First I tried to clean up the connector with some Q-Tips, tooth picks and solvent, but that did little, as seen in this "after" picture (below). The heat generated by the aftermarket charger permanently deformed and distorted the MacBook's magsafe connector. Clearly the damage was significant.
|Burnt Magsafe Connector - Replacement Required!|
I bought a replacement magsafe connector assembly (available from Amazon) for under $20 and started to replace it by following the instructions on iFixIt, using a proper tool kit like this one.
When I pulled out the old Magsafe, and boy did it look nasty.
|My removed Melted Magsafe Connector, thanks to a crappy 3rd party charger.|
- Fan, heat sink, and vents
- Logic board (front and back)
- DVD Drive
Also, while I was in there, I carefully cleaned out any scum that developed around the port openings, using some Q-tips and some solvent.
After re-assembly, my MacBook fired right back up and I was back in business. Success! I'm very happy, and will certainly never use a cheap aftermarket charger ever again.
|My new Magsafe connector allows charging once again!|
Now that this MacBook is again in operation, I have since updated its memory and the hard drive, as seen in my other articles.