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Original poster
Jun 20, 2014

So recently my 2014 Macbook Air Magesafe charger broke- no biggie, as it had been frayed at the end for a while. I picked up a new official Magsafe Charger from Apple, checking it meets the requirements of the laptop.

Fast forward 2 days, and I notice trying to charge the laptop becomes a problem. I plug in the Magsafe, it charges for a minute or so, then the orange light shuts off. Then, after about an hour or so of trying to remedy this by resetting the SMC, it stops working completely and I notice these burn marks on the port itself (Fourth one in on picture).

Is this fixable? I'm not an expert when it comes to this, but I'm slightly annoyed having paid all of this money for a new charger only for it to last 2 days and burn the port itself.



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macrumors 68020
Jun 15, 2018
I had this EXACT thing happen to me. With the failing charger, the computer went on/off/on/off the charger dozens of times before I found a position it would actually charge (with the old charger probably throwing micro-sparks every time this happened and throughout charging). By the time I bought a new charger, it was a matter of days before the entire laptop stopped charging.

Apple wanted to replace the ENTIRE logic board plus that I/O board. I took it to an indie shop, and they were able to repair the fried boards for a LOT less $$$ (say 1/2 of the price). This was Jan. 2017 and that Mac is still going strong, so I suggest you do that.

Moral of the story: if your Mac charger begins to fail, buy one ASAP.


macrumors 603
Aug 27, 2012
I suggest, before doing time consuming major surgery, attempt to clean the connector, both ends, and see if that helps.
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