• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor design

    My last two power cords have died after maybe 2 years of use (one for a Macbook and one for a MacBook Pro). Just bought a new replacement cord in January for my Macbook Pro and after 3 months of use it is already starting to go. I have to fiddle with the connector to make sure it's charging and the LED light flickers on and off with the slightest touch and it stops charging. A hundred bucks after tax and it's already dying? What a waste of money and landfill space. I love my MacBook Pro but this will be my last apple computer if I have to continue to replace the power cord every 3 months.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New adapter needed after 1 year

    One year ago, at the most, I had to spend $80 to buy a new adapter for my computer, because my old one quit working. No big deal, because that one had lasted me 4 years. It had gone halfway around the world with me on more than one occasion and held up great. Now, here I am a year later, and the casing on my barely year old one is already cracked, leaving the wires exposed. How can a company that makes such brilliant products fail so badly with this? They used to have better adapters, so why won't they go back to what works?

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality and Overpriced

    The outer rubber layer of the cord between the adaptor and magnetic plug tears too easily and shreds off. It does not hold up to daily use and movement. A laptop is mobile, but this charger is not.

    Its weak, fragile body cowers at the idea of being loosely coiled and transported anywhere. It probably dreams of being a snake, it molts so quickly, but sadly it does not grow a new skin to protect its important wire innards. Its body chafes against desks and tabletops and splits open like overripe fruit.

    I've had my AC cord for six years (I got it with my 15" MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo in 2008), but the adaptors are mayflies in comparison. For $80, I'd like a sturdy, functional product that lasts at least three years. That $80 should be an investment, not a yearly expense. This product is pathetic.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Skinny wire is terrible with pets, no cheap way to replace

    I don't know what it is about the Apple wiring but our cat continually chews on only the skinny white wire. I've had to replace about 7 of these over the course of the past year and am off to the store for more tonight! I wish Apple would make a small plug in for the adaptor similar to the other end with the AC cord so that I wouldn't always need to purchase the white block which I'm sure is the most expensive part.Also if the wiring was thicker it might be more sustainable to damage but I also realize this is as much an issue with my cat as it is the cord. It's just funny though because most of the other wires in our house have been safe and the ones that haven't are no more than $20 to replace. Seems like our cat prefers white or the smell of these. Have tried numerous pet related products as well with no luck. Regardless, it would be helpful to have the option to purchase just the wire making it a cheaper fix. I'm nearing $1000 on chargers!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality

    Although this cable is well designed, the quality is very bad. The rubber jacket (outer layer) will tear with regular use. My cable is close to 2 years old, and there is barely any of the jacket left. The inner metal shielding is exposed throughout. The cable still works, but I am somewhat concerned with safety. I will not spend this much money for something so cheaply made.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Common Problem Apparently

    I never, ever write reviews for products, but I felt compelled to echo what so many others have stated. The little cord managed to wrangle itself from the brick enough to no longer charge my laptop unless I hold it and force it back in. The protective sleeve is okay, but obviously the internal connection has been severed/damaged somehow. Please make the cord magnetic on both ends, or simply make it a plug in (like the wall cord), that way we can buy a $2 replacement cord instead of the $79 unit. I know why that will never happen though...

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FOUR + YEARS ON ONE POWER ADAPTER!

    I'm a "MAC" as the old commercial says. My PB Pro is the 2009 mid-yr version. I use to go thru powercords
    like they were water going thru a sieve. I went thru so many on my older MB's that I ordered them 2 at a
    time so I'd never be without one. Then, I bought this MBP and as was my custom, I ordered a spare
    power plug at the same time.

    I don't know what all the negative reviews are about. It's now Spring 2014, just a few months short of 5 yrs
    since I bought this MB Pro. A couple months ago, I finally replaced the original power plug because the wire
    broke at the white adapter (square).

    This was MY FAULT. I use my MBP in bed and almost always run off the power supply, rather than the battery.
    However, because of how it gets used, everything is constantly being moved around and the block can very easily
    slide off the bed. It took 4 and 1/2 + yrs of this jerking and hanging to finally break the wire within the cord at the block.

    Also, I have 2 little dogs who get tangled in the cord--no problem! The magnetic connection releases so no one
    nor any equipment gets hurt. I love the magnetic connection, it put an end to replacing the power supply every
    6 mos. or so.

    I don't understand the problems everyone is having.

    My block only gets hot if it's been buried under bedding-- unlike the old ones. If that happens, when I notice it,
    I move it out and it immediately cools off.

