Is it safe to use a frayed charging cable?

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  1. WinterWolf90 macrumors 6502a

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    Mt early 2015 MacBook Pro cable is starting to fray near the MagSafe connector piece. It's not horrible, I was thinking of. getting electrical tape and using it to cover it. I really dont want to get a new one because its so expensive. There is no risk of shock or anything from this correct?
     

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  2. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    Definitely needs to be replaced and not taped
    You can even see corrosion in the wiring

    If you think a new charging cable is expensive, wait till you see the costs when things go really bad
     
  3. WinterWolf90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    when what goes bad?
     
  4. Webster's Mac macrumors regular

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    I highly doubt that is corrosion. That is most likely the glue or fill material used between the outer material and the wire that is inside.
     
  5. troop231 macrumors 603

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    It is oxidation on the shield though, he's right:

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  6. Webster's Mac macrumors regular

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    Huh...surprised the charger still works. OP should definitely quit using this adaptor. Be sure to get a new one from an Apple Store or AASP. Too many fakes out there...
     
  7. WinterWolf90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I added a closer picture.
     

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  8. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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    Either it catches fire or fries the laptop charging board.
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    Not helping your case
     
  10. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    Not worth the risk honestly. If you burn up the laptop or anything else it's gonna cost you a lot more than a new charger.
     
  11. WinterWolf90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I added it because someone zoomed the other one and it as blurry, I wasn't trying to "make a case."
     
  12. Webster's Mac macrumors regular

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    A new charger will cost around $80. Expensive...I know...but it is cheaper than the damage that could ensue from continuing to use this one.
     
  13. WinterWolf90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I will get one I guess, I have a coupon for best buy so guess I can grab it there. Are the ones on amazon legit? they have ones shipped and sold from them, I have enough points to get one free there.
     
  14. Webster's Mac macrumors regular

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    If you've got a gift card from best buy, I'd just go there. Any little bit of money off helps on these chargers, and best buy is guaranteed to have genuine apple Magsafe chargers.
     
  15. Halo_2 macrumors newbie

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    It just the outside insulation, can just heat shrink it.
     
  16. currahee2100 macrumors regular

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  17. WinterWolf90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ive never seen this website before, Have you ordered from it before
     
  18. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

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    If I had a charging cable that looked like that, I would get a new one without such problems. I would personally be too scared to use it. Got an apple store not too far from me.
     
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  20. christarp macrumors 6502

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    I just want to point out the blue stuff you see in the picture posted is not oxidation or corrosion, it is a blue anti-friction material added inside the wire to relieve stresses when bent. That being said, my charger cable is frayed MUCH more than the OP's and it is still working and hasn't been an issue. Though, I only charge it when I'm using it.
     
  21. StarShot macrumors 6502a

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    [QUOTE="MacDawg, post: 27446798, member: 31227"
    If you think a new charging cable is expensive, wait till you see the costs when things go really bad[/QUOTE]

    Sorry to step in here, but my MBA cira 2013 cable is NOT fraded, but around 12-15" of the cable from the break away plug is yellow similar to the one in this thread. Anyone else notice their charging cable turning yellowish? Absolutely no tears/breaks in my cable.

    With the MBA charged to 100%, I feel no heat in the charger block or the cable.
     

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