• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but delicate

    I've had my laptop and charger for almost two years. My charger is still in good shape-no tears, cracks or frays in the rubbery coating-even at the points where the cord connects to the end pieces. I really baby it though. Every single time I transport my computer it goes in a padded case and I re-coil the charger cord (making sure not to kink it) and clip the magnetic end to the cord. It then goes in its own side pocket of my laptop bag. I make sure never to bend it (again, particularly at the weaker connection areas). I love the magnetic method of attachment. Mine works well and only falls out if I really yank the cord by mistake. It's definitely saved me from breaking the port or yanking my laptop on the floor countless times!

    I don't give it a 5 only because it seems so delicate. The cord is very thin and flexible, and I don't think it would take much to permanently kink it (damaging the wires inside) or break it where the cord connects to the end pieces. It does sometimes get very hot during charging. I only wish they would make the cord covering a big more substantial, so it would better protect the wires against accidental bending.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Suprised by all the negative reviews...

    I have just had to replace the charger on my 2012 retina macbook so 4 odd years service from it. This is very similar to all the PC laptops Ive owned.

    All I can think is that i just pitch my cable into my bag when i move it rather than neatly wrapping it up so maybe I'm applying less pressure to the joints?

    4 years in my old Dell was dying on all fronts, this is the only part of my mac (other than one foot) to break in any way. Frankly im impressed..

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    shocked at all the horrible reviews!

    Wow! I can't believe all the hate for this power cord! I have no problem with this cord or the design of the magnet. The only thing I don't like about it is how hot it gets when charging. I've had my cord for the 2 years I've had this laptop, and the only reason I needed a new one was because my foster kittens chewed up the rubber and it stopped working. I don't like how expensive it is, but I come to expect that with apple products. This power cord works fine for me. No tearing, no fraying, and when the magnet comes off because I bumped it, I just snap it back on. No biggie.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Genuine Apple

    I am writing this review to tell the world how superficial most of the reviews for this product are (or at least seem). To be fair the only star missing here is due to its price. I got my laptop in the winter of 2012 and the charger had absolutely no problem until a few days ago. What happened? I miss-packed my wire and the insulation layer slightly opened near the power box and it has a small angle at which it does not charge the laptop at all. I ordered a spare one for when this will totally break down. It really is about how you handle it. Wrapping the wire around the power box seemed to be a pretty bad idea as the tension built up and teared the insulation (the temperature had a role in this too, but that's understandable). I really like Apple's chargers, they do not tangle and seem to be pretty sturdy too. Just remember to take care of your stuff people and they won't last for only 2 years :P mine is almost 4 years old.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as others believe...

    While Apple's MagSafe chargers compromise a few reliability details in the name of design I believe that if people are just more careful they won't fray or damage the cord.

    The magnet is as strong as it needs to be. Most consumers will not remember when iBooks and Powerbooks used a headphone jack style charger. These would easily break into the port and require charger board/ logic board replacements.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed Wires but Apple Quick To Replace

    I think the MagSafe chargers are a great idea. I can't tell you how many times in college someone would carelessly kick my cord and all that moved was the charger. This has saved my laptop numerous times. I had a 2008 MBP for 5 years and never replaced the cord. I got the new retina MBP and within 2 years I finally frayed the cord. I have AppleCare and all I did was bring the busted charger in and boom new charger no charge. I thought Apple was very quick to help.

    To all the negative reviewers, when you wrap your cord don't wrap it too tight and the best thing to do is to create a loop from the base prior to wrapping it. Its hard to describe but LEAVE SOME SLACK in the cable and it won't fray!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well so far! :p ♥

    I've had my MacBook Pro 15' for a few weeks now and have NEVER had an issue with the charger! It works PERFECTLY! It's connected EVERYTIME! And it's charged EVERYTIME! I just use it like I an supposed to! And I take it off by simply titling it downwards! I NEVEr have to tough the wire or put any strain on it at ALL! The only reason why I have not put five stars is because I think there are always minor things that could be changed to make things better! As far as how this particular wire works though, I think it is absolutely fine! Works well for me! :p ♥

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So far works well but...

    So far the MagSafe 2 Adapter that came with my 6 month old MBP Retina is fine, although I do find it dislodges from the MBP faster than my old adapter on my old MBP.

    That said, when I came to the Apple site to buy a second adapter for travel I was astonished at the number of horrible reviews from recent purchasers. Not sure if we can be sure these are all reviews and all genuine Apple products, but the shear number of negative reviews suggests Apple has a real loser on it's hand.

    Interestingly, "certified" purchase review on Amazon tell a very, very different picture. So hard to say what is going on.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolute Essential

    My old 85W MagSafe 2 ripped and completely broke from the power brick after 2 years of usage. Now I bought the new one. It is doing its job and still working fine. In term of quality, this genuine charger adapter (from Apple Online store or retail store) is better than any other generic things like in eBay or amazon. However in terms of usage, Apple 85W MagSafe 2 is not lasting so long as I expected. The cable is easily ripped especially the point near the power brick. Another bad thing is while charging, it is getting really really hot. But it has other good points such as you can charge quite quickly (approx 2 hours for full charge from 5-10% battery) and I'm quite happy about the magnet link.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    In defense of the magnet

