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

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

  1. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    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

    Aug 7, 2008
    Boston, MA.
    Sounds like there may be a problem. They get hot, but not enough to possibly burn. Unplug it.
  3. 6-0 Prolene macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    I think "alarmed" might be a bit strong. Call AppleCare and get a replacement. No alarm necessary.
  4. 6-0 Prolene macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    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


    Apr 3, 2009
    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.


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

    Aug 30, 2009
    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

    Mar 1, 2007
    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

    Jan 6, 2004
    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

    Aug 6, 2008
    Baltimore, Maryland

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


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Just get apple to replace it. Mine started fraying and they immediately replaced it, no questions asked.
  11. djrobsd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    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

    Feb 20, 2010
    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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