Everybody loves a good charger. Good chargers are especially useful when you own a premium laptop computer like the MacBook. Various brands of chargers abound, however, It is quite difficult to find any MacBook charger that beats the MagSafe in terms of quality or performance. MagSafe power adapters work by using magnets to create a connection between a MacBook and the AC power charger. This mechanism usually works flawlessly, but on some rare occasions, the adapter might be connected properly but no charge seems to pass to the computer. These issues are usually easy to resolve.

7 Useful Tips to Solve all Problems when MagSafe Won’t Charge a MacBook

These tips work for all variations of the MagSafe chargers, you need not worry about anything.

  • Make sure you are not using the wrong adapter: If you suddenly realize that your MacBook’s charger is no longer charging your laptop, it usually helps to check whether you are using the right charger. This is necessary, especially if there are multiple MacBooks in your house or you have changed chargers many times before. Make sure that the charger plugged to your MacBook is the one that came with it. This is important because you could be using a charger that has a lower voltage than what’s required by your computer, and therefore, it’s not going to charge. However, using one with a higher voltage would charge the MacBook. If you are still confused, check the adapter for the recommended wattage, then look for your model of laptop on apple support page to see whether you are using the right charger;
  • Ensure that your MagSafe cables are not too frayed or damaged: When you have used your charger for too long it naturally develops a few faults. When you begin to notice those little snags with the charging port and adapter, it is time to thoroughly inspect your charging cable for damages. You have to first check for fraying. If you see that it is severely frayed, you know it is time to get a new charger for your own safety and that of your MacBook. Another important check is to wiggle the adapter cable to see whether it would detach from the adapter head, if it does, get a new adapter instantly;
  • Check for overheating: Sometimes chargers build up a lot of heat and then shut down automatically to prevent damage to the system. This overheating phenomenon is more common in old chargers. If you feel the charger’s temperature and confirm that it has overheated, unplug it and let it cool for a while before you use it again;
  • Unplug the Adapter and Replug: If your charger suddenly stops charging after a few hours of use, check to make sure that it is not overheating. If it is not overheating, then it might be due to some electrical issues with the wires, in this case, you must unplug it and let it ‘rest’ for 60 seconds before you plug it again;
  • Check the charging port for debris: ebris tends to accumulate in the ports of any system as it increases in age. These debris can impede proper contact between the charger and the port and thus result in charging problems. If you have check the charging ports of the macbook and the head of the magsafe adapter and discover any sort of debris, you must clean it out immediately no matter how small it seems. First, you must disconnect that adapter and macbook from any power source, then you get a small brush or toothpick and clean out the debris. However, it is important to note that you must never use any metallic object when cleaning the port to prevent any sort of electrical mishap.
  • Ensure that the head of the MagSafe adapter is in good working condition: The adapter head is an indispensable part of the MagSafe charger. After checking the adapter, the cables, and the MacBook ports, one must not neglect the AC plug on the adapter head. A faulty AC plug can cause problems. If you check the plug and find out that the blades are loose, slightly curved or have dark marks on them you can be sure that it would not transmit electricity properly. You can confirm the test by substituting your AC plug with a good one if it charge your MacBook properly then that means your adapter head is faulty. In that case, little can be done short of replacing the plug. Severe problems could arise if you fail to do that.
  • System Management Control (SMC) Reset:  When all else fails and you have confirmed that your AC plug is in good condition you would have no option but to reset the SMC. You can do that by holding down the Shift, Control, Option and Power buttons at the same time for about 4 seconds, then release them together. That should reset the system and get everything fixed.
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