Apple are known for their well-designed products, often aesthetically pleasing, and sometimes functionally innovative as well.
The design of the MagSafe Power Adapter reveals the great deal of thought that had gone into its product development, and with its extension attachment and other features, it is quite the versatile charger as any MacBook user will tell you.
Even then, any product has a certain lifespan, and with constant use, the adapter cable is likely to give way before the lifespan end of the machine or equipment it serves.
I have owned my 13″ MacBook Pro for about 4 years now, and while the MacBook Pro still runs (very) fine, the cable that charges it isn’t.
The adapter is still running well, but the cable at the point where it emerges from the adapter had taken more strain than it could handle over the years, and started to break after the third year or so.
It wasn’t completely detached, just that the insulation had started wearing and eventually broken to bits – I had used cellophane tape to hold it together, which lasted for a good 6 months.
The time finally came when the tape could no longer hold it together, and the cable was detached enough not to carry a charge through.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED TO REPAIR MACBOOK PRO CHARGER:
MagSafe Power Adapters are easily available for purchase at the Apple Reseller Store, but I wasn’t going to give in by buying one, not if I can help it – by way of repair! Today we will look at that.
One thing is for sure – Apple did not design the MagSafe Power Adapter to be user-serviceable. It is never easy to open any or most of Apple’s products, and the MagSafe Power Adapter is one fine example. Because of that, do expect some cosmetic damage in the repair process. The extent of damage will depend mostly on your patience in trying to open the adapter.
The tools needed are given in the box on the right. The task will require about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Some of the technical know-how required for this repair work is beyond the skill of the novice.
It is highly recommended that you scroll down through the photos and work description below to gauge if this repair work is within your capability and inclination.
Once you’ve got all the tools ready, we may begin.
A. Opening the MacBook Pro Adapter
B. Rewiring the Adapter
OK, here comes the even trickier part.
“OK, now let’s take a look at the adapter side of things…”
WARNING: Step B19 above must be done with extreme care and attention to ensure that there is no electrical or conductivity contact between the two sets of wires. Any short-circuiting may result in fire, injury or irreparable damage to connected equipment upon plugging in and operation of the adapter.
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C. Closing and Sealing the Adapter
D. Testing the Repaired MacBook Pro Adapter
Congratulations – mission accomplished!
In hindsight, I should have added a polyethylene sleeve (such as tubing used in aquarium) before pulling the cable through in Step B5. This will help reinforce the cable to prevent future premature damage. A fabric tape wound around the cable guide and cable may also help to reinforce this weak point of the cable.
Alternatively, use POW and MAG Clips from MagSavior once you’ve completed the above repair work.
If your cable is not damaged yet (which is unlikely if you’ve searched and found this article), perhaps this is a good time to get one. Or, if you believe that your MagSafe Adapter is beyond economical repair, or you just don’t have the time to repair it, just buy a replacement unit outright. Please see the links below for purchase.
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