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The larger of Apple's MacBook Air laptops featuring dual microphones and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Identify Blown Capacitor, What does it do? Where to buy?

See picture attached. It seems to be a blown transistor (as reece pointed out it is actually a capacitor) next to the Airport card. The machine works fine, but I feel the urge to replace it.

What does it do and where do I buy a new one? The soldering job seems pretty straight forward.

The identification seems to be "NEL AV7" or AY7.

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The schematics for this board is here.

On google image search the transistor is identified as "NEC AV7" instead of "NEL".

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Below is Apple's reference followed by the specification of the tantalum capacitor (assuming board number is 820-3437). You should be able to buy these from places like Farnell, Digikey or Mouser, depending on where you are located.

Would definitely replace it before it causes a problem.







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Ah, so it's a capacitor not a transistor. Do you by any chance know in what circuit this is located? What is it's functionality?


It stabilises PPBUS_S5_HS_OTHER_ISNS, which is used for input on Q7520, Q7560 and U7501. The fact that it is blown could indicate a voltage spike on this line, it could have been affected by a lot of heat or just be bad.


I don't seem to find a replacement that has the right capacitance. Typical Apple to use such tailored components...?

The only source I could find was Aliexpress, but then I have to buy 50 pieces. Oh dear. Might be able to find a donor board for cheaper.

I suppose a 68uF would work, but there are none that are of the right size and/or voltage.

Any tips?


I'm not sure to be honest with you, sometimes it is ok, but sometimes it can cause an issue. I would play it safe, order a donor board from Aliexpress for under 20$ and transfer it across.


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I have blown capacitor also but it was NEX AV7, will it be okay to replace it with NEE AV7 or NEL AV7? I discovered that the 3rd letter indicates a year, will ot matter when it cpmes on replacing one of this? I only have one blown cap btw

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