Macbook Pro 2016: how do you wrap the charging cable?

sojers92

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I just bought the nMBP and I don't know how to wrap the cable in a propor manner.

They could leave at least the two "wings" to wrap the cable around the charger as the old magsafes

How do you do it??
 

thesaint024

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I believe that was a significant cause of failure in the old cables. Wrapping around those two wings put stress on the connection to the adapter. The new usb-c adapter is not an issue since you would typically unplug from the adapter, at least I do. I just loop the cable like any other cable and have the adapter separate. More flexibility in space constrained bags as well since you can lie these flat as opposed to the extra bulk of cable wrapped around the adapter.
 

sojers92

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I believe that was a significant cause of failure in the old cables. Wrapping around those two wings put stress on the connection to the adapter. The new usb-c adapter is not an issue since you would typically unplug from the adapter, at least I do. I just loop the cable like any other cable and have the adapter separate. More flexibility in space constrained bags as well since you can lie these flat as opposed to the extra bulk of cable wrapped around the adapter.
yeah this is for sure a good point, would have liked at the least the small clip at the end of the cable to secure the two endings when wrapped
 

BWhaler

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yeah not sure why they removed the wings
Because they were being cheap as we now have a company run by an Ops bean counter and an army of MBAs. No good product person would work at Apple today.

The Apple Watch, Tim's next generation wearables future, is run by the guy who gave us Flash—one of the worst pieces of software in the history of modern computing. I'm sure he's a nice guy and means well, but seriously, couldn't they find anyone better?

Watching Apple nowadays as a long time fan and serious corporate and personal customer is nothing short of heart-breaking. Reminds me of the fall of Sony—all hardware fetish and a complete blindspot to the face that it's the software they we actually USE.
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I believe that was a significant cause of failure in the old cables. Wrapping around those two wings put stress on the connection to the adapter. The new usb-c adapter is not an issue since you would typically unplug from the adapter, at least I do. I just loop the cable like any other cable and have the adapter separate. More flexibility in space constrained bags as well since you can lie these flat as opposed to the extra bulk of cable wrapped around the adapter.
Nonsense.
 

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I believe that was a significant cause of failure in the old cables. Wrapping around those two wings put stress on the connection to the adapter. The new usb-c adapter is not an issue since you would typically unplug from the adapter, at least I do. I just loop the cable like any other cable and have the adapter separate. More flexibility in space constrained bags as well since you can lie these flat as opposed to the extra bulk of cable wrapped around the adapter.
IMO if you wrap it like a maniac would be the only way to put any kind of stress, just leave a portion of the cable and start wrapping.
 
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sojers92

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IMO if you wrap it like a maniac would be the only way to put any kind of stress, just leave a portion of the cable and start wrapping.
also the old cables were very thin, the new type-c cable is much ticker and can handle the stress better.
 
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DeltaMac

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IMO if you wrap it like a maniac would be the only way to put any kind of stress, just leave a portion of the cable and start wrapping.
Some folks would need a lesson from you, I suppose. Not everyone is that gentle.
I have never recommended using the winder wings, as a service tech, since I first saw one, when Apple moved away from the older, round-type with a nice "yo-yo" winder to those horrible wings. I don't know how many times I took out a customer's power adapter, and unwrapped the cord from the "wings", finding a cord with kinky "corners". They tend to not last very long in that condition. I have always used a loose loop, and a rubber band to hold it all together. No "corners" there :D
 

thesaint024

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Nonsense.
Ahem. Your response was much more compelling than mine. Sometimes I wonder why I bother to engage smart people like yourself in conversation. Don't get mad at me. This is what I've read here on MR. I've never had a problem with my adapters, nor do I care that wings are gone. But I guess your Apple-is-an-idiot-company narrative makes much more sense.
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IMO if you wrap it like a maniac would be the only way to put any kind of stress, just leave a portion of the cable and start wrapping.
Like I told the smart guy here, I've never had an issue as I am reasonable in the care of my belongings. Unfortunately, a great many are not. I'm pretty sure since OP is asking how to properly do this, he also will not have problems with violent wrapping of cords and eventual failure.
 

Rkuda

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yeah not sure why they removed the wings
The included cable is thicker and longer than the old one so it probably didn't fit around tiny wings.

Maybe they don't want to encourage people to wrap the cable like that anymore?

As to the OP's question, just loop it loosely in your hand. It's just a cable.
 

BarracksSi

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As to the OP's question, just loop it loosely in your hand. It's just a cable.
+1. I'd just wrap it around my fingers like I do with my other cables, then tuck one end around through the circle a couple times to keep it secure.

