How to avoid magsafe damage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cameronfield, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. cameronfield macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2009
    I've seen the pics and read the horror stories of people's magsafe chargers ripping/fraying from being bent when charging. What do you guys do to avoid this? I've come up with 2 solutions, neither of which are perfect...

    1) Use the little "clip" thingy to make a loop where the charger actually plugs in
    2) Make a loose knot and keep it close the the charger end

    Any other ideas?
  2. chriszzz macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2008
    Honestly, I have no idea how people mess up their magsafe adapters.

    None of my adapters or any I've encountered with friends machines have frayed.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Just don't unplug it by yanking on the cord. That should be it.
  4. zwaldowski macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2009
    Hm. This worries me; I can only safely unplug my Magsafe by yanking lightly within 1-2 inches of the plug (including the iPod-sync-cord-like thing directly on the plug). Maybe I have butterfingers or something, but the only way I can unplug my power cord directly from the plug is by "breaking" it out of the plug by wiggling up and down... that seems like it breaks it more than yanking it...
  5. creon macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
  6. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    What in the world are you talking about: "I can only safely unplug my Magsafe by yanking lightly within 1-2 inches of the plug"????
  7. valvehead macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    In addition to that, I also keep at least one turn around the hooks on the adapter. The point where the wire exits the adapter is subjected to a lot of stress. Keeping a little of the wire wrapped around the hooks prevents the wire from getting bent back and forth at that spot.
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Don't use it. No, seriously, I've had 2 replaced in 2 years because the little light stops working- they both look to be in pristine condition, otherwise.
  9. simonshek macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    As he said, he has butterfingers...

    I don't have any problem with disconnecting ipod cable and magsafe cable.
  10. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    Some folks must really overthink the process. I just gently push down on the connector and it falls out of the socket. It's much trickier to keep it plugged-in than to unplug it.
  11. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    I think there is some confusion here.
    Some people talk about pulling the MacSafe out of the MacBook and others are talking about pulling the AC adapter out of the wall socket.
  12. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    I think you are correct.

    But in either case, what is the problem - people can't figure out how to unplug something without breaking something :rolleyes:
  13. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    I have a Whitebook that I take everywhere and plug/un-plug all of the time. I am pretty abusive and not a single fray. I think the problem ones are defects.
  14. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    just dont wrap it. If your like me and you pack and un pack the charger everyday, then wrapping it will mess it up. Most people i see that wrap it, you can feel the cables twisting on the inside after a while. I just kind grab the cord and throw it in my back pack, no cable twisting as of yet.
  15. cameronfield thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2009
    What I meant was more along the lines of while it is still plugged in. I have the charger plugged in on the right side of the room, so a lot of times it will sort of tug at the adapter and put stress at it right where the adapter plugs in.

    Nonetheless, thanks for all the great tips!
  16. jfyrfytr25 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2008
    seems to me like there is just an influx of noobs lately and they just want to start a thread to start one.

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