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April 18th, 2014
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consumerism PSA - python cord macbook charger protector kickstarter
you know how macbook chargers have the unfortunate tendency to break right where the laptop charging cable enters the brick part? there's a kickstarter project for that.

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Date:April 19th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Huh -- mine (Mac and Dell) always break where the cable meets the bit that plugs in to the *computer*. But this is pretty cool.
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Date:April 19th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
That's where mine (Lenovos) always break, too. Usually, but not always, I can successfully solder them back together, but the only preventative thing that's ever worked for me was sticking a piece of reinforced plastic tubing over the whole distance from the plug into the computer to the ferrite bead (with an ID smaller than the bead or plug, so it doesn't slip out of place, but just holds that whole section rigid-ish).
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Date:April 19th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
There's a simple free solution to this: take apart a ball-point pen (the type with the inch-long tightly-coiled spring, which you may already have a small stash of, from accidentally bringing them home from your bank). Wrap the spring around the cable at the end where it meets the power brick -- takes a few minutes, but isn't hard. Slide it down the cable until it's snug against the power brick. Secure it there with some electrical tape if it seems prone to sliding up the cable away from the power brick. Do this same thing at the other end of the cable (the connector-to-computer end) if that seems likely to come apart too.
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