• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac book charger - a dud!

    Like many other users our charger cord frayed and subsequently stopped charging. My 11 year old son lugged our computer from Vancouver to Toronto and back so he would have entertainment on the plane ... Nope! The charger died and so did his entertainment. I have just plugged it in at home to see if I could finangle it into working ... only to be met with a spark emitting from the damaged fray. Suffice it to say I am glad it was me working with it, not my son AND I am happy we weren't on the plane with sparks flying. So off I go to spend another $89 (before tax) so we can charge the computer we bought from Apple. You're a bright innovative company ... Can't you provide a better option?

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT WORTH $90

    This is a great concept that once again is over-priced and not manufactured to the required quality. I've gone through 2 of these in the last 3 years now and both times they frayed right at the connection to the AC Adapter. This product is NOT WORTH $90. Only buy this if you have to.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The power cord failed... again.

    My power cord has frayed for the second time in 1 year. The charger that I received in the box lasted about 2.5 years with minimal issues until the power cord frayed at the charger block end. I scheduled an appointment at the Genius Bar to get a new one and was told that I needed to changed the way I wrapped and stored the cord. She assured me that this will extend the life of my charger. The charger unit was replaced.

    Flash forward to last week when my power cord began fraying at the exact same spot as the one before. I listened to the Genius and stored my charger with a loop at the top and then a simple wrap around the flat edge of the charger. This time, the thing lasted less than a year.

    I'm sick of having to replace my power units simply because of a design flaw. I've owned 4 MacBooks in my lifetime and each has had a power cord issue. This needs to be fixed NOW. Use the MagSafe connecter on both ends of the power cord so I don't have to shell out $80 on a design flaw.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Geniuses are Obviously stupid!

    let me start by saying that I love my laptop works great. But if these idiots at apple think I'm going to pay 80 dollars plus shipping, handling and tax for a cord they've got another thing coming! I spent a fortune investing in a good laptop and at the end of the day i have to replace the CORD. The cord that i have now has literally fallen apart, the white stuff that protects the cord started to fray and eventually the whole thing fell off! So i did what anyone who doesn't want to waste $80 did I wrapped it in cord tape. That worked for about 2months then it stopped working. Now I'm forced to share a cord with my mother!!! which means that if I'm trying to get work done and my laptop hits 25% i still have to wait while hers charges up! Thanks a lot apple! I might as well go out and buy a garbage computer who's charger works in the long it will probably save me money!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Follow the Instructions people!!

    Most of these comments are accurate to a degree. My first cable frayed after about a year. I had to replace the entire power adapter and stumbled upon some important details in the new packaging. Your cord will last longer if you follow the detailed directions in how to care of it. I have wrapped it accordingly and a year later my adapter is perfect. Another tip is to ditch the little adapter connection that comes with the MacBook Pro and use the longer power cord option. This step alone will eliminate the increased tension on the adapter altogether. Most never use this cable, but I use it all the time. I would have given them 5 stars but the concept of having a frayed cable shouldn't exist when you’re paying $1800 for a freakin laptop. Come on Apple, get you head out of your.......

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable Longevity & Durability

    I look after my cords. My power adapter cables have never frayed, rather they just stop working, ceasing to charge my notebook. I've been through about 4 sets of these, pretty disappointing.

    On the positive I love the design of this connector, with legs crossed I can sit with my computer in my lap and -UNLIKE the T shaped connector- the cord won't pop out!

    These should not stop working within 6 months of each other when I take such good care of them!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    dreadful

    I've just had my second MagSafe Power Adapter in two years, fail on me. £65 is a lot of money to pay for something of such poor quality.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    5 years: 3 chargers

    It is so enraging to have yet another charger quit on me. The first came undone at the end that connects to the computer. The second just mysteriously quit working after a year. How can Apple make so many amazing products and 1 really awful one? They obviously do NOT care about customer feedback, or else they would have come up with a fix.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terribly quality, terrible price

    £65 for a unit designed to fail in a year or two?! Thin cable broke next to the transformer unit, following standard use. Sort it out apple!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This power supply is terrible

    Today I purchase my THIRD power supply. The first frayed. The second frayed AND fried my computer. So I had to pay to get that fixed because it was still cheaper than buying a new one. And now, 6 months later, my THIRD one frayed and I have no option to prevent this laptop from being worthless, but to purchase another one. So I have invested over 500 bucks just to keep this laptop up and running. Ridiculous. I have 5 macs...4 Ipads...3 iphones...for my home and business, think I am dedicated to Apple! But to milk its customers for replacement parts because of a poor design is terrible. I have never had an issue with a power supply, even way back when I was a PC user and hamsters ran the CPU. But here I am throwing away a power supply that works if ONLY I had a cord connected to it. Where is the "GREEN" in that??? Terrible...very disappointed and it will definitely effect any future purchases. I have bought Apple to stay away from these issues, not to pay even more just to use my computer. Is my loyalty and the loyalty of a lot of others worth the investment in a little redesign??? I hope so or I am heading elsewhere.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thanks to reviewers

    Thanks to all the reviewers' experience I took my 85 watt MS1 downstairs to the workshop and repaired the frayed cable myself, saving some dough that I believe many who have, shouldn't have had to..

