• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Smart

    Im a Dj and Music Producer, Ive had my macbook pro 15" for two years im also a student. My charger actually fooled me into thinking it was charging during a gig and my laptop died mid concert (BAD FOR ME) the top chord was fray i handled with care when wrapping it because i knew it would happen like when wrapping video game controllers but its still messed up on me i just refuse to pay $80 for a need piece of faulty equipment MagSafe is terrible Apple do better

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    unbelievable...

    I have a 2010 15in macbook pro. And in the 3 years I have had it, I have been through FOUR charging cords. All had the same problem: the wires that connect the charger head to the computer gets messed up so it stops charging. Also these are WAY over-priced! 80$? Really? UGH!!! If I could, I would give this a 0 and not a 1...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Built to last... for a few months.

    I bought a 15" MBP to replace my previous one which I had for 5 years. During that time, I had to replace the charger twice. I bought my current one 13 months ago and had to replace the charger already this week. This one actually caught fire. As with all the others, the poor build quality of the cables results in the rubber just cracking or breaking apart caused by the heat of the charger itself and from being handled (wrapped up, put in a backpack, etc...). Knowing how abhorrent the quality is, you can guess that I handled it pretty gently and never wrapped it so that the cables were bending with any significant strain, but still, the rubber just melted and broke away, leaving exposed wire.

    Contrary to most Apple products, this one clearly was not built for longevity, but most likely for visual appeal, and the poor quality and constant replacements is just an added bonus in profit. Terrible device; Apple should be embarrassed to have their name on it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great power adapter

    This power adapter has worked great for me. I've been using about two years now and it's in great condition. I carry it with me all the time and use it about every other day to charge my MBP. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Terrible Product

    This is probably the worst power cord in the industry. The end of the cord will fray no matter how to hand it. I have never broken any electronic device...always take care of everything I own and this cord frayed and currently has the inner wire exposed.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great... for 12 months.

    I've had my Mac Book Pro for a few days past a year and already my charger has torn and is fraying. It actually seems like everything on my macbook is beginning to default now that I've just passed the end of my one year warranty. This needs to be fixed. I have a pair of apple head phones that I've had for longer than a year and have treated with a lot less love than my charger and they are fine. Obviously Apple knows how to make cords that don't fray.. but just choose not to when they cost $100 to replace -.-

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd power cord failure

    It is very frustrating as I thought it was just me being rough on the power cord, but after reading the other 700 plus reviews that state the same thing and only giving one star Apple should do the right thing by replacing them. The cost of $80 bucks is just crazy for something that won't last!!! If it was $20 bucks I wouldn't be so irritated and I certainly would not be writing a review. I now need a third cord and I find myself looking at alternative MFG's and if they can sell them for so little, what is the problem with Apple? Please explain, someone!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Uncharacteristically terrible Apple product

    I am writing this review because I'm grudgingly buying my FOURTH $80 power adapter for the same MacBook Pro (I've owned the computer for 3 years now). The skinny (computer side of the) cord always frays in exactly the same place next to the brick and then eventually begins smoking. I've brought previous broken power adapters in to the Apple Store and been chastised for mistreating them. However, because I've gone through so many of these things, I've had the chance to try out all the different suggestions they give me to prevent this from happening (e.g., wrap the skinny cable around the little hooks when you travel with it; don't ever wrap the skinny cable around the little hooks when you travel with it; wrap the skinny cable around the hooks but leave some slack next to the brick when you travel with it; disconnect the fat cable on the other side when you travel with it so that the skinny cable side can gingerly sit upright in your bag and not feel mistreated).

    None of these suggestions works. The simple fact of the matter is that the adapter is completely incapable of traveling in a backpack, no matter how delicately you protect it. This is perplexing given Apple's marketing toward students. It is also perplexing that Apple refuses to fix this obvious design flaw despite its long history of making terrible power adapters. My previous PowerBook G4 had an equally flimsy power adapter and I went through two of those as well.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The final straw

    So I've never been super stoked about my MacBook. I have the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) model. When I bought it (refurbished) I was looking forward to being able to project the screen onto my TV via Apple TV. BUT WHOA!!! Wait for it… Nope!! My model doesn't support that. Bad on me for not FULLY RESEARCHING this, but apple makes it very obscure to find out what features are available based on OS/hardware pairings. So the computer is adequate (at best) because mostly I use it for playing games and surfing the internet. But, I often have to shut down the browser or reboot the thing to get my memory back. (It just stops responding). But the FINAL STRAW is when I have to pay $79 for a SUBSTANDARD piece of equipment that is obviously a huge design flaw. YEP like everyone else is saying the power cord is completely frayed at the connector point into the laptop. APPLE, I love my iPhone, but I've bought my only and last laptop from you!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst power cord ever

    I have owned apple laptops since 2001. The round power connecters were basically glorified rca connectors and worked quite well. I never had a problem with those.

