Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Do Not Throw Your Chewed Up MacBook Power Cord Away! (Apple MagSafe Power Adapter)

Date: August 10, 2012

For those of you reading this blog entry... I hope it helps you to decide to fix your own power adapter.  At first I wasn't sure, but then I realized it was something I could handle.  All I used was a pair of cutting pliers and a sharp blade to splice the wires.  Oh yeah, and duct tape too since I could not find our roll of black electrical tape.


It took me about an hour to repair... my sons MacBook / Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

I cut the ends clean, and stripped back the insulation.  

I spiced the inner wire firmly together and carefully taped it (I used duck tape), then connected (twisted) the outer "mesh" and made it the other wire.

I treated the mesh wire as one wire and the inner coated wire as the second wire and separated them from each other... pretty straight forward.

To make sure it is strong where I joined the two halves together I took the outer casing that had no wire in it and overlaid it to both sides above the taped area.  It looks a little funny, but will work for now until we buy a new one.

The macbook is charging as I type.

Just thought you might like to know it can be done.  

See the fun I had along the way taking pictures and doing some basic wire repair.

And wholla, my final step was taping it all together.

I had my son plug it into his MacBook and the wall outlet.

Another DIY complete!

RE: Apple MagSafe Power Adapter