No one is alone here with MagSafe issues. Apple recently announced a MagSafe replacement program (US only) for which I’m quite sure I’m a good candidate (I see some insulating wire); the strain relief on the head of the magnetic adapter simply isn’t up to snuff, which forced a redesign a couple of years ago (along with the requisite California Class Action fire hazard lawsuit). All of this is to say, if you can see wires sticking out of your MagSafe, the strain relief “issue” qualifies under warranty for replacement.
But what about the ‘ole “MagSafe won’t charge battery” issue? Well, as it turns out this could be related to the pins in the magnetic tip, or it could be the “System Management Controller” on your laptop. This is the exact wording of the Apple Support Document for resetting the SMC on a laptop with removable battery:
- Shut down the computer.
- Disconnect the MagSafe power adapter from the computer, if it’s connected.
- Remove the battery.
- Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
- Release the power button.
- Reconnect the battery and MagSafe power adapter.
- Press the power button to turn on the computer.
Ah, but if only it were so simple. I recently watched this video on YouTube:
What Kris tells us, with one critical difference from the official Apple support document, is that after pulling the battery he reconnects the MagSafe, waits five seconds, and then re-installs the battery. I did this tonight with my 1st generation MacBook Pro and it solved the charging issue immediately, which makes me think that this is indeed the correct order. YMMV. Godspeed.