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Laptop chargers breaking

43 18 March 14, 2018 at 02:23 PM
My kids constantly trip over or otherwise yank on charging cords for laptops and portable DVD players. Sometimes just the charging cord breaks down Often the port on the laptop gives out and that's usually attached to the motherboard and I end up getting a new laptop. At this point I'd chalk up 3 portable DVD players and 5 laptop/notebooks to them. The most recent laptops I bought turned out worse then ever as the cords are really thin with very small connectors and also not backward compatible with the prior cords I own. I want something like the Macbook magnetic connector or a break away option. Any thoughts?

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Portable DVD players? it's 2018. One way or another just load the movie on a tablet or subscribe to a streaming service. The Amazon fire tablet is cheap.

As for the laptop, my first suggestion would be to alter your habits regarding where you charge the laptop to reduce the incidence of this.

Laptops that charge over USB-C could have some advantages. The surface uses a magnetic connector.

There are a couple aftermarket attempts at magsafe like functionality, but they have their limits and limited compatibility.
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Portable DVD players? it's 2018. One way or another just load the movie on a tablet or subscribe to a streaming service. The Amazon fire tablet is cheap.

As for the laptop, my first suggestion would be to alter your habits regarding where you charge the laptop to reduce the incidence of this.

Laptops that charge over USB-C could have some advantages. The surface uses a magnetic connector.

There are a couple aftermarket attempts at magsafe like functionality, but they have their limits and limited compatibility.
protectiveplug.com
griffintechnology.com/us/breaksafe-magnetic-usb-c-power-cable <<better version that will be much more useful coming in a few months.
I agree with this, I think how one charges can be altered to lessen the situation where this could occur on a laptop. Not sure how old the kids are or how many of them but they have to learn to look where they are going and step over things, not just for cables but life in general and to take care of their stuff. You can't run around the house with the DVD player etc.

The connector braking on the motherboard is common and often times it can be repaired by resoldering or replacing the connector and soldering it on. It's generally not super fine work but disassembly can be a big job.
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Also worth noting, aftermarket & diy attempts at a mag safe could carry some fire risk.
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Most laptops have the Kensington Lock hole on them.

So I'd get one of those cable locks, engage it into the port so that the cable lock is secure into the Laptop.

Now take the power cord and zip tie or Velcro it to the Lock cable. This should transfer the pull on the power cord by the kid to the Kensington port instead of the power port.
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Most laptops have the Kensington Lock hole on them.

So I'd get one of those cable locks, engage it into the port so that the cable lock is secure into the Laptop.

Now take the power cord and zip tie or Velcro it to the Lock cable. This should transfer the pull on the power cord by the kid to the Kensington port instead of the power port.
That way you can pull the whole laptop to the floor. laugh out loud

It's not a bad option, but it could have unintended consequences for the laptop or child.
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That way you can pull the whole laptop to the floor. laugh out loud

It's not a bad option, but it could have unintended consequences for the laptop or child.
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I figure this extends the life of the laptop by a few minutes...lol.

Seriously...if it was on the floor already when the kid trips on the cord, then it has a pretty good chance of surviving the accident.
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