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BoxerRobban472

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 12, 2013
66
1
Gothenburg, Sweden
Hi all! So I have a MacBook 13” 2013 that’s been with me for a couple of years. I just came home from backpacking for around 8 months while working part time from my MacBook. For the last month of the trip, my charger started to act weird. I have a third-party charger with a ‘brick’ that has a small light when taking charge and I’d have to hold the cable in specific angles for the computer to take charge. I figured the charger was starting to break and after a week or two the MagSafe-contact stopped taking charge (the light on the connector wouldn’t light up/MacBook wouldn’t charge) unless the cable was specifically aligned. Eventually, this gave out completely. I could see that the power brick was receiving power from the outlet but there was no way I could angle the cable so that my MacBook would receive any power.

I have now arrived home and bought a USB-C - MagSafe 2 replacement cable but my computer won’t charge from that either.

I’m not sure what the next best step in regards to troubleshooting would be? I feel it wouldn’t be worth the $100 the repair shops quote me to diagnose the issue.
 

real_mon2

macrumors member
Mar 11, 2023
49
8
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Use a cotton swab dipped in IPA (alcohol from Costco pharmacy is great) and clean the mating contacts of the magsafe connector on the logic board. Then test again. Additional testing will require test equipment like a multimeter and the tools to open the unit.
 

BoxerRobban472

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 12, 2013
66
1
Gothenburg, Sweden
Use a cotton swab dipped in IPA (alcohol from Costco pharmacy is great) and clean the mating contacts of the magsafe connector on the logic board. Then test again. Additional testing will require test equipment like a multimeter and the tools to open the unit.
Thank you for your response and tips, will do!
 
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