    I was surprised to see the level of vitriol directed at Apple because of the design of the new MagSafe 2 connector. You would think Apple ran off with some of theses reviewers' children or something. My own experience with this power adapter on a new MBA: I agree the L design might be preferable because it is more low-profile and is less likely to get bumped. On the other hand, I expected a weak magnet based on the angry reviews. The magnet is actually quite strong as you discover when you try pulling it off directly. In fact, it seems much stronger than the L connector I had on my old MBP. Now, if you tilt it up or down, it does come off fairly easily as you are sort of leveraging it off. But that is probably a good thing as it will save your lightweight MBA from getting pulled off a table. So, it seems to be a good compromise. It certainly does not fall out the way some are describing. Maybe Apple strengthened the magnet in the last year? I don't know, but it seems strong enough. Since the battery on the new MBA lasts a long time, I never have a need to use it while plugged in. It gets recharged overnight. I mean, the whole point of using a laptop is portability, so I try to time the charging so that I don't need to have it plugged in when I'm actually using it. But, the adapter isn't as horrible as people are making it out to be. Now, I do wish it wasn't as expensive as it is...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe review

    I have now 2 months of use with the MagSafe Adapter, and have absolutely no complaints with powering my MacBook Pro. A number of complaints from others on the sensitivity of the connection coming off with the slightest touch, but I'm careful and have had only a couple of times (My fault) when it pulled off. I was not careful then but am glad it does come off so I won't cause the computer to fall to the floor or I slip/fall. Could it be a bit better ? Perhaps, but I'm happy with it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as everyone lets on, but not perfect.

    The charger is fine. The people who are complaining must use their equipment in very strange (inappropriate) conditions. Melting power bricks and frayed wires sound like a user-related issues. If you are careful when you wind your cable up and keep the power adapter in a sensible location, it will last you a long time. That said, as an owner of a Summer 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, I've noticed a little bit of small cracking in the rubber cable shielding near the input point on the brick. This is the point that gets the most stress, as it is where the cable is pulled to its greatest angle when winding it up for storage. It would be nice to see Apple considering the potential for this kind of wear; a stronger, more flexible support point would be useful.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The point of MagSafe

    I have owned the 1st gen, Unibody and now the rMBP. I have experienced every variant of the MagSafe Charger. The MagSafe charger was originally marketed and designed to quickly and seamlessly detach from the MBP in the event of a cord yank(someone tripping over it). This was to prevent damage not only to the connector in the laptop but also to keep the machine from crashing to the floor due to it being pulled with the cable. It sounds like every review is just supporting the overall design of the MagSafe and how great it works.

    I do agree that the New MagSafe 2 T connector is a down hill step from the last gen L connector. It does seem to disconnect easier then previous model due to the extend protrusion from the side. However it still performs exactly how it was designed. It disconnects seamlessly and quickly to prevent damage to the connector and laptop. Also my new MBP gets about 5hrs worth of battery when watching movies and surfing the net. Try stretching you battery a bit when lap surfing... You don't always need to be tethered.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but prefer the previous generation

    The bad reviews far outweigh the good ones, however, from my perspective, I've been using Mac laptops since 2007 and I've never had a power adapter fail. I believe there are several compromises, though, from a design standpoint that are "balanced" with the MagSafe 2. First, if the magnet is made stronger there's a risk that the "quick disconnect feature" won't work and someone's Macbook will go flying off the desk. Make it weaker and people complain that it disconnects too easily. If you tug the connector straight out (perpendicular to the Mac) you can see that the magnet is quite strong. Pull on it upwards or downwards and the magnet releases with much less force due to the peeling action. The only way around this from a design standpoint would be to make the connector much larger - obviously not desirable. Trade-offs also exist regarding the cord. A more durable cord could certainly be offered, but it would be heavier and thicker (again, just my opinion). My only complaint is that I preferred the previous generation's "L" style connector over the current "T" style. When a laptop is used on a desk, the power cord will typically be routed away from the user, not lengthwise to the right or left. Therefore, an "L" connector will result in a neater desktop with less stress from the cord making an immediate 90 degree bend. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why so many people suffer cord failures. As far as the price goes, I'd be happier at around $50.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, just wish it was cheaper

    Very good design from electronics point of view, more then all required safety features - apple goes over and beyond what they are expected here.
    Loads people complaining about heat and such, but its a power supply - it will get hot. Live with it. Stop whining please.
    Cable wise, they got better over years - still a lot to be done I'm afraid.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like the design! Just wish the cord was hardier.

    I personally like the magsafe 2 design. Mine stays in there pretty securely, but easily breaks away if someone trips on it or it get inadvertently tugged. I like that a lot, now my computer doesn't get yanked and damaged, the cord just comes out, protecting the computer. I do however wish the cable itself was hardier. Like a braided cable or something. It's pretty delicate for a laptop cable and I feel like I have to be careful to wind it up and store it. Wish at least the the cable was removable from the power supply- I find myself self having to replace them for the iPhone, but with this you have to buy the whole power supply at $80.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Preventing connector wear

    I've used Apple's T-shaped connector power supply for nearly 6 years without any issue so far. To make it last longer do not remove the cable from the computer by "pulling out" on it. The easiest way is to put a finger underneath the connector and tilt it upward until the magnet releases. Also, when you wind the connector around the brick, don't make the turns too tight, especially the first turn--leave slack on the adapter end so the turn isn't too tight.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems great to me

    Works fine. Could be just a little more magnetic to keep the charger in place. Great product

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    A lot of people are complaining that it falls out easily, but the point is so you don't rip your laptop off of a surface and destroy it. I'd rather have to pick up my cord and plug it back in than pay $3,000 for a new computer. It's saved me dozens of times already, and I highly recommend it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to do.

    I don't quite understand all the complaining. I mean, yes, the connector unplugs easily, and maybe the build quality has been better in my iPod USB Power Adapter some years ago... but the design is fine, the unit is silent, and yes, you can carry your computer around without worrying that it may disconnect.
    Except, well, except you trip over it. Of course.
    I like everything about the charger.

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