MagSafe Magnet is strong on MBPr

kpdillon

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Jul 26, 2011
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I just upgraded from a mba to a new mbp with retina. I find that the magsafe 2 magnet is much stronger than the magnet that was on my macbook air. I thought I read previously that people were complaining about how easily the magsafe 2 comes off their mbp retinas. Mine is really solid. What are others experiencing?

thanks
 

terraphantm

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Jun 27, 2009
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It's strong magnet, but it's too easy to pull out if you tug on an angle. I think it's because you exert more torque with the same input force due to the t-shape
 

Jamesesesesess

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Nov 26, 2011
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I never just pull it out, I've found that angling it up or down and then pulling is the only easy and safe way to remove it.
 

wethackrey

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Feb 27, 2007
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Redondo Beach, California
I just upgraded from a mba to a new mbp with retina. I find that the magsafe 2 magnet is much stronger than the magnet that was on my macbook air. I thought I read previously that people were complaining about how easily the magsafe 2 comes off their mbp retinas. Mine is really solid. What are others experiencing?
I think the Magsafe 2 magnet had to be stronger since the connector is longer by a long shot than either the original T style or the more recent right angle style.

Frankly I'm not sure why it's as long as it is. The reason may be that the design takes the strain off of the cable where it had a habit of breaking at the top of the strain relief. In any case, the length is problematic. It allows the cable to apply enough force tilting the connector up that the magnetic connection is pealed apart.

I have a couch that's relatively soft so, when I'm sitting on it with the laptop on my lap, the cushion to the side of me is an inch or two higher than the top of the computer -- particularly if I have the MBPr supported by one knee and the couch. Invariably the connector gets tilted up by the cable and disconnected. Often the top of the magnet is still engaged in the connector, but the pins are no longer making contact. This didn't happen with either the previous right angle version or the original short T version.

I was a big fan of the right angle connector. For most directions you might accidentally yank the cable, it would disconnect easily, but it would never disconnect by local movement of the cable. Others have mention that they were concerned about the right angle connector because pulling it straight back it would not disconnect easily enough. One person has also mentioned that the right angle one would get caught in the hinge. I've never had that happen.

For me personally the Magsafe 2 long connector style is not an improvement. More than once I've run the battery down think it was connected when it was not.
 

rrm998

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Jun 15, 2012
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Houston, TX USA
I find it interesting that the design makes it easy to have the plug pulled by accident but difficult to do intentionally. Doesn't seem right somehow.
 

StuLax18

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Jul 21, 2010
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Dallas, TX
You guys are kidding right? Compared to the old style on my MacBook, this thing is way weaker. I knocked it out about 3 times the first time I tried to watch a TV show and had it plugged in. I also noticed you have to get it almost perfectly centered, whereas the old one snapped on when it got close.

From my experience, it seems much weaker.

Also, I did actually pull my MB off a table once when I tripped on the cable instead of it unplugging, so maybe it was just stronger.
 

noodile

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Aug 4, 2012
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10 posts and not a single "thats what she said" joke? damn you guys are mature
 

flipnap

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May 1, 2012
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defnitely flick up like a light switch, and it pops right off. ive found it much better than the last one. it snaps right on. for those that think its weaker and it pops off easily, thats because its doing its job. anytime something snags the cable thats exactly what i want it to do.
 

jonfarr

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Jun 29, 2012
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Portland
Mine comes out quite easily, but it happens when I lift the laptop, so it is probably due to the angle.