Your Gadget’s Battery Is Swelling Up. Should You Panic?

The reality of a swollen MacBook battery doesn’t merit quite a panic attack. And is not as uncommon as one would think. Truth is, lithium ion batteries have a limited lifespan. Once manufactured, and in use, they start ageing. According to Apple, laptop batteries are good for five years for 1,000 recharge cycles. Even not using a battery the wrong way can hasten its demise. 

If a MacBook battery bursts or leaks while in the service shop, they have to evacuate and send everybody to the emergency room. Batteries swell. They warp computers. But they rarely leak or burst. Stories of gadget batteries failing disastrously are extremely rare, so rare that it’s still a news novelty when it happens – in 2009 the European Union launched an investigation after multiple instances of iPhones and iPod Touches exploding or catching fire midflight were reported in the UK, Holland, France and Sweden.

A novelty it may be, but the truth is, swelling batteries will damage your computer. It will warp it, with the worst case scenario being a cracked circuit board. The situation is compounded if the device has a non-removable battery, like a current MacBook, iPhone, iPod, or iPad. What to do then, if your see this happening to your device? Take your gadget and its malignant battery to get serviced. Do it before it really does hurt something, or someone.

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