New "L" style magsafe adapter VERY hot

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by abarron87, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. abarron87, Jun 14, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011

    abarron87 macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    Hi there, today I was forced into a corner (figuratively) as I had no choice but to buy a new power adapter for my 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook (think it's 2007) because my old "T" style power adapter had gone kaput.

    I didn't want to shell out £50 on a new one but I needed to get on, so I went for it. So I've been using it for a couple of hours and it is extremely hot, I perhaps wouldn't have noticed so soon if i hadn't read the negative reviews on the apple store's website (it only has 2 stars), but looking at the transformer on the adapter, the only difference i can really see is that instead of it being Samsung (like the old one) it is Delta?

    Question is, is it worth seeking a refund (how likely is it I will get £50 back within 14 days?) and ordering a new T-style one from amazon or ebay? Or is this heat nothing to worry about? Even the magsafe head itself is now metal and this is getting hot. I can't believe Apple have the audacity to sell something for so much money and it get such low reviews (but it seems at the moment it deserves them).

    Rant over. I'd appreciate any answers/opinions.

    UPDATE: Since reaching 100%, it has cooled down massively, thank goodness.
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    which macbook do you have, 13" or 15/17"
    there are 2 power adapters, both the same price (at least in the US store) but different wattages, 60 or 85 watts.

    the 60 is only for the 13"
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's perfectly normal for the MagSafe adapter to get hot while charging. There's nothing wrong with it.
  4. fxapple macrumors newbie


    Apr 2, 2010
    I have a 15" PowerBook from 2009 that I have hooked up most of the time and in sleep mode when not in use. The connector has always been hot and I have not had any issues.
  5. who? macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2008
    I have the early 2010 MacBook Pro with original Magsafe charger, my tip is now getting so hot that to touch it burns the skin (I'm talking pan cooking eggs hot here). I'm bringing mine in for a replacement since my MacBook Pro 1 year warranty expires in two days and I bet they'll replace it- do you guys think they will?

    Edit: To be clear, touching it with my finger WILL create a blister at this point. I need to remove it with a cloth or similar.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, it's normal that it gets hot enough to burn your finger during charging. There's nothing wrong with it.
  7. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    My MBAir Magsafe charger gets SUPER hot, but it's been that way since new and it's normal. I never really touch to tip anyway, just grab the cable and pull it away from the laptop.
  8. who? macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Last night I found out it only charged my computer when the cable was at the right angle (possibly related the heat issues somehow?).

    Anyways, the genius at the Apple Store just replaced it when I could show it doesn't charge from the front (only the brick/magsafe cable part). The new one doesn't get any warmer than the computer, so the rest of you might want to have them take a look. Just thought I'd let you know :) $61 item for free = yay! \o/
  9. aleluacom macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2016
    MagSafe is hot. This problem is widespread. Everyone talks about it but no concrete explanation for this to occur or reason.

    I wish someone determine the reason for the problem and finding a solution broken down.
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's not a problem. As previously stated, it's normal for a MagSafe plug to get hot during charging. Just like it's normal for your Mac to get hot under heavy workloads. Just because it's hot doesn't indicate that there's a problem.

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