Is this Magsafe charger dangerous?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Cattywampus_, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. Cattywampus_ macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006

    A while ago I bought a Magsafe 1 adapter for my 2008 MacBook.

    I am sure I bought it on Amazon from a 3rd party trader but I cannot find the order emails and it is not listed on my past orders on Amazon so I cannot determine when I bought it and I can't remember who I bought it from.

    I do know that I bought it under the impression it was a genuine Apple adapter.

    When it arrived, it was not in an original Apple packaging but it looked authentic so I had no issues using it and it has worked without issue, albeit the problem that has brought me to posting on here.

    It looks like the outer coating of the cable near the Magsafe connector is warping. I don't want to say melting as it doesn't look melted and there is no noticeable heat coming from it when in use.

    It is also kinked as you can see from the images. I always look after my cables and know that I have not caused the kink from misuse.

    Does this look like a disaster waiting to happen?
    Should I see how it goes?
    Should I just replace it? £80 for a new adapter is a lot and since I cannot remember where the hell I bought it, there is not chance of getting a refund.

    Thoughts welcomed. Thanks.

  2. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    The damaged part seems to be the cable between charger and connector,I.e the low voltage cable.
    The voltage and power in that cable is far lower than what you get in the power feed on a standard model railroad. No,it's not dangerous,but you will need to replace it anyway
  3. maerz001 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2010
    Yes just use it until it stops working. After that u can find 3rd party on eBay for 30€.

    80£ is more than ur computer is worth it:)
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    If you didn't buy the charger directly from Amazon itself, it is almost certainly a counterfeit. I would replace it and buy one either directly from Apple or from Amazon directly. Do not trust anything that's "fulfilled by Amazon" either.
  5. maerz001 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2010
    Why would u invest 80£ in a 9year old laptop?

    Until the charger dies there is no reason. And probably the MB dies before the charger at this age. It won't fry or burn down his house when he's already using it for quite some time
  6. CatherineVeraGat Suspended

    May 6, 2017
    It is a dangerous thing to be living with!!! 80£ is worth it.
  7. maerz001 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2010
    No and no
  8. Cattywampus_ thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2006

    Think I'll just keep an eye on it and if it gets worse consider buying a new one. The adapter is never left plugged into the Macbook unattended so if it were to decide to spaz out, I would be there to take action.

    Many thanks again.
  9. Bubble99 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2015
    Cattywampus do not buy Magsafe from a non authorized apple dealer or from Apple.

    Such Magsafe clones out there are faulty and not safe.

    See if you can take it back and get one from Apple or from a authorized apple dealer.

    Saving money on possible clone not safe or could be faulty.

    There lots of those clone Magsafe out there.


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