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Orange you glad your MacBook Pro’s power cord is protected?
Like Star Trek’s Mr. Scott, Apple’s engineers have well-deserved reputations for being high-tech miracle workers, but even they can only do so much about the laws of physics. Any moving part can become worn or damaged over time, and MacBook owners know few parts move more than their power adapter’s precious MagSafe cord. The Fray Fix adds a layer of protection to your faithful power brick’s most vulnerable spot, but in a way that’s anything but futuristic.
The Fray Fix is a soft, sturdy band of flexible silicone that lets you thread your cord through it to fit around your power adapter, reducing the range of motion—and the chance for undue stress—at the cord’s base. It comes in any color you like, as long as that color is a muted orange that contrasts nicely with stark white. In another nice touch, the Fray Fix’s notched, narrow shape won’t interfere with your power adapter’s folding clips or removable AC plug.
While the Fray Fix’s design couldn’t be simpler, applying it to your power brick is another matter, and the included tools are a bit… unusual. Toothpicks, two wide strips of tape, cotton swabs, and—no kidding—a small vial of water-based lubricant are all supplied so you can wrap your MagSafe connector into a slim, pointed cone and safely pull it through the Fray Fix’s narrow opening. It takes a lot of force to do the job, but performed correctly (printed instructions and a video on the manufacturer’s site make it easy) there’s no stress on the power cord, and the stretched silicone snaps back into shape immediately. In fact, the fit is so snug that the only way to remove the Fray Fix without potentially damaging your MagSafe connector is to carefully cut it off.
Even if you don’t mind the work, the Fray Fix isn’t for everyone—yet. The currently available model is sized to fit snugly only around the plastic shells of 85W MagSafe or MagSafe 2 power adapters compatible with 15-inch MacBook Pros. That means MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro users will have to wait for a Fray Fix that fits their smaller 45W and 60W adapters. The manufacturer promises they’re coming soon—maybe by the time you read this.
The bottom line. MacBook power adapters are covered by both standard and AppleCare warranties, so if your cord is already showing signs of damage, contact Apple immediately instead of trying to fix the issue yourself. But if you have a 15-inch MacBook Pro and plenty of DIY spirit, the Fray Fix offers some extra peace of mind for a low price.
85W MagSafe or MagSafe 2 power adapter
Soft, sturdy silicone band supports power cord’s base without much added bulk.
Tricky installation process and impossible to remove intact. Currently supports only 85W power adapters.