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Charging port burnt out, is there an inexpensive way to replace it?

The port for the charger in my MacBook is all burnt out, we've tried cleaning it (toothbrush and alcohol) and getting new chargers (60W). It's been dead for about a year now, and I've decided I finally want to fix it. Is there an inexpensive way to replace it without having to solder or do anything complex?

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Luckily for you, the MagSafe connector is independent from the motherboard on all three versions of the MacBook. If you have the first generation Non-Unibody MacBook, you can use this guide for Core Duo Models or this guide for Core 2 Duo models. If you have an aluminum unibody MacBook, you can use this guide, and if you have the plastic unibody MacBook (the last model), you can use this guide. You'll need to make sure that you buy the correct replacement part for whichever laptop you have, they're pretty cheap. If you tell me your MacBook's model number, I can help you find the correct part and guide to use for it. Good luck!

MacBook Core Duo MagSafe Board Image

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MacBook Core Duo MagSafe Board Replacement

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Moderate

MacBook Core 2 Duo Magsafe Board Image

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MacBook Core 2 Duo Magsafe Board Replacement

Difficulty:

Moderate

30 minutes - 2 hours

MacBook Unibody Model A1278 DC-In Board Image

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MacBook Unibody Model A1278 DC-In Board Replacement

Difficulty:

Difficult

MacBook Unibody Model A1342 MagSafe Board Image

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MacBook Unibody Model A1342 MagSafe Board Replacement

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Moderate

10 - 30 minutes

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I checked the model, and it's an A1342. We're going to take a look at the guide you supplied, if we need any help then we'll ask!

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Just a quick note think chris green has answered this question brilliantly and shows images on what to do which helps novices like me. Thankyou

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That happened to my MacBook, I went to Apple Store and it was only $13.00 canadian dollars to fix... and they give you a discount on the charger if you bring your old one, and it cost me only $60.00 when its usually 100, also they discounted the Hardware Repair Labor which is an other 40

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Gee, have you figured out why they are so nice to you? Think they would give an old man the same discounts? Yes there is discrimination in this world, sometimes it's the reverse of what you think it is.

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Oh that's lucky for you. I have the same problem and yes the bit is 13.00 but they've quoted me 109.00 Cdn for labour! :(

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I'm no computer expert, and may be wrong here, but having had the 'burning-out' problem myself I suspect I at least know the reason, and therefore the remedy, provided you catch the problem early enough.

The 'male' part of the MagSafe port, or the end which plugs into the computer has five metal contacts. These each have a tiny spring under them to ensure a contact is made. If, for any reason, these become stuck, the contact may not reach its corresponding female part in the computer, causing it to fail to connect, or to arc, and it will be this arc-ing which causes the burning. If the contacts in your computer are not beyond redemption, they can be scraped clean (I used a jewellers screwdriver) and a new charging lead purchased. In my case I managed to free-up the two stuck male pins, but suspect this will be a temporary fix. I'll keep checking my new lead when I get it!

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@wordssmith100 - Frank, often the cords are damaged on the MagSafe charger which shorts out the sensor line. If the cord is damaged in any way bumps, frayed or outer jacket cut best to replace the charger and if the pins are melted or damaged that too! If you don't you could also damage the logic board in your MacBook or MacBook Pro

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I have the same problem. My charging port is burn. I bought a new charger and after a month or two it stopped working. I have the 13 inch early 2011 macbook pro. Can you help me with the replacement I have to buy and the guide I have to follow. Thanks in advance.

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First review this Apple T/N Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters and OEM MagSafe Chargers vs Cheap Imposters: Teardown for Truth. Here's a view on what these fakes are so bad for your system Lacking safety features, cheap MacBook chargers create big sparks The sparks mess up the MagSafe contacts.

Here's the IFIXIT guide you'll need to follow: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 MagSafe DC-In Board Replacement and the needed part MacBook Pro Unibody 13" and 15" MagSafe DC-In Board

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Help! I don't know which guide to use my Mac been off for awhile now also every thing under the Mac is worn out and the only other # that is actually written on there reads MacBook "Core Duo" 2.0 13" (White)

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First review this Apple T/N Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters and OEM MagSafe Chargers vs Cheap Imposters: Teardown for Truth. Here's a view on what these fakes are so bad for your system Lacking safety features, cheap MacBook chargers create big sparks The sparks mess up the MagSafe contacts

Here's the needed IFIXIT guide MacBook Core 2 Duo Magsafe Board Replacement and here's the needed part MacBook MagSafe DC-In Board

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Hi,

I’m also a bit confused as to which guide to use. No guide looks like the system I have. Mine is a MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13" Mid-2010.

Can you to please suggest the correct guide and part no.

I would be grateful. Thank you.

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First review this Apple T/N Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters and OEM MagSafe Chargers vs Cheap Imposters: Teardown for Truth. Here's a view on what these fakes are so bad for your system Lacking safety features, cheap MacBook chargers create big sparks The sparks mess up the MagSafe contacts.

Here's the needed IFIXIT guide MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 DC-In Board Replacement and the needed part MacBook Pro Unibody 13" and 15" MagSafe DC-In Board

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My charging port is burned as well, I have an 2011 11" Macbook Air (model: A1370) Which part and guide do I need? Or should I take it into an Apple store to get it fixed?

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Hello,

I think I have the same problem, I took my mac to an apple store and they told me that it could be the charging port or the motherboard and that they did not have parts to repair because it is an older model.

My machine was very good and one day I ran out of battery and then it did not start any more, do you think that this will be the problem? Which pin should I buy, my machine is model MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 11" (Mid-2011)

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I have a MacBook Air model A1370 and one day the charger stopped working. The charger would charge but was very touchy, like if you moved it it wouldn’t work. Then I also noticed that it would heat up and get hot on the charging head of the charger. Then it stopped working. I checked the charging head apparatus on the charger and it was burned across the pins, totally shot but my charging port looks good. I am wondering if I have to just buy another charger or if I have to replace the whole charging port? Thanks in advance for your reply this column is great.

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First review this Apple T/N Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters and OEM MagSafe Chargers vs Cheap Imposters: Teardown for Truth. Here's a view on what these fakes are so bad for your system Lacking safety features, cheap MacBook chargers create big sparks The sparks mess up the MagSafe contacts.

Here's the needed IFIXIT guide MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement and here's the needed part MacBook Air 11" (Mid 2011) I/O Board

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Hey, if anyone is still watching this feed... I have a late 2008 "15 MacBook Pro in need of a new MagSafe Charger Port. Can anyone point me in the direction of the specific part number I need? Thank you!

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By using silver polish and a Q tip. One can clean and polish the port contact nodes which result in the removal of oxidized metal particles.

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Hi! I have a MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015). This same thing has happened and I need some help. Where can I get the right part to repair it?

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Is there a guide for a MacBook A1502 EMC 2875 from 2014? Retina display. I think the fellow that mentioned the springs in the mag safe adapter failing is correct at least in terms of the cause of my issue. I've been able to get it to power up but the arcing caused by the poor connection has scarred some of the ports.

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First review this Apple T/N Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters and OEM MagSafe Chargers vs Cheap Imposters: Teardown for Truth. Here's a view on what these fakes are so bad for your system Lacking safety features, cheap MacBook chargers create big sparks The sparks mess up the MagSafe contacts.

Here's the IFIXIT guide MacBook Air 13" Early 2015 I/O Board Replacement and here's the needed part MacBook Air 13" (Mid 2013-2017) I/O Board

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