How to fix a magsafe power adapter

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How to fix a magsafe power adapter
Make sure the power outlet that you plug your adaptor into works. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The MagSafe Power Adapter is a power cord manufactured by Apple that is used to power Apple devices. Your MagSafe Power Adapter may not function properly because your power outlet does not work, the power adaptor overheats, the pins are bent or the adaptor is dirty. Fix your power adaptor by ensuring the power outlet to which it is connected is working properly, keeping your adaptor cool, straightening the pins, cleaning the adaptor connector and cleaning the connector on your computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Toothbrush
  • Cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make sure the power outlet you plug your power adaptor into is working properly. Test the power outlet by plugging an appliance that you know works, such as a lamp or a television, into it.

  2. 2

    It is normal for the power adaptor to heat up a little during use. Disconnect your adaptor and let it cool off if it overheats. The adaptor should function correctly after it has cooled.

  3. 3

    Your MagSafe adaptor may malfunction due to the pins located in the connector getting stuck. For example, all of the pins may get stuck in a downward position. When a pin gets stuck, unplug the power adaptor from the power port and plug it back in. This makes the pins shift and set themselves again into a neutral position. If you are having trouble getting the pins to reset themselves, press them gently sideways with a non-abrasive object such as your finger.

  4. 4

    Check the power port on your Apple computer and the adaptor connector on your MagSafe for any damage, and clean them both. Clean the computer port or the power adaptor plug by taking the adaptor out of the outlet or by taking the battery out of the computer. Clean the connectors carefully using small, precise tools, such as a cotton swab or a toothbrush with soft bristles. Ensure no cotton fibres stick to the pins. Use rubbing alcohol if you want to clean the connectors thoroughly. Ensure that all connectors are completely dry before using your adaptor or computer.

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