    If you use the little "catch" (cord minder) a few inches off the magnetic plug to form a loop in the cord,
    there's no stress (bending) of the wire at the plug. Also, it's a good idea, as with any electrical cord, to not
    allow it to get twisted-- or should I say stay twisted. It only takes a second to untwist the cord when that
    happens. You can't expect to continually twist any wire without it eventually breaking.

    Perhaps people need to be a little more aware of how they treat the cords or, perhaps, the supplier or specs
    changed since I got mine but I sure can't complain about the quality of the ones I bought almost 5 yrs ago.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Durability

    Always breaking. They do not last unless you never ever move them.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Product

    This charger constantly gets frayed and the heads fall off of the cable due to the moronic design. Though meant to stay out of the way when plugged in, it often gets twisted and turned when plugged in. I have been through 3 of these in 2 years, absolute worst.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't fail until nearly 4 years of ownership

    I've had my MacBook Pro for nearly 4 years, and with daily use, transporting computer and cord in my bag all over the place, I haven't had issues with the cord until the last month. The coating had a small split a couple inches from the mag end. I wrapped the coating back around it, secured it with a couple inches of tape and waited till I could replace it.

    This is a good cord, I wrap it carefully around the tabs on the block making sure not to twist it more than necessary, and it's lasted me this long. If so many people are having issues where they're needing to replace it every few months, maybe they are the ones doing something wrong.

    5 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    stop selling this product apple

    I have numerous apple products as I do music and video production. I hang onto my 17inch mac pro which was 2000 pound at the time. I have had 4 of these chargers, 2 of them over the last year. I have never known any product have so much genuinely negative feedback and apple are still selling it!!! I am at the point where I just want rid of this mac pro but don't want to sell it because I know people won't be satisfied like I'm certainly not. You have turned into a huge company now so please don't annoy customers like me who have given you support over the years and recommended you to so many people. I just want a charger that works!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointment over time

    I've had a macbook pro for years so I have experienced different versions of the magsafe power adapter. They all have the same flaw. after some time, maybe a year, it starts to melt the cover exposing the cable. This slowly evolves to the cable burning itself out and not even having contact with the computer. It is truly disappointing how apple has not solved this issue when its been well over 6 years.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incomprehensible

    It is beyond comprehension that Apple still manufactures cords like this. Between the Powerbook I used to have, and the Macbook Pro I have now, I am about to purchase my SIXTH cord. Because I know they are poorly designed, I try to be very careful with the cord, but yet they still fail. It is completely frustrating that Apple does not fix this problem. Perhaps they make money this way? If so, it really is off-putting. I did buy a knock-off cord once that lasted at least as long as the Apple cords, for $40 less!.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't be worse

    The same problem as everyone has mentioned; the charger melts down.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW! Keep that receipt!

    On my third 85W MagSafe charger in 6 months, at least they are under warranty for a year! The downside is a trip to the Apple store which is like 60 minutes back and forth.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It frays!

    This cord lasts way too short for the price!! It frays within a year and then breaks on you. Even with proper care, it just frays at the end because of bending.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Engineering

    These power adapters fail between the power brick and the mag safe connector. Then when they do fail, you have to replace the entire adapter. Modularize this product a bit more and you will have something that you can be truly proud of.

    Whoever designed this product should be sentenced to a liftime of wiggling the power cable around in hopes of seeing that green light on the MagSafe connector.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great profit! (for you of course)

    In my case the cable didn t fray. The hole thing just died. Only a year since I bought my MBP, and I m very careful with it.
    Of course you already know this problem, and are not willing to solve it because that s also your business.
    I m really disappointed.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Power Supply

    Okay so I thought I just had bad luck with power cords but apparently Apple just makes bad cords. I have had my Macbook Pro for a little over 3 years and have gone through 3 power supplies. After reading these reviews I see that I have the same problems everyone else is having with them fraying at the mag end where it connects to the computer. Having to constantly spend $80 dollars on replacements is way too much especially when all I need is the cord from the brick to the laptop and not the entire power supply. Come on Apple get it together.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality at a premium price

    My power cord was broken right from the point where it connects to the adapter. I taped it to prevent further damage, but when the tape melted I realized something nasty was going on. It was horribly hot. It could have started a fire.

    Why the joint is not more rugged? Why is the outer cable (that covers the inner cable like a shield) so thin?

    Apple has to ix this, this is unacceptable!

    14 of 14 people found this useful