    I must agree that a company that builds such quality hardware could give their product planners some more leeway to build a more durable power supply. Just my two cents, having worked for a premier consumer electronics company for nearly a decade, fighting many of the same battles.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely awful

    Shame I can't give this piece of trash 0 stars!

    Great while it works, really nice design. The magnet idea is awesome. Great solution but I am about to buy my THIRD charger in four years. This is absolutely ridiculous!! I would be more than happy to sacrifice some of the nice aesthetics for a product that was not so flawed. This style doesn't even have any copper wire in, so virtually no strength to the cable whatsoever. It lasted half as long as the original T-style one that came with my MBP, which did have copper. Stupid thing split the sheath then frayed right at the connection to the brick, AGAIN. Luckily, this one didn't completely just fall out with no chance of repair. I have been able to solder this one but it just won't hold its strength (too much flex near the base). I feel almost like Apple are trying to sabotage me and my business with this repeat failing. I'm not the only one, I've seen people in the apple store with this exact problem. Many of these reviews. Why have they come up with such a good solution on the connector but can't get the basic, ESSENTIAL part right?? The very delivery of power! Its MAIN and PRIMARY FUNCTION. All well and good having it jump out if someone trips on the cable but what's the point if that cable isn't doing anything!!!!!

    Not impressed. At all. Sort it out.
    I seriously have to pay £65 for something that is guaranteed to break in a year or two?
    Thanks for nothing.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ahhh,...that new cord smell

    I normally don't write reviews online. However I hoped to increase the average rating of the measly 1.5 stars the power adapter is currently sitting at. I'm assuming that most people who write reviews are the ones who are upset, hence the poor rating.

    As for my personal experience, yes, fraying did get me in the end. However it took nearly four years to get to that point. The laptop never just sat in one place either, I've dragged this laptop in a backpack coast to coast across Canada on a half dozen occasions, plus one backpacking trip up and down the US west coast.
    That being said, its really beyond me how people are having these "fraying" issues and replacing them every six months...like some of the other reviewers on here have mentioned, it is very "suspect" on how these people are treating their investments, a little TLC can go a long way! Here's to another 4 years :-D

    8 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    I am not onto my third adapter in three years.
    - Product breaks easily
    - Following the instructions to wind and care for the adapter seem to make it worse
    - Very expensive to replace
    On the plus side, the magnetic connection is quite handy.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SO NOT HAPPY WITH THIS CHARGER!!

    I purchased my Mac Book Pro (which I love) in early 2011. I am now headed towards my 3rd power cord!!! The first time the cord frayed near the connector and this time it has frayed near the power brick. It is an absolute travesty that Apple has not yet developed a replacement CORD for this charger, especially given the client feedback. There a probably millions of operational power bricks with frayed cords sitting in our landfills. SHAME ON YOU, APPLE!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Same song...

    I too have had my MacBook Pro for 18 months. After reading these reviews I can see that I'm probably not the cause of my frayed charger cord! It's amazing to me that Apple can make such an awesome computer & can't have an awesome charger to go with it.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lucky I guess

    I have had my oldest cord since December 2007 and my newest since May 2011 and I have never had them frayed. I am repurchasing only because it got lost in transit. Not sure how others' fray, but I guess I am just lucky.!?

    5 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not at all clever

    I have had 3 (THREE) of these power cords so far and two of them were disabled when my cat chewed the cord (ONE bite and the cord was completely useless). This is an extremely flimsy design. There is nothing clever about it. I've never had such a problem with my PC laptop cords, which are more substantial.

    My current problem with my laptop is that it's not charging. The power cord doesn't appear to have any breaks so it may be the battery. Again - my PCs are much more resilient. If I didn't like the operating system on the Mac so much, I'd stop buying Apple products all together. The hardware is of inferior design (being snazzy only gets you so far) and costs too much.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fray, fray and fray again

    Dear Apple. I have tonight to go and buy my THIRD cable in so many years. They keep fraying as many, many unsatisfied customers before me have written yet you keep making them, frail as they are.
    This is ridiculous.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very bad quality of the cord

    Third charger in two years because of the cord being worn off at the weak spots and eventually not working. Will they fix this?

    7 of 8 people found this useful