Mod PowerBook to have MagSafe power?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by absynthetic, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. absynthetic macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Is it possible to mod a PowerBook to use the MagSafe adapter instead of the regular adapter? I'd be willing to do it myself, but I haven't found any real consensus on whether or not it's even possible.
  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    I've never seen a powerbook adapter, so I don't know what it looks like, but perhaps some variation on this would work:

    DIY Mag-safe
  3. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    Not possible, Apple redesigned the way power trickles into newer Intel laptops.
  4. GraemeBrown, Apr 2, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011

    GraemeBrown macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2011
    Powerbook G4 Magsafe adapter.

    The older power supply socket and connector have always been fragile and problematic for quite some years and I'm surprised, considering the amount of stuff available on the internet, that either Apple or some clever 3rd party person hasn't come up with an add-on solution similar to the Magsafe concept. Especially considering the number of Power PC iBooks and Powerbooks still in use today.

    I can quite visualize a small adapter attaching to the male power supply pin that will create a magnetized flat face end and the laptop would have a small semi-permanent plug inserted in the female jack resulting in reasonably flush fitting magnetized flat face end. This protrusion from the laptop casing would be only a few mms and I believe the final result would be quite workable and not too expensive to produce.


  5. Archon Gold macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2009
    Canada, Ontario
    Wont work, not even worth it.

    I'm no electrician but I'm pretty sure that the Magsafe adapter goes straight into the motherboard via a cable on some Macbooks while older powerbooks have a DC in board.
  6. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    Powerbook chargers DC output are 24.5 volts while magsafe adapters are 16.5 volts.
  7. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2009
    Definitely something to be looked into despite the electrical challenges presented.

    Why? Because Apple no longer sell non-MagSafe chargers. Fortunately I was able to source a NOS 65W for my G4 PowerBook recently, but given they generally last a year or so if you're lucky, it's not great. I keep the little transparent pin cap on when not plugged in, in a (usually) vain attempt to prevent it crapping out on me.

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