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My charger has gone green !

Message #1 - Posted 2008/06/17 - Gareth John

JohnB wrote:

Just got an new A1021/65w charger for my 12" G4 P'book. First couple of days I got the normal orange light at the connector whilst charging and green when fully charged.

Now the light is green all the time.

I checked with my old, battered, charger and it still glows orange.

Anyone know what controls the orange/green light switching in the charger and whether it can be tinkered with?

Not a big problem of course just annoying

I recently bought an identical A1021 charger for my 17" PB, as the lead on the original had finally gone phut just beside the PB plug. I got it for a good buy-it-now price on ebay. But I noticed almost immediately it's colour ring would behave oddly - showing green or orange almost arbitrarily, and changing when nudged a little further into or out of the PB's socket.

The colour that it showed didn't seem to correspond, either, to the indication in the menubar.

After a couple of weeks it failed completely, and (being in a bind at the time) I rushed off to buy another from the Applestore.

I'll take up the errant one with its supplier. But I'm now beginning to suspect that the one I bought on ebay is perhaps a pirate copy. A very good copy, but a fake. Little clues give it away, now that I've got a recent real Apple one to compare - somehow it's just the feel of it, and the feel and thickness of the connecting cable in particular.

I hope that isn't your problem.

G.

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Message #2 - Posted 2008/06/17 - Martin S.

Previously, JohnB wrote:

Anyone know what controls the orange/green light switching in the charger and whether it can be tinkered with?

I don't think so. The electronics for the switching effect are in the plug/charger itself.

My iB's plug has stayed green for years now while my gf's PB adapter still switches when used to charge the same iB.

Charging works fine with either adapter.

Cheers Martin

Message #3 - Posted 2008/06/17 - JohnB

Gareth John wrote:

JohnB wrote:

Just got an new A1021/65w charger for my 12" G4 P'book. First couple of days I got the normal orange light at the connector whilst charging and green when fully charged.

Now the light is green all the time.

I checked with my old, battered, charger and it still glows orange.

Anyone know what controls the orange/green light switching in the charger and whether it can be tinkered with?

Not a big problem of course just annoying

I recently bought an identical A1021 charger for my 17" PB, as the lead on the original had finally gone phut just beside the PB plug. I got it for a good buy-it-now price on ebay. But I noticed almost immediately it's colour ring would behave oddly - showing green or orange almost arbitrarily, and changing when nudged a little further into or out of the PB's socket.

The colour that it showed didn't seem to correspond, either, to the indication in the menubar.

After a couple of weeks it failed completely, and (being in a bind at the time) I rushed off to buy another from the Applestore.

I'll take up the errant one with its supplier. But I'm now beginning to suspect that the one I bought on ebay is perhaps a pirate copy. A very good copy, but a fake. Little clues give it away, now that I've got a recent real Apple one to compare - somehow it's just the feel of it, and the feel and thickness of the connecting cable in particular.

I hope that isn't your problem.

G.

Hi Gareth

The connecting cable is definitely thicker and less pliant than the original charger. My previous one (also an eBay one) also had a thicker cable - but that was advertised as a refurb, I got 2 years out of it.

I sort of assumed Apple had altered the design over the years as the thinner cable is certainly more fragile in my hands.

So it may be a fake I guess. Anyway as long as I get a couple of years out of it I won't be too bothered

Cheers

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JohnB

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