I had a panic attack today. I had left my MacBook Air inside its sleeves and on my bookshelf for a week since I didn’t have an immediate need for it and I didn’t want someone stealing it. I took it out today to prepare it for a trip overseas, only to find that my MacBook Air wasn’t charging and the charger LED wasn’t turning on. I opted not to buy the extended AppleCare, and mine expired a few months ago. I looked up the cost for a new charger to find out it’ll cost me $79. $79!!! I knew of Apple and their premium prices, but I still found it shocking.
I did what any sensible person would do, which is to start googling to find a do-it-yourself solution to my problem. Most people would suggest resetting SMC, or just simply going to the Apple Store and letting the Genius people take care of it. But what if you no longer have AppleCare and resetting SMC doesn’t work?
I managed to find one solution that finally worked for me. I’d give the site credit, but I closed the page and can’t find it any more. So the solution to the charging problem is… wait for…
Sit on the charger.
Seriously, I found this ridiculous, but figuring I had nothing to lose, I tried it anyway. I sat on my charger, noting that it was slightly cold due to cold weather, for a few minutes and gave it a go. Still nothing, the LED didn’t turn on. I tried sitting on it again, this time a bit longer. This time around, the LED turned green and then orange a few seconds later. Score!