magsafe for mba is it safe?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by liynus, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. liynus macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2004
    hi all,

    with this new macbook air, i feel like the new magsafe adapter is unsafe. first the L shape is annoying. i actually liked the square adapter on my old macbook pro better it doesn't block a usb port depending on how it is placed.

    also i feel it is hard to align the connector. with the old adaptor i would know whether it was connected or not. with the new one on the mba, i have to wait to look for the light to flash. sometimes the adapter looks all the way in and it is not, this happens about 30% of the time.

    finally and the point of this thread. since the mba is very light weight. i feel that the magsafe adapter actually has enough pull that if you tripped over the wire your macbook air would go flying. it's make me a lot more paranoid. due to the weight of the macbook pro this wasn't an issue.

    do you think apple needs to make a "less sticky" magsafe for the mba? i'm on a 13" so i can't even imagine what it is like for a 11"

    (this also bothers me because it speaks to apple's recent lack of quality. i don't know if it's because the mbp has gone through so many generations that all the kinks have been ironed out, but for a 3rd gen product the mba still feels like a 1st gen)
  2. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    Magsafe has been used for years and is very safe. In fact, i have tripped over my cord once and it broke away from the laptop without pulling it off the table. I would say that Apple got this one right.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    It still beats the crap out of a barrel plug that is guaranteed to pull a computer off a surface unless you pull it exactly straight out
  4. Neurobit macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2009
    United States
    Not sure what "recent lack of quality" issues you are referring to
    Everything on the MBA oozes quality, it performs like a dream and it's wicked fast.

    Also, If you plug the connector in correctly (with the cord facing back), you will not be covering any ports.

    IMO regarding old vs new, I like the new design better than the old one, it's out of the way and I hardly know it's there.

  5. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Yes, what the heck was Apple thinking in expecting me to understand that a little lit LED meant it was charging or connected. It's also way too much work for me to remember to point the L shaped plug so that it points to the back of the machine so as not to block a port.

    I also am outraged that the plug can't be self aware and unplug itself BEFORE somebody trips on the cable. Last time somebody tripped on the cable, my MBA actually launched off of my table which was of course covered in ice as that's how we all should work to keep the badly designed MBA from overheating and combusting.
  6. cjgonzales1900 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    haha I was thinking the same thing reading this post. I mean like is there something better than a MagSafe for charging computers now days. Even if your air would be pulled off the table (Which I highly doubt) you sure must have pulled it pretty hard. All in all the MagSafe is way better than any other computer charger and I work at a computer shop I have never heard of someone breaking their Macs by someone tripping on the MagSafe LMAO!! lol
  7. liynus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2004
    wow i'm surprised about the response to this post.

    i guess i'm the only one that feels this way. on my old macbook pro i had no complaints, the magsafe worked great. i tripped over it multiple times and it pulled away and my mbp was safe.

    i'm just saying for the mba, i've pulled the cord and it doesn't give way as easily because of the weight. it literally can tug the whole laptop. do others feel the same way? i just don't feel as safe tripping over it. perhaps i should just do my own side by side comparison with some pillow cushions all over the floor.

    also yes, it does bother me that the mag adapter covers the usb port. i mean, com'on! don't tell me you have never plugged it in the wrong way and covered up the port. i've owned tons of apple products over the years, they were not all great. but a lot of them became great with refinements over the years.

    the mba air is great in a lot of respects. great size, fast (though i wish they would let you get 8gb of ram), great screen. but it's still not perfect.
  8. mariotr87 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    If it's not perfect, it's almost perfect, but anyway, that's not the reason why it is not. As others, I've tripped over my air's magsafe cable a couple of times and it plugged off itself instantly. Just wait for you to have an "accident" and you'll see it for yourself.:rolleyes:
    You're just complaining about feelings, not facts.
  9. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I've never had a problem with either type, the old or the new. Personally I like the MagSafe just for it's clean appearance and functionality. But I've used laptops for so long that being careful with the cord is just second nature.

    It's not rocket science, just good common sense.
  10. geekygeek macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2011
    I never had a problem my 13" air tripping over the cord. I say the L shape magsafe isn't the best design because it is like a fish hook and if you pull the wire directly behind or in front of the magsafe, it will "hook" your computer and pull it along with it. But again if you're walking past it you're not pulling it straight you're pulling to horizontally .
  11. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    Are you kidding? You can't see that you are putting it on the wrong way when you attach it? Under the odd chance that you didn't notice the flipping cable going the wrong way, then when you went to insert a USB cable into the now blocked port, ummmm... couldn't you just flip the magsafe cable around the other way? I'm guessing if you did this a time or two, you'd eventually learn to connect the magsafe connecter with the cable going out the back.

    Maybe they should put a big sticker on the top of the MacBook Air with bold red letters (WARNING: Make sure your magsafe cable is point out the back or you will block the USB port) and a little picture depicting the way the cable should be oriented. It would be like those stickers they put on ladders that say not to stand on the top step or you may fall off.
  12. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Lots of emotion over this. I don't like the new design either, but it's not a problem for me.
  13. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    My dog yanks the cord out of my Air all the time, and it has yet to all go flying off the table to its doom. It's fine :)
  14. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2011
    Anchorage, Alaska
    My idiot friend yanks my magsafe cord out every single time he walks by and my MBA has yet to be pulled off of any surface.
  15. Aras87 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2011
    You are not very smart are you ?

    if it bothers you that meg safe covers the usb port then just insert it the other way for gods sake what is the problem here ?
  16. ecib macrumors regular


    Jan 4, 2011
    The adapter's connector snaps in without covering the port, as you know. It is bi-directional, and can plug in either way.
  17. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    If it annoys you that the MagSafe plug blocks the USB port on your MacBook Air .... simply take your Air and AC adapter down to your Apple Store, and I am sure that they will be able to fix the problem for you. :)

    They probably won't even charge you since it is under Apple Care for the first year.
  18. daonesteven macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    this preference is entirely conditional based on how you like to orient your computer with respect to the direction where the ac adapter cord is located
  19. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    maybe it's designed that way for a reason, i.e. the longer lever arm causes it to disengage more easily when the cord is pulled (longer arm = more torque), which is needed because of the Air's lighter weight.
  20. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    magsafe saved my 2000 $ laptop yesterday.. cord was draped for table to outlet, family member kept walking, they did not trip, the chord detached.
  21. ThomasBoss macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    The magsafe does work if you trip over it...I cannot tell you how many times I have accidentally disconnected the charger with just my hand, I imagine it'd definitely work if you tripped over it.....
    besides, if it didn't work for some reason, I would think Apple would repair it since their product did not work.

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