MagSafe has burned.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fearless Leader, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    Well I posted a while ago about my MBP shocking me. Well I contacted Apple and they Said they'd send me a box and then 10 days latter I'd get my MBP back. Well the box came and my MBP stopped shocking me.

    Well over the past week my Magsafe has been hot, real hot. A small split formed and I really thought nothing of it. Well a few moments ago, I smelt burning plastic. My MBP (plugged in) started going in and out of charging, and unplugged, without me touching it. I noticed a larger hole, and melted and burnt plastic around it. Then wires came out, and a bunch of sparks. I'll post photos soon.

    edit: Photos sorry for the crapiness, isight shot.

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  2. lozanoj83 macrumors 6502a

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  3. Sopranino macrumors 6502

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    Ewww, that bites!

    Question; Is that one of the first generation of Magsafe power supplies? If it is they have issued a new one that has a stronger cable strain connector on it.

    Was your laptop affected in any way?

    Hope this is remedied for you shortly <= Pun not intended. :D

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  4. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    That Happend to me too!!!

    Loads of people complain about the magsafe adaptor on the apple online store. (two star rating both the 85w and the 60w)
     
  5. Sopranino macrumors 6502

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    Which model of MB/MBP have these problems occurred on? As I've mentioned before Apple did release a revised version of the power adaptor so I'm curious as to whether or not the problems are occurring with the new one as well.

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  6. dcv macrumors G3

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    Wow, another one of these. :eek: I think the MagSafe connector really is a piss poor design. The first thing I noticed when I plugged mine in was how flimsy the cable felt and how it was bending round a lot as the magsafe connector itself is very short compared to the old iBook/PowerBook power cable connectors. I'm assuming this is one of the earlier models but would be interesting if you could clarify. Hope your MacBook Pro is ok. Was there any other damage?
     
  7. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    I'm also interested to know what model this was...

    My brick stays reasonably cool, as does the connector, so I'm quite confident I've got a good charger. This is worrying, though, because it makes me think twice about charging my notebook while I'm asleep or out the house.

    This is the second one of these I've seen on here very recently :S

    Oh, also, how do you normally pull out the magsafe connector? Do you grab it by the cord and pull, or pull it out from the (very small!) actual plastic connector part.

    As they all seem to go in the same place I think the connection is probably being damaged when the magsafe is pulled out by the cable.
     
  8. dcv macrumors G3

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    I agree with you, as a recent MBP buyer this does concern me!

    I guess the idea is that you're supposed to pull the connector not the cable but it's such a crap design that it's easier to pull it by the cable part. The old iBook/PowerBook cylindrical shaped connectors were much easier to grab hold of.
     
  9. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Totally. I remove mine by, what's the right word, 'bending' it downwards, a bit like removing something from the Pop-Port on a Nokia mobile phone, as just pulling it 'straight out' via the plastic is almost impossible.

    I love that magsafe is nice and small, and supposedly safe from damage if someone trips on my cable. However, if the magnetism is so strong that pulling out the connector damages the cable then it hasn't come close to achieving what it was designed for!
     
  10. dcv macrumors G3

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    I didn't even think to try 'bending' it like that! :eek: oops, is that how it's supposed to work?

    Oh it's very clever but it's a shame they had to make it the shape and size that it is. If they'd kept the cylindrical shape of the old one but with this new magnetic connection it'd be a lot smarter!
     
  11. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    I totally agree. A I've said before, they need to weaken the magnet just a bit so that it's not as strong. Right now that strength defeats the intended purpose of the connector.

    POushing down on the connector is a good idea! I had always removed mine by "tilting" the connector sideways, but that was obviously quite a chore. I guess tilting downards WOULD be less awkward. :)
     
  12. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Same here - the magnetism is quite strong, so just leveraging it up or down works best.

    Of course, it doesn't help that Apple makes all the plugs (MagSafe, Mighty Mouse USB cable etc.) from glossy plastic with no undulations to give your fingers purchase - so little wonder if people are pulling them out by the cable. But hey, glossy plastic is more pretty.. :rolleyes:

    Incidentally, another MagSafe failure I've seen on an MBP - a friend's MagSafe became a "Safe" - it lost its magnetism! :p I didn't think that could happen.
     
  13. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    As Apple started phasing in the new magsafes six months ago, I'm assuming this is one of the first-gen ones. Is that right?

    Macintouch's survey of 3,000 (roughly) laptops last year had six people reporting this type of problem, which surprised them a little considering the publicity it gained.
     
  14. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Can you post pictures of the revised version?

    If it's the version I think you're talking about (and the one that's connected to my Mac right now) I have my doubts it will do anything. The "strain relief" consists of about a centimeter of an extra layer of thick plastic tubing that's uniformly stiff and doesn't give way much on its own. If anything, all it will likely do is extend the cable's break point by about 1cm.
     
  15. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Lol, I'm glad that works for you both. I don't know why I do it like that (this is my first Mac laptop) - I think it's possibly due to years of Nokia mobile phones! ;)

    I'm assuming it's absolutely fine to remove the connector this way - I can't think of any way it could be damaging, and it's certainly (relatively) easy.
     
  16. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    The one I've got is the 1st gen adaptor for the Core Duo MacBooks
     
  17. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Apple will exchange it for one of the newer ones.
     
  18. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    Really!!?? Even if it's burned or frayed?
     
  19. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Yes, because it is burned or frayed - believe it or not, Apple don't want to set fire to your notebook, house, or even you yourself :p
     
  20. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    Wow cool thanks!!
     
  21. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    And from what I've read, Apple was quietly exchanging 'new for old' magsafes if people asked even if there was no damage done (yet).

    I think the official line from Apple is that it's not covered in the warranty but in reality people have managed to get it replaced, no questions asked.
     
  22. psychofreak Retired

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    They replaced mine when I had this problem...
     
  23. munckee macrumors 65816

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    I've also found that this is the best way to remove the magsafe. It's really not difficult at all and will become a habit quickly. Grab it between your fingers and lever the plug either upward or downward. You don't even have to touch the cable and it releases easily this way.
     
  24. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    They are going to replace it, on wed I should have it. It was a first gen magsafe, hopefully my laptop still charges. And the laptop itself is a core duo made in july.
     
  25. Hobbit6003 macrumors member

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    Me too, I think it is pretty hard to grab the head of the connector to disengage it from my MBP.

    In my opinion, they should make the connector head a little bit longer, so that people like me who's got short ad stubby fingers can remove it easily.
     

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