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How to use Apple 60W MagSafe power adapter for Macbook/Macbok Pro?

It must be exciting for almost everyone that owns a new macbook. But there are times when a good instruction are still not that good yet. It miraculously took me 10 minutes to figure out on how to use the power adapter. It must be my luck and I thank god I didn’t broke it the first time I use it. Through a search on the net, I still couldn’t get a clear view on how to use it. Shame on me. But here I will share with you a quick guide in setting up your magsafe power adapter for use on different wall plug on different country.

Above are the usual package that comes with your macbook, which has the extension and wall plug for different country, example which I’ll use that is compatible for Malaysia.

The first time I saw the adapter, I was clueless on how I can make use of it, because the only thing I figured out is to push the pin downward. And nothing more than that.

What suprised me even more that the pin is NOT compatible at all to use with my country’s wall socket. It’s either I have to resolve in buying a new converter…or pull that off. But don’t do that with force. Insted,

With two of hand, one holding the end of the adapter and another, with mild force, you are able to dissect the adapter from it’s body.

Next, what we’ll do is to take the extension that is compatible, notice the hold behind the socket?

What we will do is to slot the socket in and let it slide. Noย  massive force is needed

Gently push the socket in to let it fit properly.

In case you need a longer extension, you may even opt for the extensioncable provided.

What happens when the wire around the adapter tangles and gets too long?

We can make use of the “holder” that built in with the adapter and wrap/roll the wire around it. With that we will able to keep the wires neat.

Now with the connector. It is protected and covered with a cap to avoid any dust or debris to clog inside. Remove the cap.

And we will have to locate the hole for us to plug the connector in.

It requires almost no effort or force to plug it in. As soon we hold the connector near the hole, it will automatically ‘SNAP’ and connect the plug due to the magnet built inside. This way it will avoid any unnecessary ‘misplaced’ socket that will destroy your macbook.

Once you get everything ready and you’re up for running at optimum power. You may now able to switch on the powerย  for the adapter.

And if everything goes well, you will see there is one small led on top of the connector lits up. If it’s in orange colour means it’s charging, while when it turns to green that means you have fully charge your battery. Enjoy!

Filed under: Apple, Hardware, Mac, Technology, Tips

19 Responses

  1. grace says:

    hopped here from knoizki’s abode … your site is truly amazing! from the easiest chores of every day life to the most challenging thing you’ve ever seen the world of technology, you commit a big deal to everything! nice one!

  2. ManMeng says:

    hahaha, welcome and enjoy your stay here. Hope it’s warm enough to keep you lurking inside here. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. K says:

    Thanks God, the first time I unpacked these, I got it correctly. Maybe I was already familiar with it because it’s similar with myiPod adaptor.

  4. Claire says:

    Thank you! Very helpful. I’ve always been afraid to try and use the extension cord because I might break it by using too much force or pulling it the wrong way. Not anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Kate says:

    Just wanted to say thank you. My desk and my outlet are farther than Apple would have cared for, but ta-da! You have helped me figure this little extension issue out! Thank you for this information . . I just got my Macbook today, and like you had mentioned, the instructions were poorly written and explained.

    Thank, thanks, thanks!

  6. Leona says:

    You are amazing!!! I totally thought I had to go and purchase another part, but you really helped. Thank you so much.

    And, which makes me really happy, the adaptor acts as a power surge protecter, and my macbook was shocking me, so hooray!!!

    And hmmmmm, I seem to have lost the dust cap. I just thought it was part of packaging. Oh well.

    thank you so much, this was so helpful.

  7. ManMeng says:

    Regards there,

    Thanks, and glad you are happy with it. I felt lucky as well for not ripping off the plug apart. I guess minimalism in product design does serve us well until it goes bad when there is no specific operational instruction attached. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope Apple listens to this.

    I don’t want to see my next new apple product dissected before i know it :O

    Good day,

  8. Tim K says:

    I didn’t know the plug adapter popped off to fix the extension. Not obvious at all, doesn’t even show you in the manual. Thanks for the photos.

  9. ManMeng says:

    Regards there Tim,

    You are most welcomed.


  10. manmeng says:

    it took you 10 minutes to figure that out? sad!

  11. Cezar says:

    Thanks a lot!!! This was very helpful!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. cassie says:

    Thank you SOOO much for you generous heart to share this!!

  13. Suellen Zimet says:

    Thanks so much, I was driving myself crazy. Just brought home my first Mac – Have a lot to learn!!

  14. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for this. I just got a MacBook today and was trying to figure out how to set up the extension. I knew it had something with the plug, because if not, why would’ve been designed the way it was. I laughed at myself after seeing you photos of how to change it.

  15. Prat says:

    Thanks for the info.. it was very useful….

  16. Ak says:

    Thankyou this is just what I was looking for!

  17. Michelle Fox says:

    OMG! This is the first site that solved the puzzle for me. Thank you soooo much for the photos!!

  18. Kitty Balay says:

    Thank you! That was exactly what I needed!

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