macbook air charger gets really hot?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jj02, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. jj02 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2012
    hi i just bought the macbook air 2012 base model 13 inch yesterday and this is my first mac. is it normal for the base of the charger to get really hot? Its not that hot enough to burn me but it does get uncomfortable in the hand .

    should i bring this to the apple store to get this checked?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's perfectly normal for your charger or your MacBook Air to get very hot.
  3. RonShort macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2010
    mine gets warm to the touch but not that hot...
  4. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    i love all these subjective terms;

    • "really hot"
    • "not that hot enough to burn me"
    • "uncomfortable in the hand"
    • "warm to the touch"
    • "not that hot"

    OP - it's normal, try enjoying your MBA
  5. GBlansten macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2012
    Thick Ascending Limb
    He could get an aftermarket water cooling setup for his charger. I love mine. It was only $495. The only downside is the power supply for the water system gets very hot.
  6. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    You win the thread :D

    It's normal for these chargers to get hot. If they combust, then take it to Apple.
  7. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    "Apple Hypochondria"

    a dread disease caught by reading too much here and forgetting that Apple pretty much has engineered a product to work for a long time. When catching this disease you will suddenly lose sleep over:

    1. your battery is hovering at 99%
    2. your charger/case gets "too hot"
    3. your disk speed is 10 units down from the average
    4. your screen is a diff tinge than other screens you "heard about"
    5. your SSD is the opposite of whatever is supposed to be the good one...

    Look out for this terrible malady.....
  8. GBlansten macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2012
    Thick Ascending Limb
    6. I have a submicron defect in my aluminum case. It can only be seen by a scanning tunneling electron microscope. Do I have a right to a new Mac?
  9. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    7. If Apple uses multiple suppliers for the same part, I have the right to return the device until I get all the 'right' suppliers for every part.
    8. For all problems, real and imagined, I have the right to start a new thread for each one.
  10. GBlansten macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2012
    Thick Ascending Limb
    So true.:D
  11. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    The 45watt chargers that come with the Air might be a little underspec'd, mine failed after 15 months, and I've read about several others failing on this board. They may be failing due to heat stress on the components. Mine failed when over a two week period, the orange charge light would come on only for about 15 minutes while charging, then go out (no green light), and finally it stopped working altogether.
  12. trophynuts macrumors member


    May 25, 2011
    i like how a new MBA user comes to this forum asking a simple question and there are some people in here that can't just give a simple answer.

    I was wondering why my charger gets hot as well and if it was normal. I don't have to post a thread and get flamed now because i read this one.
  13. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    People aren't flaming, and I'm sure none of us want you to feel that way. There is just a thing that happens with new Apple owners, which is a MICROSCOPIC look at every single tiny aspect of the system. The "long timers" on this board have seen it thousands of times, so you get the occasionally sarcastic response.

    Everyone here wants to answer the questions and make people comfortable using their new systems.
  14. vodkaPT macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Yes, it's normal in every notebook. Specially if the battery is also charging.

    The first time I noticed this, very years ago, ( and was not a mac ) I also get worried and checked if was normal get so warm.
  15. curquejo macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2013
    Mac Book Air Mid 2013 charger does get really hot


    I have been reading this thread, and wanted to make a statement: if your apple product gets uncomfortably hot take it to an apple store, or call customer service.

    I took mine and they ran a diagnostic on my apple, and indeed it showed that there was some trouble with my cord. I got it replaced.

    Now the problem persists. Its still too hot. I asked an apple old timer, and his charger does not get anything close to mine. I use an apple ipad and its charger feels ok.

    I really hope apple takes care of this problem.

  16. silvershamrock, Sep 12, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2013

    silvershamrock macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2013
    Edmonton, AB
    How hot is "really hot"?

    It's normal for these devices to get warm. But they aren't supposed to get so hot that you need to use an oven mitt to pick them up. You should always be able to touch them with your bare hands, without wincing.

    If it gets hot (as in, hot enough to make you pull your hand away and yell "OWW!") then unplug it right away and DO NOT CONTINUE TO USE IT!!!! Take it back to Apple immediately.

    I had that problem with the USB to AC device on my iPhone ... first time I used it to plug my phone into the wall socket, it got so hot I literally did need to use an oven mitt to unplug it. (It was too hot to touch with bare hands.) Apple replaced it for me, and the new one gets warm but I can handle it with bare hands easily.

    And if you're in doubt, take it in and ask them to look at it. If it's fine, they'll tell you. If it's defective, your computer would still be under warranty so they'll replace the bad part.
  17. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    If it bothers you, buy a 85 watt charger, that baby oughtta have enough reserve to run cooler.

    Or if you are the happy-modder, attach a fan to that sucker.
  18. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
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  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008

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