OMG my MBP power brick caught on fire

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  1. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    I was sitting here surfing the net and I started smelling smoke. I followed the strongness of the scent and look down and saw actual smoke coming from the cord on my brick.

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  2. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    First impression: OMG!
    Second impression: lol
     
  3. Cookiemonster macrumors regular

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    OMG...:eek:
    is that the new power adapter or the older one?!
    Did you contact apple?
     
  4. technicolor thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I didnt know there was a new one. This one came with my SR MBP that I bought less than 90 days ago.

    Yes I am on the phone with Apple right now, and they are BSing me telling me it will take 14 days to get a replacement.
     
  5. triddent222 macrumors regular

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    If there's an Apple Store near you, i would strongly advise you to go there and ask for a replacement. Something similar happened to mine (sans the fire), and they just gave me a new one, no questions asked. The guy was really pleasant if not sweet (might have been mere luck though).

    Btw, Have you stepped on the adapter recently?
     
  6. dcv macrumors G3

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    Holy crap, I've seen a few of these types of threads now :eek:

    Hope nothing else was damaged and that you get a replacement for it ASAP.




    This is a really good reminder for me to shut down and unplug my MBP when I go away for a few days next week...
     
  7. bijou macrumors regular

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    That's scary!

    Just out of curiosity, was that cord wound up around the prongs or was it loose? I've always wondered how safe it is to wind it up in order to shorten the length.
     
  8. technicolor thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I made a fuss about it and they said it will be here Tuesday which is fine.

    No the cord was loose, it actually never leaves that area the of the house I almost exclusively use my laptop in the same place so I leave it plugged up there along the side of the couch between a wall. Thank goodness I have a desktop. Ive moved all my files off the lappy so I can work on my desktop before it got to 0 power. The fact that I could smell it strong is what scared me the most.
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    90 days might have been just on the cusp of the changeover to the new power adapters. The new one should be smaller and have longer strain relief plastic. This, along with the Mighty Mouse scroll ball, is one of Apple's more glaring design mistakes. At least they are doing something about it.
     
  10. Quiara macrumors regular

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    . . . you. . . leave it at home? *boggle*

    J/k. I just generally wag mine with me wherever I go. My inner geek can't handle the separation. ^_^
     
  11. jarenado macrumors regular

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    wow, im just happen it didnt fry your computer let alone your home
     
  12. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    :eek: Wow that is scary especially since its not an adpater you have moved around a lot.
     
  13. Lividity macrumors newbie

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    The fraying of the power adaptor cord is a well-known issue. A lot of people who bought their MB/Ps in the last 18 months are having this (very serious) problem. Check out the reviews on the Apple online store:
    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=7E4EB91E&nplm=MA938LL/A

    Pretty horrific.

    That also explains why there is short supply. A lot of people are having them replaced. They're almost as rare as 15" MBPs at this stage. Wait time is listed as 2-3 weeks and you will be hard pressed to find a reseller that actually has them on hand.
     
  14. zepharus macrumors 6502a

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    Are you kidding? That scroll ball MAKES the MM. It is orgasmic...
     
  15. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    the functionality of the scroll ball is nice...but its quality is crap ive only had mine about a month and already had to wash the stupid little ball to get it to scroll up again
     
  16. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I might start to unplug my magsafe whenever I leave the house now. :eek: Imagine if that erupted when you were not at home.
     
  17. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    or at least set the thing on something unflameable like tile or something
     
  18. zioxide macrumors 603

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    My secondary one has been on order since Sept 9th and isn't due to ship until Oct 19th last time I checked.
     
  19. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    Ooh, heaven forbid you have to wash it :eek:



    Apples site says to wash it weekly to keep it clean. I don't look at it as a negative that it has to be kept clean. Mine has been working flawlessly because I clean it on a regular basis, while lots of people say it locks up and can't get it to work again. Lots of things need to be kept clean, it's not a negative quality.
     
  20. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

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    Simple curiosity, is the scroll ball work like and old mouse with a rubber ball ?
     
  21. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    Is this just an issue with the Macbook Pro's power brick or does this also happen to the Macbooks as well?
     
  22. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    The power brick on my 3 week old MB seems to have a longer strain relief thingy where the cord enters the power brick.....i hope i have one of the new ones !!!

    That is scary !!!!!!
     
  23. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Yes, exactly the same, so it gets clogged with crud very easily...

    Remember that rumor ages ago about adding in multi touch technology to mice, maybe that could replace the scroll ball? just have a specific area thats touch sensitive.

    Anyway back on topic, this magsafe problem is beyond out of control, it must be a stupidly high amount of these things that are breaking now, 1/5?
     
  24. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Wow! Glad to hear that nothing else happened.
     

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