• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing from Apple

    These power adapters have a very short life. They fray where the cord meets the magnetic plug and literally become a fire hazard. Worst Apple product ever. Unfortunately there is no alternative supplier.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This must be Apple's worst product

    Unbelievably poor engineering - must have bough 10 replacements over the years. Keeps fraying and breaking.
    Please Apple fix it or give us 3rd party alternatives

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Going through my third charger

    I admit the first time around I wasn't careful with how much the base of the cords bent which resulted in the wiring being completely exposed and frayed after owning it for 4 years. I should have learned my lesson with the same problem of how many iphone chargers I have gone through. 2nd time buying a charger I was extremely careful...never rested the charger in a position where it could wear out, wrapped it so there wasn't any tension at the base of the cord, and yet somehow after 5 days of the first hairline tear and less than a year of use, it's completely unusable. Many other brands/companies design their products to account for the wear and tear even at extreme conditions, I just wish that at the current price point that Apple set these chargers at, that they could at least fix this design flaw that has been around since the inception of apple products.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst thing.

    I've had Apple laptops for nearly a decade and I have replaced the original power cord for each iBook, Macbook, Powerbook at least 1 time and often 2 times. So frustrating that they don't last and also cost $80 to replace.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord casing disintegrating

    I've had this adaptor for less than a year and the cord casing is falling apart. Now I have to spend another 80 dollars to replace it. This is just poor design.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another Charger Fraying

    Same problem that a lot of people have been posting. Poor quality lead meaning it's subject to fraying rendering it useless and dangerous, so now have purchased my third charger for my Macbook Pro.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    This is my first mac and I have loved it and done my best to care for it in every way. I didn't have the thing long when I noted the power connector rubber/coating was starting to split around the part that connects to the computer. I applied a little white electrical tape to try to strengthen that area and now here we are and it's still worse despite my efforts to prolong it's life. I'm choked at the idea of spending $100 to get a new cord for one that pales in quality even towards the one that sticks straight out as my roommates power charger does.
    Honestly, this is really a design flaw that I'm surprised to see when I hear all the other good things about apple. It'd be absolutely stellar if apple would come off with a better design and consider a replacement discount for those of us whose cords are obviously affected negatively by this design flaw - be it that we send the original cord in, or take a picture of said cord and send it in, etc. I don't exactly appreciate the idea that if I don't buy the replacement cord for $100 (which will obviously also break down if it has a 1/5 star rating from over 1000 people) that I effectively have a $1500 paperweight left over.. I hope this gets resolved. Thanks.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Made to Break

    The fact that the smaller cord is permanently attached to the brick ENSURES that it will wear out and stop working in a short matter of time. Then you get to shell out $80 for another that you will certainly need to replace. This design practically guarantees that every macbook comes with an additional $160 you will have to spend to keep using it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Feels like it was deliberately designed to be frequently replaced.

    Overall the Apple products are really well made. The same unfortunately can not be said about Apple MagSafe Adapter. The charger is serviceable but suffers from a number of serious design flaws. The biggest design oversight is that the cord is very vulnerable to strain. This issue could be resolved either by reinforcing the cable in the most strain heavy area (near connector pin and near the transformation box) or by simply making the weaker cable detachable and therefore easily replaceable. Judging by overall great quality of apple engineering It almost seems like Apple engineers deliberately left this structural weakness in order to cash in on some of the Apple accessories.

    As it stands now, the power adapter is a weaker "link" in the otherwise strong Macbook "chain".

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    effective

    I have read the negative reviews. I'm not sure what people are doing with their chargers because I'm using the one that came with the laptop 5 years ago and have never had a problem. I'm only ordering another one so that I have one at work and home. Simple device...does what it's supposed to as long as I do.

    6 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pay Attention Apple. Magsafe both ends

    Dear Apple,

    Please magsafe both ends of the power adapter for future launch of MacBook Pro. If you do not, you will lose this customer.

    Many Thanks.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Four Years; Nothing Has Changed

    It’s been four years since I wrote a scathing review of this power adapter. In that time Apple has done nothing except change the magnetic connector from a straight in connection to the L-shaped connection. This may help some people, but for me only makes things worse, since my electrical outlet is to the side, not behind the laptop.

