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Damaged laptop power supply cable - safe to use?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Kelski, Nov 22, 2011.

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  1. Kelski

    Kelski Thread Starter

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    Me being the idiot that I am, left my laptop power supply cable lying on the sofa (unplugged, I hasten to add!) and have just found that one of my pet rats has had a good ol' chew at it. It's not in too bad a state; bits of the black plastic have been removed and I can see the silver underneath (probably a cm or so in length). I just want to know if it's still safe for me to use, as I'm entirely ignorant of the structure of these things - am I likely to electrocute myself if I accidently touch the metal underneath the sheathing while it's plugged in and switched on?

    Thanks in advance for any responses.
     
  2. jack-o-bytes

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    Well, It would probably be a good idea to take a photo of it so that we can see the state that it is in. As far as I am aware the silver coating around the outside is only the earth part or a shield part (more likely an earth) So long as the inner power carrying cable isn't touching the outer earth stuff you should be alright to use it. However I would definitely recommend getting a new one as the price's these days are so low it is hardly worth the risk of either shorting it and damaging your laptop or hurting your self on it.
     
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    Here's a photo:

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    I intend to buy a new one anyway but as I work from home using my laptop I can't really afford to be without it for a few days!
     
  4. jack-o-bytes

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    Well, It doesn't look too bad. What side of the power converter is it on? the wall side or the laptop side?
     
  5. Kelski

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    It's on the laptop side.

    I must confess I feel very silly posting this; I'm usually so careful around the rats! Still, it's better to ask and be safe than sorry.
     
  6. jack-o-bytes

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    It doesn't look un-fixable. Do you have any electrical tape. If it is on the laptops side then the max voltage there is usually 24v which isn't enough to go through your body and cause harm but could short out. If you wrap it in electrical tape you might be able to get away with using it for a couple of days. However I don't recommend it lol
     
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    Thanks! Pretty sure we've got some electrical tape lying around somewhere; will have a look. Going to get on eBay now and see if I can find a seller with first class delivery for a new adapter. :)
     
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    Don't buy one from the genuine laptop brand unless you have loads of spare money lol. It is a lot cheaper to by a compatible one and they have warranty anyway.
     
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