Laptop AC adaptor done-zo?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by timiscute, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. timiscute, Mar 28, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013

    timiscute macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2010
    So last night the adaptor for my macbook (I believe it is a 2008 model at least thats what the guy said when i was upgrading my ram) just stopped charging. It will charge sometimes if I have it closed and I don't touch it for a while. I just wanted to make sure this is the right chord before I order charger It looks right but wanted to make sure there werent a bunch that look the same but work differently. Let me know asap please so I can order replacement.


    Edit: also the reviews for basically all of these adaptors have a few that say it stopped working after a few weeks. is there something I should be looking for a quality one? does wattage matter?
    Editagain: I just read that they used to have a policy that you can go into the store with the charger and they would replace it for free? This true? Do they still do this?
  2. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    if theres any stress on the cable like dangling or the brick pulling down from a high desk over time they get defective
  3. timiscute thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Yes I know the thing is defective. That's not what I was asking. I want to know if the wattage on the replacement matters and if the inexpensive ones on amazon will work well and if apple has the policy that you can get a free replacement?
  4. gryffinwings macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2012
    Wattage to my knowledge does matter, Apple has several differently rated AC Adapters so you need to get one that's high enough.

    If you go to "About This Mac" and then "More Info", Please copy and paste and post here the Hardware Overview section for you system.

    Or you could see if your computer will display the AC Charger Information under Power and that should give you the information you need. Here's mine for an example, AC Charger Information is at the bottom, for mine anyways:

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.1 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2.5 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.31f1
    Serial Number (system): W88389Q35HS
    Hardware UUID: 4ECF6130-788B-5317-9E54-AC1E7C6AC320
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled


    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Device name: ASMB016
    Pack Lot Code: 0000
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0200
    Cell Revision: 0102
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 0
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 0
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 0
    Battery Installed: No
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 0

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 20
    Automatic Restart On Power Loss: No
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Wake On LAN: No
    Current Power Source: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 2
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Reduce Brightness: Yes

    Hardware Configuration:

    UPS Installed: No

    AC Charger Information:

    Connected: Yes
    ID: 0x0100
    Wattage (W): 60
    Revision: 0x0000
    Family: 0x00ba
    Serial Number: 0x007a60b8
    Charging: No

    I think you might be safe with the 60 watt model, mine is an Early 2008 Macbook and that's what it uses a MagSafe 60 Watt power adapter.

    This one looks like it's rated higher than the Apple one:
  5. timiscute thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2010
    thanks for the info. Was wondering about refurbished adaptors. Thought it might be a cheap way to get the quality without having to deal with knock offs?
    Anyone heard of this site?
    refurbed adaptor
  6. gryffinwings macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2012
    Never heard of them but, there are several reviews say they work just fine, as well as being liked through facebook, so you be the judge.

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