How do you know the MB is charging?

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  1. ghanwani, Apr 23, 2015
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    ghanwani macrumors 6502a

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    Given there's no magsafe with LED, how do you know if the MB is charging when it's plugged in and the screen (or entire machine) is off?
     
  2. legioxi macrumors 6502a

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    I believe one of the reviews said the screen will display a battery charge icon similar to an iPhone/iPad.
     
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

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    You can see the charging icon in the menu bar.
     
  4. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Even when the computer is powered off?
     
  5. tecnho macrumors 6502

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    So I have heard
     
  6. chabig macrumors 68040

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    No, of course not. When the computer is off or closed, you know it's charging because it's plugged in.
     
  7. ghanwani, Apr 23, 2015
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    ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What if there's a problem with the connector or the power plug is loose or fell out?

    What has happened to me on many occasions, is that I check in to a hotel and plug my phone or computer in. I don't see a light/charging indication and realize that the plug has no power coming to it, either because it was defective or because it needed a switch to be turned on. I figure out where else to plug the device in.

    Let's say I run the device dry while on the plane. When I land and plug it in, how do I know I'm really connected to power without waiting to actually power the device up?
     
  8. kamalds macrumors regular

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    Well turn it on again. It will take only few seconds.
     
  9. G2244 macrumors member

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    There is also a chime as the USB-C is plugged into the slot. I noticed this even when the sound is all the way down. It is faint, but audible.
     
  10. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Treat it like an iPhone/iPad rather than a MacBook and you will have your answer.
     
  11. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    I know it's charging by the same was before the charging light was introduced. I looked at the screen to see if there is a lightening bolt icon. Or, I just assume it's working (99.9999999% of the time it is working). :cool:

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    When I charge my iPhone I always look at the screen to see if it's actually charging before I place it down. Takes 2-3 seconds. Easy.
     
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Fraid not. Part of the price to be paid for the thinness.
     
  13. thadoggfather Suspended

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    it makes a chiming noise when you plug it in, like iOS devices do when sound is on except it does it all the time, whether on mute or not.

    If you're hard of hearing/deaf, it'd be tough.
     
  14. tecnho macrumors 6502

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    How do you know the MB is charging?


    I am confused. I thought someone said that it will display a charging icon even when off.
     
  15. dyt1983, Apr 23, 2015
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    edit: to remove personally identifying information not relevant to thread.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    I do not think so. When it is off the display is dead.
     
  17. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

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    It will show it charging for a second when you plug the charging cord into the laptop, after that the screen stays blank.
     
  18. tecnho macrumors 6502

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    Ok. Thanks, that helps clear it up.

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    Similarly to an iPhone
     
  19. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Actually, it does briefly show that it is charging even when it is powered off.
     
  20. tecnho macrumors 6502

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    As a follow up to the iphone comparison, is there a way , like on the phone, to press the power button and get the charge icon and status for another brief second?
     

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