Exploding Batteries Are No Laughing Matter

Battery 2

Today I realized I had done something incredibly stupid. About 9 months ago Apple initiated a worldwide battery recall. I bought one of the 15″ Macbook Pro’s when they first became available in February of 2006. My original battery had just begun to have problems. It would only hold a charge to about 40%. So the timing of this recall was just about perfect.

I filled out the form, and within a few days I had my brand new battery. You were supposed to send back your old battery, but I didn’t. I was curious to see what would happen. I never got charged for it, so I went ahead and kept my original battery. I figured having an extra would come in handy, even if it would only hold half a charge.

Flash forward 9 months later, and it wasn’t that handy to have an extra semi-functional battery. The battery had been stashed away in my old school backpack for the better part of 8 months. Today I found it while cleaning out my room. This is what it looks like now.

The moral of the story is that if Apple is recalling these batteries, it’s probably for a good reason.

2 thoughts on “Exploding Batteries Are No Laughing Matter”

  1. If you look at the bottom 2 pictures you can see one of the little silver pouches. I don’t know exactly how batteries work, but I’m assuming those are the cells. A couple of those had expanded and swelled up. Thats what pushed the casing apart.

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