60w Mag"safe" adaptor not feeling so safe any more

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by djrobsd, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

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    My Magsafe adaptor is so hot right now that it almost burns me to hold it. It also smells pretty warm, like a heater. This can't be normal can it?

    Should I be alarmed?

    My 13.3" UMBP is only 3 months old...
     
  2. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like there may be a problem. They get hot, but not enough to possibly burn. Unplug it.
     
  3. 6-0 Prolene macrumors 6502

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    I think "alarmed" might be a bit strong. Call AppleCare and get a replacement. No alarm necessary.
     
  4. 6-0 Prolene macrumors 6502

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    Looking at the scratches and nicks on those things it looks like their owners, in addition to having the fraying/melting problem, are beating the crap out of their hardware.
     
  5. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    well you WRONG

    brand new mbp 13" out of the box....almost burnt my house down

    the magsafe caught on fire a burned the crap out of my desk and the mbp.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=735615&highlight=magsafe+fire

    most fires do not happen in the wire but the actual magsafe plug and burn from the laptop down
     
  6. dennis123123 macrumors member

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    its just from less careful people who bend/kink/twist the wire, or disconnect it by tugging the cable.

    its not just going to break on its own!
     
  7. ttopp macrumors regular

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    my GFs one went like those in the pics Apple replaced it no quibbles at all.. though i think it was her moving the comp about too much really.. mines have been fine
     
  8. SWC macrumors 6502

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    Almost all of the ones I have seen online have been from "abuse" and I have had my own similar problems because I often unplugged the cable by pulling the cord vs grabbing the plastic end.

    At the end of the day the connector isn't as rugged as it should be. I don't get why apple doesn't just make all of the adapters like the the air where its metal and has a much stronger stress relief boot. This would stop a lot of the issues.
     
  9. rwd hero macrumors 6502

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    I have never "abused" my charger, or my computer.
     
  10. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Just get apple to replace it. Mine started fraying and they immediately replaced it, no questions asked.
     
  11. djrobsd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My computer is brand new, the adapter is also brand new with very few nicks and scratches, I have never dropped it - so I do kind of resent some of the remarks people made about abusing your computer. Anyway, I will call apple tomorrow and see if they will replace it, something tells me they do not fancy the idea of having a front page news article about a fire involving a brand new macbook pro. :)
     
  12. radiosity macrumors newbie

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    yeah, they'll replace it without question. I'm more concerned that they are still making the things. :(

    something I hope they will fix when arrandale is rolled out. :D
     

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