Be careful if you are using your macbook in your backpack!

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  1. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    okay, i am in no way complaining, just thought i should warn some people ;)

    I had my macbook in my backpack. the same place i store mechanical pencils. it turns out those little pieces of lead can stick to the magsafe plug. no biggie, but i was startled when my magsafe plug was crooked, and i looked to see like 8 teeny pieces of lead magnified to it. All it took was some rolled up tape and an eraser to erase the marks they left, but it was startling!

    if you use your macbook in your backpack, try to leave the ports facing up. :)
     
  2. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Okaaaay....Thanks??:D

    Anything magnetic will attach to the MagSafe power port.
     
  3. youssefm macrumors 6502

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    thanks! i use a northface backpack so to protect my macbook i wrap it in the plastic apple bag i got when i bought my macbook, then i put it in my bag.. when it rains i wrap it in 3 plastic bags first =D
     
  4. bc008 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    haha, not the most important information, but it sucks having to get out, so i thought id tell people ;)
     
  5. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Ya....it does suck having to pluck everything metal out of the power port....that is why i put some scotch tape over mine before I put it into my case. :D:D;);)
     
  6. skwij macrumors 6502

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    Uhhh.....

    Notebook sleeve? Faster than tape, and more protective.

    Added bonus, no ***** can "attack" the MB.
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    +1
     
  8. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    if you bring your macbook to school you should always have a case over it anyway
     
  9. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have a sleeve for my Macbook but my backpack has a separate compartment for laptops. Never got lead in my Magsafe :eek:
     
  10. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    What 3rd world country does the OP live in where they are still using LEAD for pencils?;)
     
  11. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Sleeves are great, but they don't have enough pockets/compartments for all of my wonderful peripherals.:D
     
  12. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Sleeve goes on macbook, macbook goes in backpack, peripherals in backpack too.
     
  13. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    I'd rather use tape!! :D

    I don't want to spend 30 some odd dollars on a sleeve just to prevent paperclips from attaching to my MagSafe port. Besides, it's one more thing to unzip and what am I going to do with the sleeve when I am using my MacBook. :)
     
  14. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Sleeves also protect from other things as well, like scratching, and in case of spills elsewhere in your backpack theres at least a LITTLE protection.
     
  15. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Ok, now you've got a point. :D
     
  16. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Which country still uses actual lead? And do get a sleeve.
     
  17. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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    It's obviously a misnomer for the graphite sticks that go into mechanical pencils, but I am guilty of calling it lead. :cool: If I asked a friend if he had any extra graphite for my pencil I think I'd get a strange look ;)
     
  18. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    This is why you use a sleeve and THEN put it in your backpack.
     
  19. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    I didn't use to have a sleeve when i had my Toshiba laptop, but my MB gets a well padded sleeve and a nice backpack with a laptop compartment... I just don't want to have scratches and dings on the MB from pencils or whatnot...
     
  20. Heimlich macrumors member

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    Yeah lol i thought of that, having the macbook in a backpack. A good sleeve to have would be a sleeve with the opening on the shorter side like an AppleSac. So the sleeve can stay in the backpack as a separate pocket thing.
     
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  22. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Pencils, since their invention in the sixteenth century, have used exclusively graphite, or pure carbon, which is not magnetic.

    I have no idea why the pencil lead is allegedly sticking to the magsafe connector.
     
  23. danvan21 macrumors regular

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    just about to say that.
     
  24. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    I have a foof bag myself, but the idea is roughly the same. Vertical sleeves FTW! :)
     
  25. ChazDaSpaz macrumors regular

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    Pencil lead is also known as graphite, I don't think graphite is magnetic though, so you are just as likely to get graphite in any of the ports, as well as the magsafe port.
     

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