• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Power cord fine one day, then completely frayed with burn marks the next???

    I have owned my macbook pro 13 in since 2012 and have nothing but positive things to say about it. The magsafe power adapter is a completely different story. I was always careful with my power adapte. One day it was working fine and literally the next day the skinny cord that plugs into the laptop has frayed and will not charge at all. How does something become that damaged in one days time?? I am really unhappy about this.This isn't just about quality it is about safety. A power adapter should not become that hot to the point where it burns plastic. Seriously. This was one of the main reasons I switched from a pc to a mac. Having to replace a cord every year can be annoying and I didn't expect to have to deal with the same thing when I bought my mac. Apple, please start making better quality power adaptors for a better price. $80 is a little steep, especially when that produce doesn't even stand up to regular usage.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced piece of junk

    My cable is two years old and now looks like an electrician's nightmare. The plastic covering the wires has shredded and about a foot of the internal wires are completely uncovered and starting to separate into thin metal tendrils. The rest of the cable is covered with electrician's tape applied when the covering first started peeling away, a year after purchase. The odd thing is that the cable continues to charge but that may change at any minute so I was forced to purchase another one of these low quality cables at the outrageous price of $79. For that money, the cable covers shouldn't be peeling like a molting snake. And now I'm off to cover that foot of naked wire with some more electrician's tape.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No good value.

    For this price id like a personal message from Tim saying sorry. A blown fuse I can handle but when it stops working at a gig with no way of fixing its a sad situation. This has never happened to any of my other laptops. For this price you expect quality materials. Shielded cable to prevent tearing inside.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Functions well but does not last.

    In the 8 years I've owned my MacBook, this is the fourth time I find myself replacing this charger. All four of them have done their job of charging my laptop, but all four have simply died on me. Not because of damage nor misuse... All of them were in mint condition besides the slight discoloration from the charger being in my bookbag. There are no tears, there was no damage. It literally just ceased to function. Now a $79 price tag is an unjust price for something that obviously is not built to last and there are thousands of reviewers to testify to this. We ask if we are to be charged $79, make it last.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow Charge

    Ordered a new adapter once the one purchased with my computer started exposing wires around the contact and bulk part. I can't say it didn't last - got me through 5 years of constant use. My problem with the new purchase is the slow charge ability. If I leave it charging through the night it might reach full by morning. I'm going to inquire with Apple if it's a factory defect. If not then this product's clearly downgraded.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Way too expensive and have to replace too often

    I find the charger is great and effective... unfortunately not for a very long time. When i starter using my MacBook charger, i only used to cord for less than 10 months before it stopped working.

    As a student, it is very hard for me to get $130 to spend on a charger. I find it absolutely ludicrous that it is that expensive, and I've had to fork out money for another charger in such a limited amount of time.

    It would be terrific if Apple would consider lowering the price or add at least a warranty that covers more than simple defect, as over time the cord pulls lose from its fitting which (in my case) wasn't my fault.


    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Book Pro Charger

    My charger's wire has been broken for quite a while but this scared me. I smelled something like burning rubber and looked over at my charger. A split in the wire was glowing bright orange. It wasn't flickering or sparking, just the wires inside were glowing orange, down towards the charging box. It's a reasonably new charger, had it for two years. Very upset.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Power adaptor red hot

    I recently used the adaptor to charge the mac, after apx 45 minutes it was red hot. Is that normal? I've not had that experience with other power leads when charging laptops.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but not for long.

    This is the clean Apple-style of design that we love. The problem is style over function. My Mac is an "olde beest", bought in Autumn 2009. The charger that it came with, with the old T-style connector, did last a while. After that, I had to buy a new charger nearly every year, being on my fourth now. Like others have said, they all break at the same point; the joint between the connector and the cable.

    This has been a major design flaw for years and Apple has been knowing about it (because, in their defence, my first replacement was given to me for free by them). My greatest disappointment lies in the fact that they have done zilch to resolve this in their design permanently.

    I must admit that this even makes me wary of buying a new mac. What if all their chargers are still like this?

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (for MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro)

    I have had to replace the power cable for my MacBook Pro a few times. It frays easily despite my efforts to protect and care for it - each cable replacement costs anywhere between $40 - 80 adding to the overall cost of the computer. I have used electrical tape to reinforce the cable entering the housing of the adaptor but over time it still frays. Unfortunately this occurs even if you use the two "L" brackets that swing open to wrap the cable. My husband and other family members LOVE mac, but everyone of us have had to replace this part. I hope that Apple will improve the design of their power cables to prevent fraying.

