Powerbook Powerpacks

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Nik_Doof, May 27, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2003
    St Helens, UK
    Please please please tell me that powerbook transformers have a overheat protection on them, my block is about 60c and is refusing to charge my pb...

    is it dead or is it just some protection? :(
  2. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    gee i never heard that they had a heat problem before

    i leave my running all the time no problems, are u sure u didnt put it next to a heat source
  3. macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Since those power bricks aren't supposed to get all that hot (at least, none I've ever felt did), and it's also not working, I expect it's failed and that's why it's so hot.

    You could probably let it cool down and try again, since it's theoretically possible it overheated for some other reason and it'll be ok once it cools down, but I think that's highly unlikely. And, I'd be careful with it--if it has shorted internally, it could do something very bad if you keep using it (melt, burn, explode, shoot out sparks, trip the breaker in your house, etc). Certainly don't leave it alone.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    Is it a "Made in China" product? I had one of these that overheated and failed to charge the battery after only about 20 minutes of use. It would get so hot that I was afraid it would start a fire. It eventually stopped working altogether. The unit that is made in Thailand runs much cooler and the overall product quality is higher.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2004
    There is a short in the power block that results in the higher temperature. Don't worry your powerbook is safe. Devices like that always have voltage protection in them.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2004
    60c for the cpu isn't anything to worry too much about, i often get up to 60-65. if you are talking about the casing/hand rest area well... ouch!
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2002
    Tacoma, WA
    My powerblock got INCREDIBLY hot (it was wrapped in the down comforter of my bed) and stopped working until it cooled down (about 10 minutes).


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