MagSafe DIY Cable Protector

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  1. Kuray macrumors regular

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    I don't know how to explain this but I believe it should be called protector.

    As you know most of MagSafe adapters fry because of strain relief issues.
    Luckily, mine cable was replaced by AppleCare.
    I don't want to get same thing.

    Is there anything we can do for protect the cable?
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

    Shrink

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    Possibly....

    ;)
     

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  3. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    yep! when all all else fails - Duct tape.....
     
  4. thebrick macrumors regular

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    B..but.. that's not the "duck" but Scotch. :confused:

    This is...
     

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  5. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Sugru

    Also, for what it's worth, these cables fail because the strain relief also carries the negative signal, so when the strain relief fails from metal fatigue, the negative wire is no longer completing the circuit and it no longer works.
     
  6. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Leave the base end sticking out when you wrap it? Either that or just wad the damn thing up when storing it. I'd show a pic but I'm too lazy.

    Seriously... just knowing it's prone to fraying should make you more careful.
     
  7. Kuray thread starter macrumors regular

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    I use duct tape for the already damaged cables.

    After a short use they were too bad as compared to first condition

    [​IMG]

    I use duct tape to cover First and Second cable in picture. They were used by my mother.
    Hopefully, they replaced the Third cable which I use personally.


    The duct tape which I used melted cable and let cable become worse.
     
  8. themumu macrumors 6502a

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    LOL, the story of my life. I have 5 power cables at home, shared between 2 laptops, and all but one exhibit this nasty behaviour. Ironically, the one that does not is the gen 1 magsafe adapter, like the rightmost one in the photo. Apple replaced them for me quite a few times while warranty was still valid, but it's out now.

    I too found that sticky tape of any kind results in a bigger mess than I started with within a short period of time. Now I just try to be gentle with them but don't attempt to fix them.

    I would maybe consider heat-shrink tubing, at least on magsafe 2 type adapters, but cannot seem to find my way to the hardware store to get it.
     
  9. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    You don't need duct tape. You need an exterminator for rats. :eek:
     

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