Do you wrap the cord when putting away your MagSafe Charger?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by M-5, Aug 1, 2009.


Do you wrap the cord around the prongs?

  1. Yes, I do.

    91 vote(s)
  2. No, I do not.

    47 vote(s)
  1. M-5 macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2008
    A few of you may not know, but the prongs on the power adapter are supposed to be used to wrap the cord around when you are putting it away. I'm curious to know if any of you actually do this. I'm afraid to do this because I fear that the cord will eventually get weak from being wrapped around and the part of the wire that connects to the actual power adapter might become loose. I'd like to know if someone has done this very frequently and hasn't experienced any problems.

    Example shown here:
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I know about the prongs, and used to use them, but I stopped caring and usually just throw it into my bag if I take my computer anywhere. But once I get a sleeve for my MB I am not even going to be taking my power cord anywhere if it is just a short trip. :)
  3. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Yes, but I try to not bend the attachment to the wall plug in.
  4. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I wrap the cord loosely around my hand, leaving about four inches not wrapped, then I put the whole thing in a little gearbag of its own, which is fairly spacious, fairly rigid and doesn't let the thing move around (it's one of those smallish Waterfield gear bags, I forget which one), and then just toss it into the larger bag containing the sleeved computer and whatever else is making the trip.

    I do consider the thing vulnerable to fray there where it attaches, and do try to minimize stress on it.
  5. andrew12090 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2009
    I wrap it around the prongs and the way I look at it is, if it frays or whatnot, I always have applecare
  6. Swiss Apple macrumors member

    Swiss Apple

    Jul 25, 2009
    I have a young cat who loves to chew wires, so I always make sure its wrapped around the prongs.
  7. hugorganista macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2009
    Me too.

    I also wrap the cord. But I can see where your coming from. The cord is a little hard and sturdy at first at but then later it gets loose. Which worries me =/
  8. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    It seems like wrapping the cord is the behavior Apple intends, so that is what I do. If it breaks I will get it replaced in one of their stores. If it catches fire I will get a lot of things replaced by Apple! :)
  9. moral-hazard macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    The trick here, as kellen said, is not to bend the attachment to the power brick. I made that mistake with my last laptop (a sony vaio) & ended up with live, unshielded wire sticking out after about a year and a half. It was because I threw that brick in and out of my backback every day while going to class, and usually wrapped it way too tight. If you leave a little slack sticking out on the brick then wrap it, it works much better.

    I bought a spare charger for my uMBP so that I dont always have to crawl behind my desk every day to get the charger and go to class. It'll probably be wrapped up in my backpack at all times, but ill be more careful with it :)
  10. bc008 macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    yes, I have wrapped it on every one of my mac laptops for the past two years. I just make sure i start it loose, wrap it tighter, then end loose.
  11. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    I honestly don't believe that people don't know about the prongs, I'm pretty certain my MBP came with the cord wrapped around the prongs, so how anyone can see that, then unravel it, then not get it, I mean really??
  12. NikFinn macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2009
    I can honestly say I didn't know about it until like last week...and I don't usually wrap the cord. I actually don't tend to wrap the cord on anything.
  13. M-5 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2008
    There are plenty of people who are not aware of this; many of my friends weren't. My MacBook Pro 13 inch, did not have the cord wrapped around the prongs. Neither did the MacBook I purchased two years ago.
  14. cu2010 macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2009
    new york city
    I didn't know. :eek: Mine didn't come like that.
  15. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    I did, until one of the prongs broke off. That has happened on every one of the four adaptors I've had. Now I do what LizKat does.

    To quote Bullwinkle, I don't know my own strength.
  16. d0mth0ma5 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    No, are American prongs really that flimsy? It would take an effort to bend the ones in the UK.

    My mistake i thought you were referring to the charging points. I usually just throw it in a bag, sometimes wrap it up.
  17. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    After seeing the many reports of Magsafe Fires and realizing they almost always occur at one end of the cord I made the decision to NOT wrap it up.

    Wrapping it up contributes, or can, to the stress of the cable end at the brick. It is my belief after looking at several burned Magsafes that STRESS on the cable is a major contributing factor in the burned units.

    I roll it up, as well as the AC power side and it resides in a pocket of the computer bag, ALONE.
  18. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    I have apple care.

    If treating the cord how apple tells me to causes it to break or catch fire then good. They best be giving me a new adapter/laptop if it breaks.

    I really don't understand why they don't just make the power adapter more robust.
  19. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2008
  20. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
    I don't as I don't like the amount of strain and the angle on the cable that goes into the plug. I just coil it up now, and put it in my applesac case. Stores it nicely, securely and doesn't damage the cable or make it stay in the coidled shape.

    With my other adaptor, I just throw it in my bag as its the full length cable, where there isn't enough space on the prongs to wrap both sides around
  21. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    just make sure the head is straight, as long as that's not bent then it won't detach inside.
    the cord gets loose because the rubber get's stretched, the insides are fine.
  22. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Mine didn't. The whole brick was wrapped in plastic, which means the prongs were too.
  23. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    I coil it up and and just have a velcro cable strap on it to keep it together. I don't like the prongs, because you can't do an over/under coil with the cable and get it onto them, at least not that I've found.
  24. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    i actually didn't know what the prongs were for when i first opened my laptop up.
    the first thing i thought of actually was maybe it's for hanging on your wall if you use the extension so your box isn't on the floor.
  25. theJamie macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2009
    I wrap the cord if I am traveling but with my battery life length I haven't had a need to bring the cord with me. I make sure to wrap it loosely.

    Also, I bought my 17" uMBP one to two weeks ago and the cord was not wrapped around the prongs. I only discovered it when I was trying to detach the plug to attach the corded plug on.

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