• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stiff and sticky cable, easy to break clips

    Power adapter charges fine and I have not found there to be a problem with the magnet as some other reviewers have mentioned. However, the thicker cable is very stiff so it does not roll easily for transport in a case. Also, the smaller cable is really sticky, so much so that it leaves a residue on your fingers and picks up dirt very easily. Not pleasant! Finally, the clips that allow the smaller cable to wind around the adapter for transport break very easily.

    These are small details that make the use of a nice laptop much less enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor adapter, not had one last longer than 2 years

    My 18 month or so Macbook retina has a failed magsafe 2 adapter. The unit gets very hot and died what I would consider very prematurely. The same thing happened with my first macbook air so I'm very disappointed having to buy 2 or 3 adapters through the life of 1 laptop.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Breaks in less than a year

    I've had two of these in the space of two years and both have had their insulation shred at the same place (near the magsafe connection). It's treated no different to adaptors from other computer manufacturers and they survived years and they cost a lot less. Now I have to buy a third one in two years (very first one came with my computer). Rip off at the price that it is

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I have Apple care

    Lasted me over a year, just got worse and worse. Knew the problem would happen eventually so I put tape and springs on the cable ends to prevent the inevitable.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Over heat and snapped again

    Bought my MacBook Pro in early 2014, less than 2 years, I had to replace the charger twice. Both time, the cable just snapped, and it heats up like a heater. Bad design, and it's not cheap!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely overpriced for the lack of quality

    Like many other people it seems i have also had numerous mac chargers die on me. £65 is awfully expensive for a chargers, especially one that has this many problems.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Once again the cord failed.

    The Magsafe adapter is a good adapter except for one fatal flaw: Inadequate strain relief where the cable meets the body of the charger means that eventually, and inevitably the cable will break. Mine just broke and shorted out, getting very hot. Thankfully the charger has good protection and cut out.

    This is the second one that I have had suffer this problem. I'm going to add my own strain relief if and when I get a new one.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable way too weak

    The charger is nice in the sense that you can have 2 varied lengths, one where the brick is in the wall and one with the extension attachment. But the cable it self between the brick and the MacBook is way too think. The end closest to the MacBook wears out way too quickly, even if you try your best to look after it. And then they charge you £65 for another one!! I think when I'm spending almost £2,000 on a laptop, I would expect a charger that could last at least 3 years before any signs of wear.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    wrong shape

    the actual piece of metal that attaches to the computer simply comes off too much. Because, due to the shape of the charger, the wire comes straight out of the side of the computer when the charger is attached, it is very easily unhooked or unhinged. I never experienced this problem with the second version of the magsafe 1 adapter, the one that was cylindrical. On the old charger the wire went out behind the computer and was never really knocked out. This design is flawed though. The charger does also get very very hot.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Charger has broke after 13months

    I absolutely love my mac laptop but after only having it for 13 months my charger has broke. Its not even a fuse that has gone in the plug itself, its the box onwards. It heats up a lot which I think is a main issue. Im really disappointed that I am now having to spend out on a new charger especially because I am a student, its very expensive for me.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very weak magnet and very annoying

    I've had the L-shaped Magsafe 1 charger for a MacBook and I can honestly say this is a downgrade. The original L-shaped Magsafe 1 to me was a stronger magnet and its shape meant it didn't fall out it it slightly nudged something. The new Magsafe 2 is better in terms that the rubber hasn't frayed (yet) but the T shaped adapter means it juts out a lot more and is very annoying especially when you're using your MacBook on anything other than a flat desk. So far I can say that this is the only part of my new Macbook that I can honestly say I hate.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable too fragile

    Charges in good time, magnet works great for not destroying the cable or computer if it gets pulled. The cable split open in two places near where it connects to the computer, after about 18 months.
    Definitely a bad design with how thin the plastic casing is, but Apple agreed to send me a free replacement immediately, so swings and roundabouts!

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally, my turn to experience connectivity problem

    Just like what the title said, my charger is not working well for my 15-inch retina (bought in December 2012) now.

    I have already undergone SMC resetting and it appears that the charger does not work properly.

    Based on what I have read in the review column, I am not sure if I am relatively lucky to have my charger (finally) fails after 14 months of use, yet it is really annoying when the charger works 5 -10 minutes and then the display shows you have plugged the charger in but not charging.

    I will eventually be forced to buy a new charger, but I am far from happy as my expectation on Apple is always high, just like any Macbook Pro user in Planet Earth.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Giant step backwards

    I can't say how much I hate this new adapter. The magnet is so weak and it gets knocked out so easily. Not to mention that the shape just protrudes out of the Mac. It's terrible when you're working on the couch because it doesn't hug the machine. This makes it terrible because it bumps into stuff and exacerbates the problem.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magnet ok, cords and heat are terrible

    I've not had an issue with the magnet strength. Under normal usage, it holds just fine. But I had my first adapter for 8 months and it's frayed at both ends of the small cord, with bare wires exposed. I just bought a replacement, and it seems that the heat it generates could fry an egg. I didn't notice that on my first one. It seems that for all the effort that Apple puts into usability of their products, maybe they need to spend a little time on making sure they can continue to be used safely.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality compered to the machine it charges

    This is my first Mac and I'm very happy with the move from my Sony Vaio. However the charger has always been a worry since day 1 and 12 months down the line it has failed.
    - It gets extremely hot - to the point where I won't leave the machine charging unattended.
    - It has a small power plug that makes it hard to remove from the wall socket, potentially exposing your fingers to an electric shock.
    - Fragile connection from the a/c adapter which has now frayed, exposing the wire.

    It has been looked after very well, and I'm unhappy that it should need replacing after twelve months.

    44 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Put: If it ain't broke....

    The L-Shaped MagSafe from the previous generation was fine for me. If you had to change something about it then maybe make the cord and circuits more durable and stronger. Other than that, the new MagSafe 2 design stinks.

    It frequently keeps falling out of the MagSafe port from the brush of my leg or from the blanket of my bed brushing against it as well. Makes it difficult to be on your lap.

    Is it a dealbreaker to stop you from buying the current line of MacBooks? No.
    Is it annoying? Yes, but I tolerate it because I love my new MacBook Air, (it's so fast and it just works!)

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak flex, seriously heat

    The body of the charger gets extremely hot and flex is so weak that it has broken after less than a year of use. This is a terrible product compared to the MacBooks themselves, the only redeeming feature is the magnet which was a great addition in 2006 but the lack of development since is a constant source of disappointment.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    another split cable

    Apple why can't you make charger cables that don't split? I bought a 15" Retina MBP five months ago and already the cable is split. This happened with the last MacBook Pro too. C'mon!!

    39 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose connector, cable frays

    The new MagSafe makes a much looser connection and is easily bumped out if you're not using it on a desk, or move your laptop around at all. More concerning though is that within 6 months it has frayed dangerously at the brick-end. Very poor.

    13 of 15 people found this useful