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Old Apr 11, 2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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MBP Power Cord Yellow?

The end of my power cord is a yellow colour, and I've noticed that it's kinda turning blueish too. Should I be worried?
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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I haven't seen that before, I'd take it in to a store and have them look at it, it's better to be safe with chargers.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 01:10 AM   #3
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MagSafe cables tend to do that over time and it usually happens after a few months. This is most likely caused by some heating or possible wiring issue. I noticed it on mine when I used to buy non-Apple MagSafe chargers.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 01:27 AM   #4
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Both my MagSafes are fine...MBP and the one for my MBA....They are the originals that came with my Macs, no discolouration at all. I take your point about third party chargers..I've never used one, and never would. If they break, it's genuine Apple replacements.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 01:37 AM   #5
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On a limb here, but do you smoke?

That seems to be the spot where I normally handle my adapter when I disconnect it from the computer, so I was wondering if the discoloration could be from something you have on your fingers?

Blue could possibly be ink from a pen or a marker. I've had that on an old charger myself.

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Edit: The easiest way to see if this is something that is happening from the inside out or the other way around would probably be to look under the attached clip. If my theory about this being something that is applied to the outside, you would see that the cord is whiter under the clip.

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Old Apr 11, 2012, 08:07 AM   #6
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I don't smoke, and I've had it for a couple of months now, it looks like its getting slightly darker

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It's also the original one that came with my MBP
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 08:10 AM   #7
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The end of my power cord is a yellow colour, and I've noticed that it's kinda turning blueish too. Should I be worried?
Do you often remove/attach the charger? It does look like dirt stains. I'm not calling you dirty though, just to be clear
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 08:29 AM   #8
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Do you often remove/attach the charger? It does look like dirt stains. I'm not calling you dirty though, just to be clear
That's what I was going to say, it happens sometimes.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 08:30 AM   #9
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Do you often remove/attach the charger? It does look like dirt stains. I'm not calling you dirty though, just to be clear
That's entirely possible lol
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 08:25 PM   #10
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I'm not an electrician, but it looks like the insulation is being cooked by the wires they envelope. I'd say take it in to get it looked at and expect to be told to buy a new adapter/power cord.
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Old Apr 11, 2012, 08:42 PM   #11
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I'm not an electrician, but it looks like the insulation is being cooked by the wires they envelope. I'd say take it in to get it looked at and expect to be told to buy a new adapter/power cord.
That is exactly what it looks like.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 05:44 AM   #12
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... and if he slides the little white clip a little down the cord, he'll easily see if this is something that happens from inside the cord or not.

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Old Apr 12, 2012, 11:22 AM   #13
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... and if he slides the little white clip a little down the cord, he'll easily see if this is something that happens from inside the cord or not.

-KJ
I slid it down, there was some weird brown lining across the end of the cord. The yellow was fainter there so I guess it might be just because of some of the dust left on my floor since thats where I leave it when it's not plugged in.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 11:59 AM   #14
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I know the feeling.

I understand that Apple wants the design to be nice, but all my chargers since my my first PowerBook G4 has gotten very dirty after a while. I bet the initial look would be a little less attractive if they made them black or grey, but in the long run it would probably look better for those who travel a bit with it.

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Old Apr 12, 2012, 12:00 PM   #15
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I'm going to say that's not normal, and suggest you take it to an Apple store and request a replacement. It looks to me as though the insulation is cooking.
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I'm going to say that's not normal, and suggest you take it to an Apple store and request a replacement. It looks to me as though the insulation is cooking.
Exactly what I thought.

OP, have you smelled anything funny while using your laptop under heavy use?
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Take it in. The discolouration is from the cable heating up. There is an issue as it should t do that!
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 08:53 PM   #18
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Exactly what I thought.

OP, have you smelled anything funny while using your laptop under heavy use?
Can't say I've smelled anything under heavy usage. Don't think I would've noticed. I guess I'll take it to get it looked at soon.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 09:06 PM   #20
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It's dirt and oil from your fingers. Nothing to see here, move along.
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 09:58 PM   #21
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I definitely believe you should ignores comments about it being dirt, just try to clean it and see if you feel its a hazzle to bring it to an apr. But seeing as how some chargers have had issues, Im voting for the heat problem, unless youre shoveling cowdung all day without washing your hands before handling your laptop, which sounds like the less likely alternative.
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It's dirt and oil from your fingers. Nothing to see here, move along.
Ok Mister Knowitall.

I don't think its dirt, as I have oil filled radiators with white power cords that have gotten yellowish/brown over this passed winter and it's solely due to being used heavily. Not sure if that applies in this situation.
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