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MagSafe 2 is weak

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  • pbutterworth Calculating status...
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    May 9, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to fyman)

    So I have an Air with a MagSafe 2 that I purchased when they first came out, and it's very loose.

     

    My wife has a new one from a month back, and the magnets in that are much stronger. So either they vary from adaoter to adapter or they have fixed this.

     

    I guess a trip to the store is required.

     

    Paul

  • satswami Calculating status...
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:05 AM (in response to akvadrako)

    Has anyone found this issue resolved? Or is this MagSafe-2 problem still there even on the June 2013 release of 13' MBA? It was really annoying when someone keeps it over the lap and try to use with charger connected, definitely that connector goes away from the Notebook. Really annoying.. Any latest feedback would help...?

  • Steve Tinter Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 8:28 AM (in response to satswami)

    It is still there and still crap. Apple should do something about it. The new connector ***** like a Hoover.

  • pbutterworth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 8:52 AM (in response to satswami)

    Apple replaced my power supply, and the newer ones are much better.

     

    Apparently they upgraded the magnets in the MagSafe plugs in Oct 2012, so all new ones should be much stronger.

  • craigiri Calculating status...
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    Jul 1, 2013 2:04 PM (in response to akvadrako)

    No doubt my MBA 13" mid-2012 has the magsafe problem of falling out too easily. I have to constantly be watching it. The slightest movement knocks it out.

     

    This was not true with the right angle magsafe. I really wonder how this design got though Apples's engineering department. It's quite obvious.

     

    For those looking for a quick fix, here's an idea. Grab an old USB cable and cut off about 2" of wire and the flat end connector. Plug it into the USB connector and use some electrical tape to bind it to the power cord. This should strengthen up the connection...

     

    It might be a good idea to make certain that the USB wires are not shorted....

  • MikeHudson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 30, 2013 4:21 AM (in response to akvadrako)

    I have a new MacBook Air from July 2013. The magnet seems strong enough, but the connecter does not seem to make a good connection with the socket. So while the MagSafe 2 stays in, the green (or orange) light is not always on. For example, I can brush it with my hand and it goes off ... then sometimes it comes back on but sometimes it stays off! The second scenario is bad because you are then draining battery power without noticing it.

     

    Curious if anyone else has noticed this as well?

  • MacGoo Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2013 3:23 PM (in response to akvadrako)

    Check out Snuglet, it's a kickstarter project that solves the issue:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/snuglet/snuglet-keeps-your-macbook-power-cab le-connected

     

    Works great!

  • applesosvk Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2013 3:37 PM (in response to akvadrako)

    Just bought a new MB Air and it seems that the magnet on the MB is not as strong as on Pro's. Looking for solutions.

  • applesosvk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 3:40 PM (in response to MacGoo)

    Great solution!

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,785 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to applesosvk)

    its designed that way to keep people from yanking their Macs OFF a table when tripping over the cord.

     

     

    I collect Neodymium magnets (yeah).    The new magsafe adapter is not only a diff design to keep the "yanks" from happening but they dropped the Neodymium Iron Boron (neo magnet) gauss rating.

     

    older Neo was a N45 as i recall

     

    new Neodymium on the magsafe is a N35 or N32

     

    higher N gauss rating means stronger neodymium.

     

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,785 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 3:49 PM (in response to MacGoo)

       Check out Snuglet

     

     

    that product is a BAD idea for several reasons.

     

     

    Teams of engineers at Apple designed the newer mag connector this way for good reasons.

  • applesosvk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 4:08 PM (in response to PlotinusVeritas)

    I've never ever yanked any cords in my life. If the cord is used properly, then there's no reson for it to be so weakly attached. Snuglet still allows you to pull the plug out, but at the same time it keeps it in if you push on if from top or bottom.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,785 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 4:14 PM (in response to applesosvk)

       I've never ever yanked any cords in my life. If the cord is used properly, then there's no reson for it to be so weakly attached.

     

     

    All that implies is that youre safer than the average Joe.

     

    Other folks have dogs and little rug rats and teenager tripping over things.

     

     

    Apple didnt redesign the connector and LOWER neodymium gauss rating for YOU but for everyone else (50%?  60%?) that has either a child, or critter, or co-worker than has or could easily yank a cord to the floor.

     

    Also ive PERSONALLY seen coffee shop users get their Macs yanked onto the floor cause some goof was walking by and dripped on the cord.

     

     

    There are 2 changes, connector geometry and lowered gauss rating on the neodymium.

     

     

    Snuglet DOES what the magsafe was designed to AVOID........keep ahold of your macbook so tight (especially the low weight Air) to the point that you can EASILY do a fast yank and drop your mac onto the floor and destroy it.

  • applesosvk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 4:23 PM (in response to PlotinusVeritas)

    I will repeat myself, snuglett does not add any more tension to the magnet, it only avoids vertical movement. This forum clearly shows more concerned people than just me. In addition, other Airs (same model in the store) have stronger connection. Besides, if you go to a public place with it, you can always take snuglett off the plug. In the mean time, the cable always falls off when I put MB Air on my lap.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,785 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 4:29 PM (in response to applesosvk)

    that device has 3 design flaws.

     

    it removes the vertical play necessary to allow a fulcrum action removal of the connector.

     

    It you get your cord yanked hard, it will rip the neodymium off the end of your charging cable, which is ONLY there via plastic and epoxy.

     

    Neodymium Iron Boron magnets are CERAMIC......meaning when you bind them, THEY CRACK

     

     

    As someone that owns 1000s of huge and oddball neodymium magnets, I know how they work, break, crack, and fail.

     

     

    There is ALSO a false statement in that video, it says it "enhances the strength of the magnetic connection"

     

    thats a completely false statement, the N gauss rating of the magnet cannot be changed by adding a steel ring.

     

     

     

    You 'repeated yourself', but didnt prove your position

     

     

    Peace

     

     

     

    In the mean time, the cable always falls off when I put MB Air on my lap.

     

     

    Thats why Apples calls all macbooks NOTEBOOKS, and not LAPtops.  

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