Anyone else finding that Magsafe 2 physically disconnects more than Magsafe 1?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jobsian, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    A minor point but when I use this on my lap or any non-hard surface it seems to catch more than the first, forcing me to dedicate the magsafe with its own real estate on my lap/couch/cushion :p It's only a tiny bit irritating but I'm sure they'll fix it with Mag 3.
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yes, I have noticed this, as well. I think it is more the return of the "T" format than the size of the connector. Perhaps they will retain the MagSafe 2 size, but return to the "L" format they used with the last MacBook Air.
  3. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
  4. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    I like the new adapter. I had the L shape on my other mac and one day it didnt disconnect when it was suppose to ripping the wire out of the actual L shape connector.
  5. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I think the return of the "T" format is because it does disconnect more easily compared the "L" format resulting in less laptops ending up on the floor when we trip over the cord. So it's a plus.
  6. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    I wish Apple would invent something so that when falling from a distance the Air/Pro would go into Emergency Mode when everything locks up for a split second and braces for impact. Sort of like how their spinning hard drives used to do that.
  7. Adamb10 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2004
    Yes I have this problem too and it's kind of annoying, I have to handle the computer carefully when plugged in to avoid the cable disconnecting.
  8. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    It depends on the direction.

    Horizontally: Its wider then the magsafe doesnt disconnect fast enough and can pull the computer down with it which defeats the purpose

    Vertically or Diagonal: Its thinner so it disconnects with almost no effort

    With Converter: It disconnects at the side near the adapter rather than the side near the computer which is just plain annoying because to manually disconnect I need to grip at the converter and not the actual plug.

    I think on all counts then the new MagSafe is inferior. ESPECIALLY for Air owners since we use lighter computers and the old one already fit fine. And to be honest, Im not buying that the new MBPwR couldnt be designed around the old MagSafe since it really isnt that much smaller. I suspect that we'll see the true benefits of a thinner MagSafe in future products like maybe the next iPhone.
  9. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    I prefer 2011 MBA magsafe charger than this year's iteration. I prefer the L-shaped adapter than the blocky adapter.
  10. Richard Peters macrumors regular

    Richard Peters

    Jul 18, 2010
    Surrey, UK
    Much prefer the T shape. I always hated the L as it didn't disconnect as easily and I've pulled the laptop a couple of times because of it. The easy to remove L is a welcome return for me!
  11. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Comes out far too easily compared to my 2010.

    Also leaning my MBA against a wall (Thunderbolt side on the floor) the magsafe adapter comes out.

    Step backwards imo. Not to mention incompatibility with other chargers.
  12. johnd39 macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    East Renfrewshire, Scotland
    Magsafe 2

    Each point of view has merit but I am a careful user and never had a problem with the "L" whereas almost any movement of the "T" disconnects it which is a pain.

    I vote for the "L" or a stronger magnet for the "T"
  13. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    With the old L it did depend on direction and the amount of force as well as duration. A short yank in a certain direction made it dislodge. In every other direction or yanking it longer, harder or even dragging it did nothing but move the notebook. I can literally drag my 15" MBP (!) around on my desk (the connector stays on that well, you can simply drag around 2.5kg with ease). Only thing I need to do is drag it by its charging cable. That L-connector is most definitely a flawed design. I shouldn't be able to drag my notebook around the table this way, it should dislodge when I do that. Luckily the old and new T-connectors do exactly that. When I yank the cable they also dislodge and thus safe my notebook from falling. I just had too many times where I had to catch my mbp because the connector did not dislodge. Thankfully I have good reflexes. And it's not just my own notebook, I've seen it with all the Macs that use the L-shaped connector.

    I think it is just an excuse. The old L-shaped connector is a flawed design and Apple knew it. There are many stories on the net about damaged Macs because the connector simply did not dislodge at all.
  14. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I do wonder if they could have made the MagSafe 2 the same thickness as it is now, but the same width as MagSafe 1, so that a new adapter could be used with an old Mac (as the pin format is exactly the same). Barring that, I also find it a bit strange that they sell a MagSafe 1 to MagSafe 2 adapter but not the reverse, as this necessitates manufacturing two sets of adapters in the future. It is also interesting that they changed to MagSafe 2 in the Air but not the non-Retina Pro, given that otherwise the two lines were unchanged on the outside.
  15. akkkmed macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
    Compared to my MBP, I just noticed this on my new MBA. It's quite annoying. The laptop can't rest against my leg (when it's on my lap) like it could with the L-connector. Quite annoying.
  16. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    What would it lock up? With no spinning hard disk there are basically no moving parts except for the fan.
  17. Wokis macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Haven't had version 1 so can't compare it to that. But I do find it annoying that as soon as I want to move my laptop the magsafe plug will pop out.

    I better accidentally trip over the wire at some point during the laptop's lifetime or else it won't feel worth it :)
  18. mikkker007, Jul 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2012

    mikkker007 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Queensland, Australia
    OMG! yet again.... Magsafe1- Magsafe2---- Magsafe 4 billion.
    seriously?! Who Cares? Apple is! and is currently the only PC ( yes I said it ) with such an awesome design........ Would you rather go back to late 90's design with Dc plug?? 10 yrs from now.... everyone will shake their head at "wired" ANYTHING.........seriously...... for those that complain? MBA or MBP isn't for you... go by a Window's equipped ( I was gonna say "powered" but ) DeLL or Toshiba...dare I say...................'samsung'
  19. vodkaPT, Jul 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2012

    vodkaPT macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Lisbon, Portugal
    This is a Forum about macs!

    We discuss every detail over and over again... It's what we do here!

    So I don't get the point of your post, if you think that is a useless topic jump to the next one.

    Back on track, one think that I hate on the T is that on L, the wire was coming to the mac by behind, now with the T the cable is on the way of a book, if I put a book in the left side ( I'm left hander), it's a stupid detail but made some difference to me.

    But disconnect more easier is a plus, improve safety, no problem with that.
  20. Kirixis macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2012
    Hell yes

    As a couch potato, I hate it. The damn thing catches on the couch pushing it up disconnecting it. The weakest part of the magsafe is the up/down flex from the thinner, longer design. :mad:
  21. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    Time for your prozac... :rolleyes:
  22. lannisters4life macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2012
    Add me to the "this is a good thing" parade. Those L shaped earlier ones looked great, but I felt like you could swing your Macbook around by them. Tripping over power cables is one of my pastimes, this helps my ailment.
  23. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Mag-2 is flawed because I can't lay on my left side and surf the net with it plugged in.
  24. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    Lay on your right side...fixed. Hell, you probably even future-proofed yourself!
  25. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    And what exactly would you hope to accomplish by doing that on a laptop with SSD?

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