Should I still use this macbook charger?! (pics)

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    windowlicker567 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    Just noticed that this has happened
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    It still seems to charger as normal. I've had the charger for about 2 years (so I guess its not under warranty). I also don't really fancy spending £45 on a new charger unless it really is a hazard :eek:

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If it was mine, I'd replace it.
     
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  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I would also go the electrical tape route.
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I went the electrical tape route for a couple of years. It works fine like that. You could go for a cheap knockoff too, but you'll have really horrible hissing sound due to the voltage differences with headphones.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Ask yourself a very simple question: What happens if those wires fray under the tape and then meet?

    Then buy a new one instead of buying a new Mac. It's cheaper in the long run!
     
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Ask yourself a very simple question: What happens if those wires fray under the shielding in the new cable and then meet?
     
  8. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    :D Cynic!! Seriously though, the one in the picture is far more likely to fail!
     
  9. Romeo604 macrumors regular

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    electric tape like the others or get a oem replacement from third party. For example:

    http://www.dealextreme.com/p/replacement-60w-power-supply-ac-adapter-for-apple-macbook-34973?item=2

    I bought one to leave in my bag when I am on the go and bought one to replace my original charger.


     
  10. misterbig macrumors member

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    A couple of layers of electrical tape should do the trick.
     
  11. windowlicker567 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys :) I've taped it right up! Hopefully it will hold for a while
     
  12. HBP macrumors member

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    If you have Applecare, you can get it replaced for free.
     
  13. Aco Strkalj macrumors member

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    Holy hell no! Not without wrapping that thing in electrical tape.
     
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  15. s-o-teric macrumors newbie

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    Apple has a special program with chargers in which they replace and damaged or dysfunctional chargers at no cost, regardless if your mac is in warranty or not. My cord was coming apart near the power brick, I took it in and they replaced it. Same with my wife's macbook power cord that was shorting. Both of ours we're 2008 macbooks and they replaced them at no cost a couple months ago.

    Schedule an appointment at the mac store and they should replace it.
     
  16. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

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    I've never heard of that? Are you sure that this is an actual program that all apple stores follow or were you just lucky? If so, I have one of the older style 85w magsafe chargers that has a pretty hasty repair job on the cable. Obviously though, i'd rather not book an appointment, travel all the way to the store, and then get told that they won't replace it...

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    Hold on, just found apples support page with this info on at http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1713

    "Whether your product is in or out of warranty, you can take your adapter to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Retail Store for evaluation and replacement if necessary. Pending the results of the evaluation, you may or may not be eligible for a replacement adapter free of charge. Signs of accidental damage would negate any coverage. Be sure to bring in the computer used with the adapter; it is required to process potential adapter replacements."

    I think OP's picture looks a bit to accidental, than a fray caused by a manufacturing defect.
     
  17. windowlicker567 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your replies, Ill give apple a call anyway but for now here is my crappy repair! Duck tape ftw. [​IMG]
     
  18. dubels macrumors 6502

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    Do yourself a favor and use heat shrink. You can use a blowdryer to shrink it and it will be perfectly fine.
     
  19. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    At the very least get some white electrical tape.

    For what it's worth, the power cord for my G4 PowerBook has a bit of white electrical tape on it where the outer insulation cracked near the plug. It continues to work just fine.
     
  20. csthom macrumors newbie

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    My girlfriend and I have had the same thing happen to three cords so far, and my current one is showing the sheathing separating from the wire itself. We've found that they like to call this accidental damage, even though it seems to be a very common problem (I just noticed my iPod cable is doing the same thing...) The associate I last talked to said that some of their products (cables) are more fragile than others (macbook pros) and need to be handled with more care (like... not bending them?)
     
  21. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I have never had any cable fray on me and I still have a charger from a 2006 MacBook Pro along with dock connects from ever further back. So, yes, it is accidental damage, the cables should not be bent at extreme angles and should be treated with care. Just like you should not be throwing your MacBook Pro around you should not bend the cable at 90º angles.
     
  22. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    You do not use duct tape for electrical uses. That is what electrical tape is for
     
  23. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    I'd too recommend heat shrink tubing for the best fix. Electrical tape will come off over time, heat shrink tubing stays on forever (figuratively speaking).
     
  24. DeafGeek macrumors newbie

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    I have exact issue with the cord, but I just got back from apple store, they refused to replace it under applecare even I had replaced it 3 times under applecare.. The manager said tech looked at it and it is not normal wear and tear usual.. I went WTF? I had it replace 3 times almost same issue.. Any advice? I do not want to pay $80 for something I already have applecare.. I am kinda pissed that they wont even do for long time apple users.
     

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