Wrapping the old power cable around the "wings" wasn't hard on the connection to the brick if you didn't pull on it as you wrapped it, BUT it makes too much sense (or is so easily tempting) to pull it tight. I've got two older adapters that are still doing fine, but I can see how other people break theirs.

I'll miss MagSafe—I fully intend to get a replacement like Griffin's BreakSafe—but, on balance, I think Apple made the right choice here.
 

EndlessBuffoonery

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Because they were being cheap as we now have a company run by an Ops bean counter and an army of MBAs. No good product person would work at Apple today.

The Apple Watch, Tim's next generation wearables future, is run by the guy who gave us Flash—one of the worst pieces of software in the history of modern computing. I'm sure he's a nice guy and means well, but seriously, couldn't they find anyone better?

Watching Apple nowadays as a long time fan and serious corporate and personal customer is nothing short of heart-breaking. Reminds me of the fall of Sony—all hardware fetish and a complete blindspot to the face that it's the software they we actually USE.
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Nonsense.
They were being cheap? How is designing a new charing block instead of using the old one with wings an example of being cheap?

Do you even think before you write responses? Or do you just pick phrases from your "I hate apple" playbook and spew them indiscriminately? Wow, pathetic.
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yeah not sure why they removed the wings
Almost certainly because the cable can disconnect and people trying to wrap the cable around the wings while it's still plugged into the charging brick would put a lot of strain on the connector.
 
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BWhaler

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They were being cheap? How is designing a new charing block instead of using the old one with wings an example of being cheap?
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Almost certainly because the cable can disconnect and people trying to wrap the cable around the wings while it's still plugged into the charging brick would put a lot of strain on the connector.
Cheap because it is less expensive to manufacture, and because Apple now makes you buy the power brick and cable separately. My opinion is Apple should live to the values which made them #1 to begin with: design for the whole, elegant experience and charge a premium for it. No shortcuts.


Do you even think before you write responses? Or do you just pick phrases from your "I hate apple" playbook and spew them indiscriminately? Wow, pathetic.
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Calm down.

Getting this worked up over a company and a discussion about power bricks, and being so condescending and calling people names because you disagree with their opinion is no way to go through life.

It's cool to disagree, and I'm happy you think Apple is not being cheap.
 
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leman

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Every single MBP power adapter I have owned in last 3 years failed at some point because the cable walls broke (admittedly, the last one became the victim of one of my cats). The new USB-C cable looks much more robust, but we'll see how it holds out.
 

lobo1978

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Because they were being cheap ...
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Charging cable is now detachable for god sake - don't look for conspiracy theory or savings. Blame reason and engineering.

Don't like it? Go buy yourself crappy Dell/Asus/Shamesung.

Never ever had problems with previous power bricks - I think and care for what I use. If you keep turning cable on short leverage you will break it eventually (Youtube is full of "tutorials" for those who need it).

Apple products are reliable and sturdy but not 1diot-proof.
 
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Playfoot

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Simple answer, you don't. Or not in the way we have for the past ten years or so.

Admittedly I miss the wings, like the MagSafe, but such is life. Although, not being attached all the time has resulted, more so initially, of just grabbing the power block, without thinking or believing the cable was in my case . . . And when it came to charge, no cable.
 
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Ideally you shouldn't wrap any Apple cables because they don't feature stress relief. That's the cause of all those fraying broken Apple cables - profitable for them while they can brag about 'design'.
 

leman

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What BarracksSi does. @SoyCapitanSoyCapitan: the new cables seem much sturdier! Horrible quality of cable walls was a major frustration of mine with Apple. But I'm quite satisfied with the USB-C cables so far.
 
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What BarracksSi does. @SoyCapitanSoyCapitan: the new cables seem much sturdier! Horrible quality of cable walls was a major frustration of mine with Apple. But I'm quite satisfied with the USB-C cables so far.
So far! ;) But stress relief (the little part where manufacturers add ribbing) would make them last longer.

There's also the rubber that Apple uses which erodes away too quickly. This isn't just unfair to consumers but also those rubber particles journey into room dust, then into the trash, and then into water systems. It's impossible for those fine particles to enter back into safe recycling of plastics. Other companies use a denser rubber (standard black cables) which takes many years to breakdown and can be recycled easier.

The good thing about USB-C is that we are no longer hostage to such bad charging cables. We can use third party chargers now.
 

alphaod

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Velcro cable ties and wrap in loops that are loose. If try not to twist the cables ever.
 
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