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Hello Mac-Forums

So, I've got 3 macbooks in my family, and the mac design for chargers really sucks.

2 of them broke, and the third one only charges half the time.

Upon breaking, one of them smoked for a bit, then stopped working. I'm assuming that short circuited.

So could I just cut that part out, and splice the wires together? My sisters leave for Spain tomorrow, and short of spending $150 on new chargers, can't I do that?

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Here's both of them, the only problem is up there.

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If I could just take a scissor, cut the wires and then splice the wires back together, would that fix it? I've never done this before, so it would help if someone pointed me to a guide on how to do this. Thanks.
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I wouldn't recommend it. The power adapters are not designed to be serviceable. The risk of damaging the notebook is just too great, not to mention the risk of a fire.

Take a look at this document and see if it helps:

Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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My best bet, apparently, is to bring it in and ask for a replacement.

Thanks for the warning and quick reply, I'll see if I can get to them today.
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