• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should be ashamed of itself

    Seeing 900 or more reviews of 2 stars or less, Apple should be ashamed. Perhaps another "maps apology" is in order -- and new chargers. I'm less than a year from replacing my first power charger due to fraying, and I just noticed it's started again. I am careful with how I use it, practically babying it. I'm so not impressed, Apple. At least lower the price to about US$ 20 from the current $79.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent charger

    My only concern in the charger cord where it meets the connector that links to the computer is turning green. I'm not sure if that means I should get a new one or not. Besides that it's been working fine for many years.

    2 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Rumors are True

    The rumors of the adapter breaking are true. Although, in some cases, it takes longer than others. Mine lasted me 4.5 years, and now it's on it's last leg. I agree that you should be able to buy the cord separately, but in the meantime, you can always buy a cheaper off-brand model from a different website. However, I just did that, and the cheap-o model lasted roughly 4 days.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple power cords are worst ever

    I used pc laptops for 13 years and never had a problem with power cords. They were always going strong when I replaced the computer. I switched to mac, and the power cords are basically disposable. My wife and I take good care of them, but something inside them breaks the connection. Apple replaced one, but for the rest they said the warranty did not cover them. My understanding is that they only did that because of a class action lawsuit. I would understand one bad cord or if just one of us had a problem, but they ALL stop working. What's apple's problem with this product!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    yep. horrible. frayed.

    I have to go out and purchase another. the first one lastest about 3 years but this second one didn't last eight months. because the first one frayed, I was much more careful with this one, too.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    To all the people who call us whiners, you don't know what you are talking about. I've had my macbook pro for 2.5 years, and I've gone through 6-7 adapters, I've begun to lose count. I'm never harsh with them, I don't let my pets near them, and they all break in the same way, fraying near the box. All I ever do is plug them in, charge them, and let the box sit on the floor. So far the longest one has lasted is six months, usually it's only two or three, one even broke within three weeks. This is an awful product, and from the looks of it, enough people have mentioned it that apple should know. Shame on them for not doing anything about it. I don't want to spend $80 over and over to deal with their shoddy work.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Power cord is Prone to fraying.

    I have only had my computer for less than two years. And while I enjoy the computer I have had to ante-up and pay to get a new cord during the first year. The plastic near the top of the magnet began fraying and exposed the wire. Which I figured no problem it came free with the computer maybe that's just how it is. So I got a new cord and within a week of my getting it the part near the power supply popped out. I was not too concerned because at least it was still charging my computer. However in the last couple days it's not even doing that anymore. The most it can do is prevent my computer from loosing more power. So now I have to pay up yet again for another power cord. For how expensive things are you think you'd make a good product that wouldn't fray so easily.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    does what its supposed to do

    i dont know why people complain about the power adapter fraying or tearing. if you take care of it (wrap it correctly) then you wont have a problem. been using mine for about a year and no tears or anything of the sort. i mean, its a power cord. wrap it up right and youll be fine. the only problem i have is the price. $80 for a power adapter is a little steep but it is apple. 4 oout of 5 for that, otherwise it does what its meant to do.

    3 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No idea why so many people complain

    I've used a half-dozen chargers over the last several years and since the MagSafe 2 came out, I've not had a problem with fraying. If you take even a reasonable amount of care in handling the charger and cable you shouldn't have any problems. I plug and unplug my cable on a daily basis and move it to/from work. With MagSafe 2 I've never had any issues.

    3 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible product

    £65 for a charger unit which only works intermittently and needs a lot of fiddling and setting in the exact right position is extortion. The magsafe end of the unit should be replaceable since that is the bit that goes wrong. If there was a 3rd party unit available, I'd buy it instead.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the many reasons I shan't be buying another Mac

    I'm a bit of a cheapskate, hence I *only* payed £1500 for my laptop. I really resent paying £65 for a power cable that doesn't last through (or is valid under) my warranty.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pins stuck again

    This is my second charger and once again the pins are sticking so I can't get a good connection to charge. Apple replaced my first one for free no questions asked, and I'm hoping they will do the same one more time. The magnetic charger is a great idea, but these sticking pins are extremely annoying. There is also extreme heat generated with both chargers. I have had my Macbook Pro 15 for about three years and the charger is still better than the other laptops despite the pins sticking, but this is frustrating. I would gladly pay the $80 if I had any faith I won't have the same problems starting again in 6 months.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I have a love/hate relationship with Apple, Inc. This adapter falls on the hate side. You will get one year usage at the maximum which, is absolutely ridiculous considering its price! The cords tear quite easily. Do yourself a favor and purchase elsewhere for half the price. After all, what's the purpose of owning a Macbook Pro if you can't keep it charged! I gave it a 1 star rating for the number of years I've been able to use my power adapter.

    28 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality - Apple needs to recall

    I have been using Apple products since 1988 and am a genuine Mac addict. My original 2007 MacBook Pro adapter lasted nearly 4 years, but due to wear and tear, I had to replace it. 18 months after that £65 replacement, the cord has frayed and will no longer work - rendering my laptop unless I fork out another £65.

    Apple used to have concern about the quality of it's products. A 2/5 rating for any product would simply not be good enough... and it isn't - the Magsafe 85 adapter is simply not fit for purpose. It needs to be recalled and redesigned - or is Apple more concerned about the bottom line rather than customer satisfaction?

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Smelled burning

    i need to get this replaced already. Have had my Macbook Pro for 10 months. power cord split with tiny wires exposed, started to smell burning while my kids were on Macbook, I had Just noticed the slight split in cord last night.
    It should be made more durable. Need a recall on this. :(

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    These chargers cables are garbage

    It's time for my annual condemnation of the apple chargers - that's because once a year, regardless of how careful I am with my charger, the cable frays and then ceases to work. Apple won't replace them - so that's another $79 out my pocket. I hate these chargers.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow my first Apple complaint

    This is my first Apple laptop purchase. I owned my MacBook Pro 15 for little over a year. I think the cord is poorly designed just as the first generation.

    I think the cord should have been thicker to begin with.

    This should be recalled just as the previos generation. Hopefully a better redesigned.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Power cable not fit for purpose

    I have been an Apple customer since 1986 and most of the products have been great. However the power cables are not fit for purpose. My MacBook pro has had two in 18 months. If Apple cared about its customers still it would have done something about this by now. It is not good enough.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It does the job but...

    I've had my Macbook Pro for a little over a year and made the mistake of sitting the computer on its edge and crimping the cord. Shortly after it did start to fray and the shielding started to show but the computer still charged. The only disturbing side effect was now on occasion if I was plugged in I could feel a build up of static electricity and would get the occasional jolt.

    I really feel that there is a design flaw in that you must replace the whole power supply for a cord that seems to fail often.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    its fine

    You people are whiners. If you can find it cheaper buy it somewhere else. Google it. I'm only replacing mine after 2 years because one of the pins in the L connector got pushed in some how, so i "have to position it just right to get the magnetic thingy to work." If your connector is wobbly when you plug it in to your computer, look INSIDE IT, something, MIGHT BE IN THE WAY. I have kids, so I'm surprised it's lasted this long. Durability should never be an issue. Are you using your adapter for nun-chucks or something? It should just sit, and be still while you compute. If you're not computing, what are you doing to your adapter? It was just fine until you touched it.

    1 of 29 people found this useful