    But magsafe has been terrible since day one. Always coming unplugged, fraying, overheating. I would give zero stars if apple allowed. I always have to keep a spare charger and have had to replace the dc-in-board of my laptops repeatedly. Apple, your magsafe is an abject failure of a connector. Magsafe also fails the 'just works' test.

    Magsafe does not work! (Unless the purpose was to extract more $$ from your customers, then: mission accomplished.)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Good

    I absolutely hate you all for this dumb cord I've had my MacBook Pro for 2yrs and this is the second cord I have purchased, so including the cord that came with it this is 3rd one in 2yrs.... To be so brilliant you make stupid cords!!!!! Let's try to make a cord as good as your product

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Going for 3rd charger-junk

    I have had to replace the charger already now after 18 months it is fraying and failing. I was meticulous in how I removed charger plug from the computer. I never touched the cord and yet it decomposes after the 1 yr. warranty period. I asked at the apple store whether there was a recall but they said no. This charger is defective and should be recalled.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor, extremely poor..

    I've just had my 3rd 85w MagSafe power adapter fail on me.

    My adapter is in the one location, they do not get moved from my office desk, yet the end keeps wearing out first the rubberised coating wears out at the "L" shaped end that connects to my MBP, then within months the charger stops charging.

    Not really good enough for the amount of money that you're paying each time. I adore all Apple products but have to say that I loathe the Magsafe Adapters. I really don't understand why Apple don't sell the connector unit on it's own as the adapter and wall plug section is still in perfect working order and it seems that this a waste of money and not that environmentally friendly as each time I've purchased a replacement I have a huge part of the adapter made redundant.

    I would think that with Apple's think tank and so many unhappy customers complaining for so many years that a solution could've been found by now. Or is it a case of finding ways of making perpetual income from Apple devotee's.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy engineering

    Simply put, the cords cannot stand-up to normal traveling use. If the notebook is used, basically, as a desktop, the adapter will have no issues and provide a long service life. If, however, the notebook is used as a portable machine, the cord will deteriorate and fray at either the brick or the magsafe connector end. Apple seems to not consider this an issue. Possibly because of the revenue generated by folks buying replacement adapters. I couldn't say. However, it's a safety concern and an annoying Achilles heel for a product which is otherwise brilliant.

    Apple is capable of making great products, elegantly designed. This, sadly, is not nearly one of them.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed cord, again

    Second adapter I've had now with a frayed cord at the same spot--right near the brick. I can't believe this has happened to so many people and nothing's been done about it.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Holy moly what a bad design!

    I like to work in clamshell mode with one single large desktop screen, and also have to go to meetings a lot. Coming back from a meeting, I have to go through a process of plugging in the power and then gingerly moving the machine into place without knocking the stupid thing out, whereupon clamshell doesn't work and the screen goes blank. Recently it's taken to not supplying any power at all for up to 20 mins after being plugged in before eventually deciding to do it. A colleague's recently burnt out (literally).

    It's the year 2013! If you can't build 100-year old transformer technology reliably by now you need to get out of the component business. This item is £65 with a value for money of nil.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible!

    Does not last more than a year....getting tired of spending $80 every year to get another charger....5th year in a row!! I am switching back to a Windows Laptop instead of a Mac!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One day it worked and the next it didn't

    I've had my computer for 14 months and haven't had a problem until today. Noticed my power supply was at 8% after charging overnight, and the amber or green indicator light was not on. Unplugged, re-plugged, changed outlets, tried to reboot the SMS - no luck. Never a problem until today. Reading the reviews, I have to agree...Apple get your stuff together and stop making such an inferior accessory.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely dissatisfied

    For the third time this year, I'm having to get a new charger due to fraying near the connector. The first time, I thought it stemmed from carelessness on my end. The second time, 8 months later, I was lucky to have caught the problem before the casing of the wire broke so I was able to get it replaced for free. Now, 3 MONTHS LATER, I am about to buy yet another charger because not only was this frayed, and extremely overheated, it was sparking and starting what I considered to be eensy teensy fires. I'm so fed up but I payed an ungodly amount of money for my macbook pro less than years ago and I love it so much. I just wish the charger was comparable......I'm confused about why Apple isn't doing more to address and solve this problem especially since so many people are having it.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another negative experience

    I have taken extremely good care of my cord/computer. I am on my third cord. This one is the flat magnetic bar that lays along the computer and I am noticing the difference in the material the cord is made from. Apple has changed the cords, thankfully, but to me that is an indication that there were problems with the previous design. Some compensation for this would seem appropriate considering the sheer number of repeated occurrences of this problem.

    5 of 5 people found this useful