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Solid cable at a reasonable price. Could use some documentation.
on June 26, 2014
Prior install/replacement issues will most likely occur as the Apple power adapater is not designed to easily come apart. You need to put the power adapter in vice grips with just a little slack that you can separate the the plastic. Then take strong needle nose pliers and use all your strength to break the plastic apart at the cable wrapping hinge part of the adpater (you use your strength to OPEN the pliers at point). If this is confusing, check YouTube visual details on this method. You can also expect to have an ugly power adapter after replacing your MagSafe wire.
The cable quality seems to be fine. An untrained eye I believe would not be able to notice a difference at all. My only complaint is that mine did not come with any instructions. I was prepared for this but what I did not expect was to have 2 different colored internal wires. My original cable had a white and black and this replacement cable had a red and black. I went ahead and desoldered the original and was nervous about crossing the ground and 16v wires on the new cable and my adapter.
Grabbed my multimeter with continuity buzzer and put one end on the RED internal cable and the other end on each pin of the MagSafe connector. This indicates which pin corresponds with which internal wire. So the middle pins on the MagSafe are linked with the internal white wire while the 2 pins on each end of the MagSafe connector are linked with the red internal wire. This can be confirmed with a pin-out diagram of a MagSafe connector (google image search).
Once this was confirmed, I soldered the RED internal wire to the original power adapter board lead that was labeled RTN (aka ground or GND). Then I soldered the white cable to other lead and began to assemble my adapter back together. I used Gorilla glue around the perimeter of the plastic and then vice grips to apply heavy pressure on each side. After hours of curing time, I then wrapped electrical tape around the entire adapter to keep it from separating. The end result was a very solid and semi-ugly adapter that works great.
If you have some spare time and are skilled in soldering then this will save you a good bit of coin. It is not the easiest fix and the seller should include instructions for each adapter it can apply with. I give this an overall score of 4/5 stars due to the above mentioned procedure and value this provides.
Thank you for reading,