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's time to replace the charger

    After seeing many reviews I feel like I am on the same boat. Somehow using the tape I managed it for more than 2 years but really apple needs to reinvent the wheel for this charger. Please don't make us spend money on such things.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Power Adapter Melted??

    This is my 1st apple product EVER, but after years of dealing with PC's only lasting 2-3 years, I shelled out the almost $2,000 to buy a MacBook Pro. I've had it just 2 years, & tonight when I went to charge my laptop, it wouldn't charge. When I inspected the charger, the cord that goes into the charger/part you plug in, was melted away on one side, with the wires exposed. I never wrap the cord, as I only use my laptop in the house. It's not left plugged up when not in use. And to the tune of $80 I'll have to somehow come up with in the morning, as my laptop is essential for both my company and I'm in school full-time. You would think as much as Apple charges for their products, they could make a charger that doesn't melt, posing a potential fire hazard.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    My Charger is a Goner.

    I've had my charger for two and a half years at this point. I have had multiple friends with a macbook have their chargers stop working (more than once) so, I made sure I was very, very careful with my computer charger especially when putting the charger in my computer bag. Yet, a small slit managed to develop close to the wall plug end of the charger. As the slit continued to grow, my charger began to develop a short in the cord. To try to stop the slit from growing, tape was applied. Soon after tape was applied the charge no longer worked.

    I would understand if this was a rare occurrence for this charger but this has happened to several individuals I know. Apple, please change the design and/or material that continues to damage easily and cause the wires to be exposed.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be improved

    I also experienced issues with this product, similar to the other reviewers. However, I am a big supporter of using official products from the official store rather than 3rd party products. Perhaps Apple could improve this product instead.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Questionable Quality

    The original Magsafe charger ("T" style) for my early 2008 Macbook Pro held up pretty well. It lasted about 5 years with some heavy usage and travel. It finally quit charging, although it would still run the computer. So I bought a replacement ("L" style) from the Apple store near me. Less than 9 months later, that one had melted near the charger. If I need another one, I will definitely look to see if I can find one that has the "T" style connector. The current one is garbage.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really bad thin cable

    Thin cable started tearing from both ends as well as middle section after 4 months of use

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    power adaptor failure

    I love the high quality of Apple's products. Unfortunately, the power adaptor is one of the few exceptions .
    I have a macbook bought at 2009. Until now I have replaced the adaptor 4 times. Every adaptor lasts only 1-2 years.
    I have engineering background. There is a very apparent mechanic design issue : " tail wagging the dog". The cable connected to macbook is thin and long. The transformer connected to the outlet is bulky and heavy. Any twisting or sudden movements of the cable will cause the " tail wagging the dog" effects , which , of cause , will damage the cable connection. This seems a long time problems. The adaptors should be back the drawing board. Hope Apple will improve it soon

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fatigues quickly

    Stress on the wire will mean that this charger breaks, and when it breaks it is pretty dangerous (exposed wires and sparks a lot). The fact that companies are now producing and selling silicone seals to protect that part of the charger shows that it is a common fault, as alluded to by the orevious reviewers. That said, it worked for me for 3 years before giving up, but once the lead started showing signs of stress it quickly degraded to the point where it was dangerous to use and it eventually gave up. For a charger that costs over £50 to replace, this isn't really acceptable in my view.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd power adapter in 4 1/2 years

    The charging function has always worked great, but the cord from the brick to the MacBook seems weak and the rubber sheathing frays. The first replacement was done under AppleCare when the MacBook was about 2 years old. Now, 2 1/2 years later, it's happened again. This adapter sits at home, I don't wrap the cord around the little handles, I always disconnect it by grabbing the MagSafe connector, yet the fraying just happened. I take care of my stuff, and I think Apple made a mistake here with either design or materials.

    I'm not going to quibble - $79 over 4 1/2 years isn't a big deal - but based on the distribution of the ratings of these reviews, I'd say there's a problem that Apple needs to address.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Laptop Charger

    I used to be a PC user and I've never had to replace a charger until I bought a MacBook Pro. The charger that came out of the box was too short so I would always trip over it. As a result, one of the outlets in my apartment no longer works. Today, I noticed that one of the mental prongs is bent so the charger no longer fits into the wall. I went to the Apple Store and all I needed to replace was the part with the metal prongs but that wasn't an option so I ended up spending $85 (including tax) to buy the 60W MagSafe Power Adapter. This adapter comes with a longer cord that will hopefully prevent me from tripping and breaking another outlet/power adapter.

    4 of 4 people found this useful