Broke Tab On MBP Charger, Can it Be Fixed?

Tydog07

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I recently broke off one of the little tabs on the macbook pro charger that holds the charging cable nice and neatly when you're not using it. Is there anyway to fix it? I do have the little tab but I cannot figure out how it would go back on.
 

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pure3d2

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To swap that out, you'd have to open up the brick. I don't know of a way to open them without destroying them--they are held together by glue.
 

el-John-o

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The rules here don't allow for thread bumping, just a heads up.

I've got mine here, and it definitely looks like the only way to get it back in there is to crack the adapter open. I also suspect the adapter is glued together in one piece (it's meant to be replaced anyway, not serviced). If you should decide to crack it open, be away you could be in for a shock! (Pun intended), also, think about how you'll get it back together, and make it look good!

I honestly think your best bet here, if it's an issue, is to just replace it.

Otherwise (and don't laugh!) my friend broke one of his too on his MacBook. So he took a popsicle stick and rubber banded it to the side that was broken whenever he needed to 'pack away' his charger. Then he could wrap the cord around the popsicle stick on one side, the and remaining tang on the other side.

Personally, I'd just wrap it around the brick itself in that case if it were me :p But hey, I figured I'd share that with ya! LOL
 

Mrbobb

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1. It cannot be disassembled wo destroying it. I tried.

2. As nice as those ears are it is my opinion keeping cable rolled that way in a tight bundle accelerates cable splinting. YMVV.

3. If u like it that way anyways, keep this one at home where u don't have to roll it and buy another one for the road.
 

Tydog07

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To swap that out, you'd have to open up the brick. I don't know of a way to open them without destroying them--they are held together by glue.

The rules here don't allow for thread bumping, just a heads up.

I've got mine here, and it definitely looks like the only way to get it back in there is to crack the adapter open. I also suspect the adapter is glued together in one piece (it's meant to be replaced anyway, not serviced). If you should decide to crack it open, be away you could be in for a shock! (Pun intended), also, think about how you'll get it back together, and make it look good!

I honestly think your best bet here, if it's an issue, is to just replace it.

Otherwise (and don't laugh!) my friend broke one of his too on his MacBook. So he took a popsicle stick and rubber banded it to the side that was broken whenever he needed to 'pack away' his charger. Then he could wrap the cord around the popsicle stick on one side, the and remaining tang on the other side.

Personally, I'd just wrap it around the brick itself in that case if it were me :p But hey, I figured I'd share that with ya! LOL
1. It cannot be disassembled wo destroying it. I tried.

2. As nice as those ears are it is my opinion keeping cable rolled that way in a tight bundle accelerates cable splinting. YMVV.

3. If u like it that way anyways, keep this one at home where u don't have to roll it and buy another one for the road.
Sorry for bumping, won't do it again.

Alright I guess I'll leave it as is. If I ever go back into the apple store, I'll see if they can help me out in any sort of way. Thanks guys.
 

Ploki

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Actually, it can be taken apart. I fixed two already. You can superglue the halfs together but you do need to be very careful while taking them apart!
I don't know where will you get the replacement tab though.

It has two little round pins on each side... and they probably broke off. You could superglue the pin back if you find it.

There is also a metal clip acting as spring, its PITA to set back correctly for reassembly.
 

RedTomato

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I just broke off the little white folding prong / tab on my macbook charger too. Seems to have vanished but luckily I have some spare old style chargers that are going unused. I'll see if I can pull out a prong from one of these and wedge it into the new one somehow.