MagSafe Magnet is strong on MBPr

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kpdillon, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. kpdillon macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    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?

  2. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    I agree. It's a little tough to yank it out. I try to lift up and out. Seem's to help.
  3. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
  4. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    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
  5. Jamesesesesess macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    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.
  6. inlinevolvo macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
  7. ajcadoo macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    I would say the retina is weaker than my old MBP. But pulling it up first definitely helps.
  8. wethackrey macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2007
    Redondo Beach, California
    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.
  9. rrm998 macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2012
    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.
  10. StuLax18 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2010
    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.
  11. noodile macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2012
    10 posts and not a single "thats what she said" joke? damn you guys are mature
  12. flipnap macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2012
    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.
  13. jonfarr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2012
    Mine comes out quite easily, but it happens when I lift the laptop, so it is probably due to the angle.
  14. flipnap macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2012
    noodile, heres your chance ...
  15. noodile macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2012

    Thats what she said.
  16. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Makes sense that it's weaker than the MBA magnet, since there is significant mass difference.

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