HELP! My macbook isn't running on AC Power

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by theglamorousboi, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. theglamorousboi

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    Hey guys. My battery gave out today (I opened my laptop and it had a 1% charge and is NOT charging). It expanded but I procrastinated buying a new one (I'm poor that way).

    So here's the deal - my charger gave out three months ago and I bought a new one (It's not apple-branded though. It's cheaper.) HOWEVER, given my current situation:

    (1) My battery is NOT charging

    what freaked me out is that MY MACBOOK WON'T RUN ONLY ON AC POWER! I removed the battery already.

    I initially faulted this ONLY on the charger HOWEVER, the battery did regress to 2% (and falling. I'm in a computer shop right now).

    Is there something wrong with the charger? Or would a non-apple-branded charger NOT fully run a laptop?

    And I'm buying a battery today.
     
  2. RC

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    Your non apple branded charger might have some effect on the battery giving way...

    Is it a "china" brand or maybe costs less than 2K?

    If your mac won't turn on with just the charger, the charger would most likely be dead...

    Also even the original chargers should still be plugged into an AVR as the power in the Philippines is somewhat inconsistent not to mention the random blackouts...
     
  3. Salaryman Ryan

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    Yes, it seems your non Apple branded charger might be the first culprit. (Actually, this is the first time I heard about a third party AC for the Macbook since I'm pretty sure only Apple holds the patent to magsafe very tightly!) Second have you tried to reset the SMC (System Management Control) of you Macbook?

    Resetting it depends on your model here is the link:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411


    But I honestly think it might be the third party AC plug that might be causing your woes. And I agree with RC, your battery might have been killed by your non apple AC plug. I have a friend with a similar problem with his brand new Toshiba laptop. When his Toshiba's notebook's power plug broke because his brother tripped on it, he bought a cheaper third party AC. It did work for a few weeks but he noticed that his battery died a month right after on top of that his notebook would turn off randomly. Since it was within the 3 years warranty of Toshiba, he brought it to their service center in Makati but unfortunately they flat out refused repair citing that he used a different AC to charge the notebook. So if your Macbook is still within warranty please be careful.
     
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  4. theglamorousboi

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    Oh god. So does that mean I have to buy a new battery AND a new charger?
     
  5. theglamorousboi

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    What if I buy a third party battery (from Battery Specialist)? Would this solve my problem?
     
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    I do have a question, is your Macbook still within the warranty period? I'm pretty sure if it is you can have your original Apple AC adapter and battery replaced by Applecare for free.
     
  7. theglamorousboi

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    No. It's been more than a year.
     
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    original is still best, your third party charger may well have been the cause of the battery's malfunction.
     
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    +1 with original don't trust generic especially with our precious mac.
     
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    Ah that is too bad. Then yes, you need to purchase a new battery and AC. But before you do, I suggest to have your Mac checked out in a service center first to make sure if the damage is limited only to the battery. If the AC killed the battery it means that it has not been supplying the correct voltage to your Macbook all along and might have affected your logicboard.

    I would suggest when using integral parts like battery and AC adapters, purchase original Apple.
     

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