I get a lot of stuff sent to me that never makes it onto the pages of Hardware 2.0. Lots of sketchy stuff. Lots of dangerous stuff. But sometimes that stuff makes it into use at the PC Doc HQ lab because, I’m well aware that it’s sketchy and can take reasonable precautions to make sure that, well, in all honesty, that it doesn’t kill someone. I know that sounds overly dramatic, but fire and electricity are very capable of killing, and doing so quickly. Sketchy electronics can kill. One such bit of kit was a MacBook Pro charger with a MagSafe 2 connector. This thing has been handing around me for some time now, but the moment I laid eyes on it I knew that while it could do the job of charging a MacBook Pro, it was far from a good bit of kit. A clue to that came within minutes of starting to test it, as it spewed its guts out and I had to glue the casing back together! Recently I’ve put an old MacBook Pro into service, and since the cable built into the original charger was trashed, I pulled the sketchy charger into service…. Read full this story
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