    This is poor design and engineering. The main stress on the cord is at the point where it connects to the laptop. The cord is inevitably going to fray and fail at this point. This then requires buying another $79 power adapter, when it could be a much cheaper cord replacement if Apple would just make the cord detachable at the power adapter. They’ve already done it at the electrical plug end, where the cord is beefy and doesn’t get much stress. Why is this concept so hard for Apple to understand? Obviously, they ignore user reviews, because the reviews say this product is a piece of feces.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big Apple fan, but this product is a joke.

    3rd charger in as many years.

    Spent over 3k on this laptop and I expect the highest quality for that price. It's supposed to be the reason we buy Apple.

    This charger has been a problem since it came out and I am disappointed Apple have done NOTHING to rectify it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Apple, I expect better than this!!!

    I really expect better from Apple. Is it really that difficult to make an adapter that will last longer than a year! This is my 3rd adapter and I've owned the computer just over 3 years. What's up with that? My husband has a Dell that's almost 12 years old (I hate Dell), but he's only replaced the adapter once!!!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another $90.00 2nd time in 3 years

    It seems that my cord has started to come apart, again, at the same place. Even though it’s a laptop it is mostly stationary at our house as we travel with our iPad.

    We’ve put electricians tape over top of damage in the hopes to keep it at the 1cm gap….but already the macbook is not gong full charge and it stuck at 95%. If it goes the typical way i suspect it will fray more, exposing more wire and eventually will not charge and will start to spark (green sparks last time)!.

    At $90.00 it sure would be nice that this were either rectified (it seems it’s not a unique problem) or that they would cover it for two years and then Apple could see they need to spend money on a better wire wrap for the magsafe!

    Is there another product, perhaps a generic one that anyone knows of?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really ????

    12-14 months and I'm out $80???? I agree with many other reviewers that comment on Apple being a Technically Superb company but cannot seem to master some of the simplest of requirements. Apple replaces the original power cord that came with the Mac Book Pro, (I received mine last year) and tonight it quits and I have to spend $80. Really????
    LF, Arlington, VA

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One star at most

    These cords are the worst things ever! I've been a macbook user for seven years now and am on my 4th charger cable purchase. I don't misuse these cables, but I do require them to travel with me in my laptop bag - as is usually the case with laptop computers. I would love to buy a cheap cable to replace this, but heaven forbid anything happened to my MacBook Pro that could cause apple to refuse to help me, so here I am, about to fork out another $80 on a power cable.

    With so many negative reviews, why doesn't apple actually fix this? My current cable is held together by electricians tape because I have been "dangerously" avoiding replacing the super expensive cable.

    This is a serious design flaw, and as it's not news to any of us, this should be fixed.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worse product Apple sells

    The material used in the sheathing is not up to par. I will never buy anything Apple again - they should have recalled, reengineered and replaced these for free. The material used in the outer sheathing fatigues no matter how careful you are with it. It won't take the torsional twist which is inevitable. It should have a rotating head. I go through one exactly every 12 months - I will not pay $100/year membership fee for the Apple magsafe adapter club. When I tried to get warranty they blamed me. I had a cheap $300 HP and the cord lasted forever.
    This is not a small thing - I'd get another brand if I were you - for the price they charge everything should work and they should take care of every problem properly. They know about the problem, don't improve it and keep selling garbage.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thin cable jacket ripped

    I like the magnetic idea and the look of the charger, but after about a year the cable that goes from the computer to the transformer has ripped. For a charger that is 80 bucks, this should not happen. There is no reason why this charger shouldn't last longer than a year for 80 dollars. Obvious other people feel the same way. Apple please fix this. If the connection was detachable then I could just buy the smaller chord again, but its not. :o(

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just another money-grab for Apple!

    Like everyone else mentioned, the only part that messes up and frays is the thin cord that attaches to the actual computer. It happened on my old Macbook, and I had to buy a new cord. Now it's happened again on my Macbook Pro from early '13, and I'm using my last 26% to write you this review SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND. 900 1 star reviews can't be wrong! Stop trying to take even MORE money from peoples pockets! This is a $2300 laptop! Surely you can fix the cords!

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