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Old 02-19-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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macbook charger

My boss's macbook charger won't charge anymore, and she doesn't want to pay the $75 for a new one. So I took a look at it, and saw some wire sticking out of the insulation. I stripped the insulation off around the area and looked at the wire, and it's all just 1 coil, no separate wire insulated in the middle. So, can I just twist this up really tight and wrap some electrical tape on it to fix it?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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ask her if $75 is worth a fire in her home/office

what if you 'fix it' and it starts a fire in her home. who fixed it?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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Are they really $75?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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have you tried ebay or craigslist for a working one?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #5
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have you tried ebay or craigslist for a working one?
or monoprice.com
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #6
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You're probably right Sim. I have no idea if they really are $75, that's what she told me when she was looking for a replacement.
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The ones on Amazon and eBay are mostly counterfeit. No, it is not one wire. You are going to fry her computer or worse, start a fire.

Look on youtube for Magsafe repair. There are plenty of guides.

9/10 times Apple will give you a new charger if you go in with the busted one. It has to be less than a year old, but they don't really have any way to keep track (unless it is the very old style).

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:13 PM   #8
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make sure you know if it requires a magsafe1 plug tip or magsafe2 plugtip. The newer retina display mac pros require magsafe2 tips
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Ok after looking at the youtube vid I went back and pulled apart the outer layer of wire some more and found the inner wire. That one's insulation is still completely intact. I can't do the fix on the youtube vids tho because that would leave her with a 1.5 foot long cord lol. I guess I'll have her try to get a free replacement.
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Ok after looking at the youtube vid I went back and pulled apart the outer layer of wire some more and found the inner wire. That one's insulation is still completely intact. I can't do the fix on the youtube vids tho because that would leave her with a 1.5 foot long cord lol. I guess I'll have her try to get a free replacement.
Now that you've stripped it it probably isn't gunna happen.

Does it have the L shaped, aluminum end? Or the old white end?
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You've got a shot. But that stripped wire is going to be very hard to explain.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #13
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Lol how so? Just say I tried to fix it myself but was unable to. The insulation is cleanly cut off, it doesn't look worn or torn.
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Lol how so? Just say I tried to fix it myself but was unable to. The insulation is cleanly cut off, it doesn't look worn or torn.
That voids the warranty- just a wee bit.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:33 PM   #15
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seriously if the inner conductors jacketing is still intact just solder the braid back together and cover it with either electrical tape or shrink tubing..
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just go to genius bar and bitch about, theyll give you a new one
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Go to the Genius Bar. Make sure you make an appointment before you go. I had that happen to me. I think I read something about how you wrap up the charger and the manufacture poor insulation on the charger. Mine caught a fire once. Luckily it didn't burn down my home

http://blogs.courant.com/connecticut...ptop-char.html
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He's trying to earn brownie points/a raise/ or a date with the boss!
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I had mine replaced for free a while back. I'd try the apple store first.

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4127
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