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    curtisfromca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this same problem. I gave my old MBP to my son. Not sure when the battery burst, but it looks just like the one you showed in that picture. I can't believe it didn't start on fire. I guess I'll take it to the apple store like Kappy suggested.

     

    I wonder if this is a problem with a lot of batteries.

  • 4. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,285 points)

    I don't know about a lot of batteries, but there was a period where the wrong mixture was put in certain batteries which led to many batteries being recalled.  And it wasn't just Apple, it was industry wide.  A similar problem has also happened to capacitors back in 2004.

  • 5. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    weeowey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    They really need to stop using these Li-ion polymer batteries! They may have the highest capacities (*citation needed), but heck, they are really unsafe, even though it is rare for them to explode (causes could possibly be):

    • High temperature (a higher temperature than indicated on the battery, which makes portable notebooks with a battery installed more likely to explode)
    • Improper usage
    • charging with a *much* higher voltage than indicated (some fake/counterfeit chargers may output voltages too high if they malfunction)
    • 'improper' charging
    • overcharging
    • water/liquid damage (sometimes)
    • The battery is defective/the board on the battery is defective

    The list could be longer, but I couldn't think of more variables for this..

     

    otherwords, these batteries are unsafe

    sources: my brain

  • 6. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,410 points)

    weeowey wrote:

     

    They really need to stop using these Li-ion polymer batteries! They may have the highest capacities (*citation needed), but heck, they are really unsafe, even though it is rare for them to explode (causes could possibly be):

    Which would put us back several years, heavier larger laptops with shorter battery lives, bigger cellphones. No thanks.

  • 7. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    weeowey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    surely they can find a safer, but less bulky battery- like nickel cadimum button cells or something.. lol

  • 8. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,410 points)

    We already did NiCad, about 15 years ago.

  • 9. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    weeowey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm sure we can make a new safer cell, maybe in the future made from graphene-- google it

  • 10. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,410 points)

    Yes, but this is not the future.

  • 11. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    weeowey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it was 15 years ago- loll (sorry- couldn't help it)

     

    maybe it wold be easier (and much safer) for laptops to be run off (some amount of) AA or aaa or aaaa batteries or even 9v batteries, that way, there's always a spare

  • 12. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    weeowey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    oh, and how it looks, we wouldnt care if it was a thing, because it would be the 'look of the laptop' then.

  • 13. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,410 points)

    I really couldn't care less about your speculations. Sorry.

  • 14. Re: My battery exploded!!!???
    weeowey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    oh well, nvm..

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