What would happen if my 10 month baby chewed the end of my magsafe charger?

SnapperUK

macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 25, 2007
81
9
London
We have several magsafe chargers constantly plugged in around the apartment, in case we need to use a laptop anywhere, we can always plug straight in rather than moving the chargers.
We also have an increasingly mobile and curious 10 month old baby who is putting almost everything in her mouth. Would she get a nasty shock is she stuck the live end of the charger in her mouth?
Before anyone calls the child protection agency, please bare in mind this is a hypothetical. If it had actually happen I think I would probably already know the answer.
And yes making sure they are all unplugged and switched off would be the obvious thing to do.
 

eawmp1

macrumors 601
Feb 19, 2008
4,130
5
FL
Any power cord/cable + chewing child = potential for damage to cord and/or child.
 

crazyrog17

macrumors regular
Jan 13, 2009
193
0
Michigan
Honestly, I've licked mine and nothing happened.

I assume there's a sensing circuit that detects the draw before the charger is turned on.

I'm not sure if she chewed on it for a prolonged amount of time if the charger would turn on, but serousily, just have them unplugged or turned off.

Here's an instructable (built around phone chargers) that makes it simple to switch them on and off. Essentially, it's a ceiling fan or lamp pull switch connected to an extention cord. When the pull switch is attatched (with knots) to the (MagSafe) charger's cord, you can give it a gentle tug to turn on on and off.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Save-Electricity-Switched-Charger/
 

Samuriajackon

macrumors 6502
Feb 9, 2009
304
1
I love how everyone assured you that the power adapter would be fine. Were you worried about the Baby?:rolleyes:
 

Ka Ora!

macrumors regular
Jan 23, 2009
154
0
I have heard that Chuck Norris has a chew on a Magsafe before he starts any day.

Time to put them out the way, Convenience is one thing responsibility is another. She might not get an electrical shock but she could choke in any number of ways with one. One of the responsibilities of being a parent is removing all those hazards at a babies height. Get some socket covers whilst your at it.
 

mscriv

macrumors 601
Aug 14, 2008
4,911
586
Dallas, Texas
Sorry man, when you have a child convenience takes a back seat to safety. I know it can be frustrating, but that's just how it is. I hate having to pry those socket protectors out when I need to plug up a computer or run the vacuum and I don't like having every cabinet door in my home child locked either. But, I love my children and their health and well being is what's most important.
 

pooky

macrumors 6502
Jun 2, 2003
356
1
I think most likely nothing would happen; someone mentioned a charging circuit to prevent this sort of thing (or other charging irregularities that might potentially damage a $2000+ computer).

That being said, do you really want to risk it? That power adapter puts out 12V+ DC. If your baby managed to create a circuit, particularly through the mouth/tongue, that voltage could easily provide a few hundred mA, which would be very painful at least, potentially fatal.

Would you put jumper cables attached to a live car battery in your mouth? Didn't think so.
 

mreg376

macrumors 65816
Mar 23, 2008
1,120
309
Brooklyn, NY
We have several magsafe chargers constantly plugged in around the apartment, in case we need to use a laptop anywhere, we can always plug straight in rather than moving the chargers.
We also have an increasingly mobile and curious 10 month old baby who is putting almost everything in her mouth. Would she get a nasty shock is she stuck the live end of the charger in her mouth?
Before anyone calls the child protection agency, please bare in mind this is a hypothetical. If it had actually happen I think I would probably already know the answer.
And yes making sure they are all unplugged and switched off would be the obvious thing to do.
You're going to let your kid be electrocuted because some schmuck on this board says it's safe? You know "the obvious thing to do," so do it.
 

phrint

macrumors 6502
Feb 8, 2006
445
0
Ohio
You're going to let your kid be electrocuted because some schmuck on this board says it's safe? You know "the obvious thing to do," so do it.
This.

You should also get outlet protectors and seal them up when not in use. My daughter is 17 months. She gets into everything. It's only going to get worse. Priority should be with your child and not with your tech.
 

sycho

macrumors 6502a
Oct 7, 2006
865
1
Would you put jumper cables attached to a live car battery in your mouth? Didn't think so.
I don't know how big your mouth is, but I most certainly can not fit one end of a jumper cable in my mouth, never mind two.
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
27,345
12,408
Let's not get all crazy here people. It's not like the kid would do it more than once. ;)
 

iShater

macrumors 604
Aug 13, 2002
6,967
370
Chicagoland
If you already know your kid is going to be in those areas, get the thing out and block those outlets.

The area where your kids is crawling where you might not have an eye on them all the time should be as safe as you can get it.
 

dwsolberg

macrumors 6502a
Dec 17, 2003
672
404
This is an odd thread, especially because the person seems to be serious.

If your child is chewing on a wire attached to an electrical outlet, there is a possibly that he or she will be electrocuted. It may not happen, but you're always going to be taking a chance. This is true for any wire that's directly or indirectly attached to an electrical outlet.
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
27,345
12,408
If your Mac is less than 90 days old or if you have AppleCare, call Apple and ask them. I bet the reps could all use a good laugh on a Friday. :p
 

iThinkergoiMac

macrumors 68030
Jan 20, 2010
2,666
3
Terra
Are your laptop batteries so bad that you have to have power adaptors all over the place? Put one (or 1 for however many laptops you have) out of the way of the baby where you can charge it and leave it at that. Honestly, I find it more convenient to just take my laptop and sit down without having to worry about plugging it in.

This is a strange question. One would think that, if you were worried about this, you would first unplug them all and then ask the question, not the other way around. That's a life you have wandering around your apt... much more valuable than a $80 (or whatever it is) power cord.

Rule of thumb: if you are at all worried about something posing a danger to your child, remove it first and then ask questions.