Help: Replacing MagSafe Cable

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  1. jekyl, Apr 15, 2015
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    jekyl macrumors 6502

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    I'm planning to replace the cable on my now backup 60watt charger for my 13" MacBook Pro and have a question. I've cut the old cable at the strain relief and cracked the charger case, the two wires connecting that cable to the board are covered with shrink tubing which appears to cover perhaps a small device. None of the replacement cables I've seen show anything but plain wires at the charger end. Is this significant? It almost looks like it conceals a push-on connector. Also any advice from people who've tried this would be appreciated, including but not limited to what to look for in a replacement cable.

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  2. bookwormsy macrumors 6502

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    Looks to me like they're just insulation. Take them off and remove the tubing. If there's something inside, move it to the new cable.
     
  3. jekyl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's my plan, I have yet to order a replacement cable however or even choose one. I wonder if the cables have connectors that slide onto pins on the board. This is something I've never seen discussed anywhere. I see the possibility of catastrophic damage from trying to pull the cable however but it would be interesting if true.
     
  4. bookwormsy macrumors 6502

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    If you aren't using the cable, it wouldn't hurt to just go and cut the heat shrink off.
     
  5. jekyl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I may do that tomorrow, the project I've been working on has been put on hold for about two weeks.
     
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    I've found another concern, apparently the MagSafe connector reports to the MacBook a set of unique identifiers including the capacity of the charger it's attached to. All of the cables I've seen claim to replace the cable for 45, 60, and 85 watt chargers. Will this cause a reporting problem and cause trouble in use?
     

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