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Someone went crazy with the silicone

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nszeek:
My notebook's charger thing died a while back and today I decided to scrap it for parts but someone decided to fill it to the brim with RTV. I bought it as a "Dell original" from a third party site but I doubt it is.

tom66:
That looks about right for a Dell charger, I've taken apart a couple.

The silicone is used en-masse because chargers get dropped and shipping isn't always friendly, this reduces the chance of a fractured joint for some of the larger components.  Also it probably helps damp any microphonic effects from inductors/transformers.

Probably a little excessive in your case but better more than less generally.

AndyBeez:
Even the silk screen says "Glue Rubber". I thought Apple were adhesive maniacs.

I suspect that's some thermal coupling strategy, that also keeps the bill of materials down. Think yourself lucky they didn't fill all voids with expanding foam.

audiotubes:
Looks somebody's kid brought silly putty to the assembly line that day  :-DD

DonKu:

"Misery loves company."

Removal tips appreciated in advance.

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