Is our house killing our MacBook chargers?
July 13, 2012 9:11 PM Subscribe
In the past year or so, around four MacBook chargers have basically stopped working (I've lost count as this includes a couple of old chargers from early MacBooks we had lying around), all in mysterious fashion. Generally they overheat more than I think is normal, and often they switch to the dreaded, "Not charging" status. On one of them, the rubber insulation melted completely then buckled. I am wondering whether it's just a coincidence that so many chargers have died, or if the wiring in our old house could be to blame?
posted by nosh, daven, shtup to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
The chargers that have broken down are:
* 1-2 old MacBook pre-unibody chargers
* 2 new-style MacBook unibody chargers
The newest one, which we bought maybe a month and a half ago at a Best Buy, is started to behave irregularly too. Just this evening it was getting very hot and was refusing to charge.
Many, actually most, of the sockets are not grounded. In addition, I'm fairly certain a few of them wire wired badly. When the house was inspected it was discovered that many of the "grounded" outlets were nothing of the sort. An electrician later came in and switched the non-grounded 3-prong outlets with 2-prong outlets. There is one outlet in particular that is obviously new, and was installed when grounded outlets was the norm. This was one of the faked "grounded" outlets. There's evidence that whoever rehabbed the house (and sold it to the owner before us) did a genuinely shitty job on many of the areas of the house (for example, there was an are of drywall that was just attached to one board and not framed at all).
Tomorrow I am going to the Apple Store to have them look at the newer chargers (they are a year-or-so old). I have the 3 year AppleCare warranty for my computer (but not my wife's) so I am optimistic that at least one of the chargers might be replaced.
However, I really don't want this to happen again. Is it possible that something is wrong with the wiring? How would I go about finding this out?
And what, if anything, should I tell Apple when they ask me about the two broken chargers.
When we do finally get an electrician to come in and redo all the wiring (and oh my goodness is that going to be expensive), will that help matters? Would it improve things to use the grounded extension plug with the charger rather than just plugging it directly into the wall with the 2-prong plug?