A friend of mine came to me with a broken Laptop charger for her Mac. "LOL APPLE SUXXX" I told her. "At last! An opportunity to get a new computer!!" I informed her. But she insisted I help repair her trendy piece of garbage. Oh well.
She had already completely diagnosed the problem, which was nice. More importantly, she didn't come up with some bat-shit crazy idea of why it was broken, which is usually what happens when non-technical people reach beyond their grasp. The problem here being that the MagSafe charging connector had a bad connection to the cable: she had to wiggle it to get it working, and had been doing so for quite some time.
|Trendy charger, Reproduced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MagSafe|
Usually this is a simple fix - cut out the sketchy section of wire and re-attach the connector. However, as I'll soon detail, it got a little more complicated.
I began by undressing the sexy, sleek charging connector. This involved slicing it's trim and toned sides with a Box Knife, and peeling back its clothing with
|Let me take that off for you...|
|When God gives you Apples, get a new God.|
As it turns out, it's really trendysexyfresh to put a PCB inside the connector. At least I assume so, because its literally stupid as fuck. Why not put that little circuit inside the laptop, and enjoy a simpler connector? Probably so that people are forced to buy more $70+ power adapters. Which is probably sexy, considering you get to go into sleek, specially-designed outlet stores for your replacement....
|A PCB inside the connector? Buncha jerks.|
|Shown above: the easy part|
Replace the plastic insulation shroud with some electrical tape, and reinsert the tiny pin things:
And finally, wrap up the repair with a shimmering new coat of electrical tape.
And thats how its done!