Melting MagSafe Cable

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  1. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Check this out...
     

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  2. pjo macrumors regular

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    how did that happen?

    tell me that wasn't spontaneous...
     
  3. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    Did you do that, like with an Iron? Or did it just happen? If it just happened... Call Apple NOW!
     
  4. gkhaldi macrumors regular

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    Please tell me that's from a sigarette or sigar. It's a scary thought that this happened by itself (I got 3 of those permanently plugged in!!) :eek: :eek:
     
  5. alexprice thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure whats happened. Just noticed it. Dont think its anthing I've done. IE cigars etc. I will get it changed ASAP.
     
  6. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    If you're sure what happened, how about you tell us rather than leave it as a mystery. It doesn't look like it came from the wire but from an external source...
     
  7. skunk macrumors G4

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    I agree. Doesn't look like a cable issue at all.
     
  8. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    What computer was it attached to? Obviously not the one in your sig of course.
     
  9. alexprice thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Typo in last post. Meant to say "I'm not sure".

    Sunfast: Correct, it was plugged into a MacBook Pro.

    Warbrain: I'm pretty sure thats there's nothing else that would have caused it.

    Its a mystery!
     
  10. skunk macrumors G4

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    Internal overheating would be most unlikely to cause superficial damage to the flex.
     
  11. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Especially in the manner in which it's burned.
     
  12. alexprice thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sure. Its an odd one.:confused:
     
  13. alexprice thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Heres a better pic.
     

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  15. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    To me, it looks like something melted the cable from the outside, especially with the crater that appears to have formed on the casing.
     
  16. JAT macrumors 603

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    Walk into a Store, exchange. Soon. Like, yesterday.
     
  17. matttrick macrumors 6502

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    i doubt it. you can see the smaller circles that didnt burn all the way through from the inside. although i am pretty confused as to how it could get that hot, it does look internal. also if you look closely, especially at the smaller burn hole on the right, it is raising away from the wire. i dont think it would do that if something pressed against it to burn it.
     
  18. discounteggroll macrumors 6502

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    were you using a 3rd party extension cable? those are notorious for causing overheating and malfunctions
     
  19. ripfrankwhite macrumors regular

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    I unplug mine at night, every night. That is scary. But it is something to be concernced with about all cables, not just Apple.
     
  20. djonasty macrumors newbie

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    mine melted, too

    I don't have photos, but I noticed a burning plastic smell while using my macbook. (No other heat sources were nearby in my office.)

    The main transformer body (model A1184) was extremely hot, and the cabling about an inch upstream of the magsafe connecter was melting/smoldering and HOT.
    I unplugged, bought a new one, and all seems to be going okay now.

    After cutting/stripping the old cable upstream of the short/over-current, the transformer body stays cool when plugged in (though of course there's no load on it). Oddly, instead of reading the nominal 16.5VDC, my multimeter reads (steadily) 6.86VDC across the two conductors.

    Also unfortunately, the melt was so close to the magsafe connector that I couldn't harvest it for re-dedication. :/


    Now I'm sorry I didn't take pictures before ripping it apart-- it looked very similar to the photo above.

    -dwj
     
  21. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    this happened to me....almost burnt my house down.

    apple replaced my desk , laptop , firwire 800 cables , UPS .
     

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