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My MagSafe Charger / Power Supply is not working

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darkhorse85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 20, 2013 3:24 AM

I am using mid 2009 13" MacBook Pro with 85W MagSafe  . My operating system is Lion 10.7.4.

 

I heard a "click" coming from the direction of where my charger and just before and now its not working.

 

  • The light is not coming on the charger itself
  • No power is shown be coming into the computer on the Desktop toolbar either, nor does my computer that there's a charger plugged in.
  • I have tried the charger in a number of the different sockets around the apartment and still no joy
  • The transformer "block" is cold

 

Could this be a s simple as a blown fuse in the plug or something else altogether?

 

I need to fix this asap. No power = no computer. All help much appreciated.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:26 AM (in response to darkhorse85)

    Sounds as if you need to purchase a new MagSafe power adapter.

     

    Clinton

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:31 AM (in response to darkhorse85)

    There is not a fuse in the charger and there is nothing inside that is servicable.  Take a look at clicking the apple in the left corner of the menu bar, About This Mac, More Info, System Report, Hardware, Power and you will see info on the battery, charge remaining, capacity, but what does it say about Charging, and if you drop down further under AC will be info on the charger, does it show there is a charger?

     

    It probably does not show there is one from the description you gave.  I would agree with Clinton that you need to get a new charger, whether at an Apple store or the on-line store.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:52 AM (in response to darkhorse85)

    That info pretty much says the charger has failed...the battery is in good condition but with only 34% charge left you need a charger fairly soon.  Battery condition of Normal is what you want to see, and the cycle count of 507 is decent for that year MacBook.

     

    The Apple store price, in USD, for the 60 w charger is shown here: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC461LL/A/apple-60w-magsafe-power-adaptor-for- macbook-and-13-inch-macbook-pro?fnode=5a

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:52 AM (in response to darkhorse85)

    Just purchase a GENUINE Apple adapter - the third-party ones that you may find on eBay and Amazon don't seem to hold up too well. And if you've a 15" model, spring for the 85W adapter, the 60W if you've a 13".

     

    Any Apple Store or AASP should have them in stock... even Best Buy.

     

    Clinton

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)

    Not sure they have Best Buy in Liverpool, England

     

    That aside, I fully agree, and only linked to the 60w since that is what darkhorse mentioned.

  • Chamar Level 4 Level 4 (2,035 points)

    Try Amazon.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 4:05 AM (in response to Chamar)

    I actually purchased a GENUINE Apple MagSafe adapter from the Amazon UK site for my old 2006 MBP. Why real Apple adapters are so cheap in the UK? I dunno...

     

    Clinton

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)

    Closer to China so transportation charges are less???

     

    Seriously, the message to darkhorse should be clear from the three of us...be sure to get a genuine Apple charger and not a no-name charger.  It just isn't worth the risk.  We had a user during the last couple of weeks who was using a third-party charger, did some damage to the system and found out the power from the charger was really dirty and not according to spec.  A very expensive "saving" on the cost of the charger.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 2:38 PM (in response to darkhorse85)

    Testing requires a VOM - a volt-ohm meter so you can measure the resistance across the pins and from pin to tha socket at the other end...you are looking for an open circuit, infinite resistance.  As long as the resistance is close to zero, you have an electricity carrying path.

     

    Any electronics repair shop can do that measurement, some electricians have VOMs, amateur radio operators usually have them.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,610 points)

    Ralph Landry, greetings;  They now have these things called 'Multi Meters' that also measure ohms, volts, amps and some can even measure temperature.  But I have never seen one that can measure multi's.  Do you know what a multi is? 

     

    Ciao.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 4:16 PM (in response to OGELTHORPE)

    A multi is a rare unit of electricity that can be measured but only by someone with a degree in electrical engineering :-)

     

    All one is trying to do is determine whether or not there is an electrical path present...you don't even need a meter in reality.  Just a flash light bulb, a battery, and three pieces of wire.  Wrap a piece of wire, a stripped end, around the base of the light bulb and connect to one pole of the battery.  Another piece connects to the other pole of the battery and to one pin of the charger.  The third piece to the socket end of that same pin and then to the bottom of he light bulb.  If the bulb lights, there is a circuit through the charger plug piece.  Do the same moving the wires to the other pin of the charger plug block.  If you get light on both pins the fuse has not blown.  If you do not get light, the fuse has blown and you need a new plug piece with fuse assembly.

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