Recall: MacBook Pro Charger?

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  1. DisneyRicky macrumors regular

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    So I've been using my new MBP a lot lately, and last night I found out just how hot the charger can be! I went to pick it up, and it burned! The white charger thing was so hot, that holding it for a few seconds made your hand begin to tingle. Is this normal for a charger that has been plugged in for 5 days straight (hope not!)? If this isn't normal, what should I do to get a new one, and should Apple issue a recall for other people?

    Thanks!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's normal behavior. The adapters get fairly hot.
     
  3. DisneyRicky thread starter macrumors regular

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    Like hold it to your arm and get a burn mark hot? Not very safe!
     
  4. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816

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    Did you actually hold it in your arm and get burn marks? :rolleyes:

    There is 85 watts going through the tiny square. **** gets hot.
     
  5. DisneyRicky thread starter macrumors regular

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    I had a red square on my arm. My gateway charger (also 85 watts) stays cool to the touch...Never had a problem with that! It's the kind that has a power cord, transformer, then a power cord to the back of the computer.
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Yes they get really hot. It's the downside of packaging them so small. Unless it starts to discolour or melt your fine.

    Oh and the red mark on your arm.... Run a navigation app on an iPhone 3gs for an hour whilst charging from a ciggy lighter and then place it on your arm. You'll find the same result!
     
  7. DisneyRicky thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'd prefer a larger charger over something that burns me, everyday!
     
  8. gorjan macrumors 6502

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    My charger only gets warm, never hot. I've had many brands of laptops before switching, and their chargers were all at around the same temp as my MBP.
     
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  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Why are you holding your adapter in the first place? Just put it on the floor or against the wall port as intended and you won't get burned. Not sure why I had to tell you that, honestly.
     
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    lol okay so i wasn't the only one thinking that.

    i'd rather take a warm/hot charger and OS X than a cool charger and Windows. :p
     
  12. DisneyRicky thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well if you put it that way! The charger can be melting! XP
     
  13. Mirabella macrumors regular

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    My charger gets hot, but not hot enough to burn me. All modern laptop computer chargers I've seen get hot when you use the computer at all hard, regardless of maker.

    They make nice footwarmers.
     
  14. brucem91 macrumors 6502

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    Its funny that you mention footwarmers, because about a year ago, I had done something to my back while playing tennis. While in class, my back was killing me, so I used my MBPu Charger as a heat pad. Worked pretty well too. But yea, OP, that heat is normal, and normally you never touch the brick anyway while working.
     
  15. tann macrumors 68000

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    My Dell charger for my 3 and a half year old laptop gets hot too! In fact in winter I rest my feet on it to keep them warm ^^
     
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I've never had an adapter not get super hot. I don't you have an issue that warrants a recall.
     
  17. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a

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    My Apple power bricks get pretty warm.

    The only time I've had a power brick ever gotten hot enough to burn anything was the time I accidentally left my Dell m1330 charger on a duvet on my bed. It got so hot it shut off. I let it cool for a while, then it worked just fine.

    So, my question to the OP is, "Did you have it on a surface, such as a blanket, when this happened?"
     
  18. DisneyRicky thread starter macrumors regular

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    it was sitting on my couch, not on a blanket though. Right now I just have it on a tile floor, but it's still pretty warm
     
  19. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    as long as there's no damage my statement remains the same :D
     
  20. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Either you're sensitive to heat or you're just... well... yeah...

    The chargers get hot when there's a lot of current running through them. It happens with any electronic device. If you're just leaving the charger plugged in and not charging the battery or running intensive, it'll be warm but once it starts charging or drawing a lot of current it'll get hot. As long as it's not charring, it's fine. Besides, your body will feel the thing uncomfortable after 50 deg C but that doesn't mean the electronics feel the same way.
     
  21. andrew086 macrumors regular

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    don't touch it
    problem solved.
     
  22. Ramphex macrumors 6502

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    touch the exhaust manifold on your car after driving for a couple of miles and tell me if your charger is hotter than that, if it isn't then you'll be fine, if it is then we got a problem.
     

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