Can I use old power cord(from 2009 imac) for imac 5k?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Degals, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Degals macrumors newbie


    Dec 2, 2015
    Can I use old power cord(from 2009 imac) for imac 5k?
  2. twilexia macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2015
    Most likely not. Either way I would not risk it, you could destroy your iMac in seconds.
  3. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    Probably not. Why would you anyways? Your new iMac comes with a cable.
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Or, not...
    You forgot the /sarcasm notice. :D

    @Degals, a standard power cord seldom has significant change. As long as the cord appears undamaged, there should be no problem in using an older power cord.
    I have a 2013 iMac that has a power cord that originally came with my first bondi-blue iMac. It doesn't have the "shoulder" where it attaches to the iMac, but "wires are wires"

    Unless, by "old power cord" you actually mean an older surge protector. I wouldn't use one that's more than 4 or 5 years old. That's unlikely to "destroy your iMac in seconds", but it may have a dead protective circuit (and not protecting anything) even while continuing to provide (unprotected) power.
  5. brofkand macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2006
    The iMac uses a standard PC power cord, and has for every generation except the G4.

    You can reuse the cord if you wish. You could use an iMac G3's multicolored cord if you wanted. At work we have several iMacs and Mac minis and the Apple power cords are long gone (lost, damaged, whatever happens to them nobody knows). We use standard PC power supply cords for the iMacs and for the minis, we typically use cables scavenged from old printers, Lenovo laptops, etc.

    You won't fry your iMac by using the old cord. Nor will you fry it if you use a cord from an HP, Lenovo, or other PC desktop. The only danger here is if the cord is damaged and the wires are frayed; then you could certainly damage your iMac (or start a fire, or both).
  6. dogslobber macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    I use a kettle lead with my 2011 iMac so the answer is probably yes.
  7. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Yeah, assuming it fits. All Macs have the same PC-style power connector (except the G4). Not sure why you would do that though.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You can use it, but the portion that goes into the computer is not shaped so it will fit oddly and may not be securely in there. Power cord is a power cord and there's nothing special about a bundle of wires - as long as the connector is the same and apple uses the standard set up

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