My charger wire has split, is it safe to tape?

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  1. OllieDS macrumors member

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    My charger wire has split, is it safe to tape?

    Hi,

    So I'm using a Macbook Pro with its original charger, I've had my Macbook Pro for about 2 years now and the charger wire has developed a split. None of the insides are poking out and if I bend it straight, the slit closes up neatly. I am aware that replacement chargers are fairly expensive so I was wondering if it would be safe to use a tiny bit of duct tape around the slit (Once its aligned) would be safe to carry on using?

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  2. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Do you have Apple Care? Take it in and they might give you a new one.
     
  3. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    I would use electrical tape and it should be fine to use. But, you may want to take it to the Apple Store. They may replace it for you.
     
  4. OllieDS thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't have Apple Care and I also live absolute miles away from an Apple Store, when you say use electrical tape, is this the same as duct tape?
     
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  6. nickali macrumors newbie

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    Electrical tape is different from duct tape.
    My then kitten chewed into the cord on my daughters charger just over two years ago. The wires were fine, just the tubing was split. I put electrical tape around that and it's still working fine (knock wood).
     
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    But will Duct Tape be ok? I googled and there doesn't seem to be much difference apart from insulation. I don't really want to wait a few days to get electrical tape and would rather it be fixed now so would it be ok to use the duct tape I have?
     
  8. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    Duct Tape will work in the meantime, but you may want some electrical tape eventually.
     
  9. OllieDS thread starter macrumors member

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    I decided to use Duct Tape in the mean time but I'll be buying a new charger probably in a few weeks.

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  10. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    There is a book entitled 1,001 uses for duct tape or something to that effect. I think we can call this use # 1,002 :D
     
  11. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    Don't use duct tape for this. Electrical tape is flexible and will stretch for tight wrapping. The best tape is 3M/Scotch. It's more expensive, but I recommend it over cheaper brands.

    When you wrap, start about an inch from one end of the slit and pull on the tape to stretch it while wrapping in a spiral with an overlap of half the tape width. Continue to about an inch beyond the slit. It would help if someone could hold the cable taught while you wrap.
     
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    This is what I linked you to. Best to pick some up when you have a chance.
     
  13. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

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    How was the kitten?
     
  14. abee macrumors newbie

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    Do not use krcs

    I have a macbook pro 2011 still under warranty. Cable had a hairline split. Sent it via KRCS to get it replaced. Apple refused and KRCS had damaged it even more in the meantime. It was like they'd taken a knife to it. They refused to apologise and now I cannot appeal as the cable looks like it was damaged on purpose. Do NOT use KRCS!! Really bad news. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER!!
     
  15. Jay1818182728 macrumors newbie

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    This happend to one of mine as well, taped it up without a problem, but the split just kept getting bigger and bigger regardless of the tape.
     
  16. spork183, Jan 24, 2013
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    Go to Radio Shack and get a package of heat shrink wire splices. Split one, wrap around your split, and tape it thoroughly. DON'T try to heat shrink it once you split it, makes a mess. If you ever end up neatly severing the charger (like say, from a reclining chair hinge, for example, random example, not that I have any experience with that...) you can feed the splice tubes on first, solder your cable back together, shift the splices over the solder, shrink, and that sucker doesn't look to bad... ;)

    Oh, yeah, use electrical tape, though duct will do in a pinch for short term.
     
  17. Mac2014 macrumors newbie

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    Try out http://www.repairsq.com

    This works way better than electrical tape and isn't sticky. Saved my charger
     
  18. newellj macrumors 601

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    And 1003 would be sealing the envelope with his homeowners insurance claim while he's in the ICU burns unit, unable to lick an envelope?
     
  19. blooperz macrumors 6502

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    Thread is over 2 years old I'm guessing he found a solution in the meantime =p.

    On a separate note, there is a recall program for macbook chargers with "stress damage" which causes them to split...It's a fairly common issue with apple cables I guess they didn't think too much into the durability of the materials they used.

    I have a late 2013 15" with apple care and the cable started splitting after less than a year. I took it in the the apple store and they wanted me to pay 80 dollars for a new one. Needless to say I showed him the post on their own website and 5 minutes later after confirming with his manager an "exception" was made for me and I walked out with a new charger at no cost. It goes without saying do your research before you go to the apple store since many of the geniuses that I've encountered are sadly misinformed.
     
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  21. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    To my understanding... (i.e., someone smarter than me may have a better understanding and the ability to provide a better/more accurate response...)

    No, average duct tape is not a substitute for electrical tape that must meet a certain standard that duct tape does not have to.
    https://www.astm.org/Standards/D3005.htm


    As we are talking about damage where only the outer jacket had sustained damage and the inner cord is NOT damaged, this is arguably less significant if you were to use duct tape as a short term repair. However, even with superficial damage to the outer cover of a cord, electrical tape is arguably much preferable over duct tape.

    However, interpretations over the appropriateness of using even electrical tape to repair superficial damage, seems to be anything but agreed upon!
    https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=22666
     
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    Was the kitten ok?
     

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