• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another busted cable...

    I am joining the ranks of the discontented here.

    My power adapter cable has also frayed and degenerated at the adapter end.

    This also happened on a G4 I had, and on an original clam shaped MacBook.
    In other words this problem ain't new!

    Why can't they make the adapters modular so you just replace the cable, then when it goes just like the i-phone/pod/pad cables do it isn't a great expense to replace?

    Boo.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord keeps breaking

    Every cord I've ever had comes loose just below the magnetic connector and it breaks in less than a year. Very frustrating they all fall apart. Magnetic design has more potential than this.

    38 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted only 16 months

    Frayed cable after 16 months. Agree with other reviewers: Apple should provide a cable replacement between the computer and power transformer for a few dollars rather than $79 for a whole new unit.

    43 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable

    I've had my macbook pro just over a year and the bat charger cable has disintegrated from the laptop end for no apparent reason not very good for a product of this cost

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Melting cord

    My MacBook Pro is 2 years old - and I'm on my 3rd power adapter. The keep melting/breaking at both ends - near the magnetic part and the brick part. The cable is just too thin with thin shielding.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Chargers in 2 years

    I have now gone through four chargers since 2010 when I bought my laptop. It breaks in the same place - right below the magnetic connector. I always make sure my cable is stored loosely and not wound tight around the power box. I always make sure to be gentle when unplugging my computer and yet I have gone through four chargers. I'm tired of paying $79 plus tax for something that should hold up to normal use. I work online and if I can't charge my computer, I can't work.

    I'm tired of replacing these chargers. I spent $2000 on my laptop and would expect the chargers to work. It's not an unreasonable demand.

    43 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord melted

    Had mine for about just over a year. It seems like the cord actually melted away from the power supply. Not cool.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely Unreliable

    I replaced my original about 15 months after it went 'pop' (guess the jacket was worn out internally). The jacket of the new cable is now split at the power brick despite treating it ridiculously carefully whenever I move it (no sharp kinks etc). Will be back to the Apple shop some time this week. As I've had it 15 months I expect I'll have to shell out another £65.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's only as durable as how you treat it.....

    I have had a MacBook Pro since early 2009, and I have never experienced a failure in any one of my chargers. If you wad instead of wind the charger up, yes it will eventually tear. If you sling it around like an anchor, yes it will break. Treat it like you would your iPhone for crying out loud, people! These magsafe chargers are lightyears ahead of a pc charger anyway.

    8 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    My second one just died. And of course my AppleCare plan expired 6 weeks ago

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrid Charger

    This is the 3rd time I've had to replace my charger in less than a year. I love my computer, but I cannot stand the charger. PLEASE do something about this. I mean 80 bucks for a piece of junk after I spent so much money already... I know you have the technology, every other laptop's charger can withstand use. So disappointing but I still have to buy another one so I can actually use my computer which has all my information on it.It always burns and discolors right at the top of the piece that plugs into the computer.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Biggest piece of garbage

    On my 3rd charger in 5 years. They break way too easily. Flimsy design and workmanship from Apple!

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Zero Star if I Could

    I have only had my Mac for 6 months or so. I am on my third 85WMagSae Power Adapter. At $80 a pop I cannot afford more. So after the next time I will sell the Mac and go back to a regular computer. Have tried to get help, ask Mac what to do and can't get through. Don't have a Mac Store near my city either. Love the Mac Pro but cannot deal with this adapter mess.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor workmanship and a fire hazard

    After shelling out 2000+ for a computer, you would expect the 80.00 power adapter to last more than a year, especially when you care for it as if it is made of glass. For years I have known these things to be fragile and so I keep it in one place where it can't get pulled on and it still frays apart forcing me to spend more money on a new one.

    Word to the wise: when it gets frayed and the wire is exposed, don't use it!!! My co-worker had his computer go up in smoke in our laboratory, almost burned the place down. Luckily the cord is long and could safely be unplugged, while a labcoat was thrown on top before it actually caught fire. In the end, computer was a little charred and the company decided to replace rather than risk another incident. We were the only lab with mac at our institute and now they are going to refuse to buy mac laptops, that's what apple gets for selling garbage for gold.

    Sadly, I see this is not the only account of fire hazard cords. You would think that at this price, apple would be more careful, but I guess they are waiting for someone to die and get sued... Will be an easy settlement with all this documentation on the internet already.

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Thing About Macs

    You'd think a company as smart and innovative as Apple would make a charger that doesn't fall apart all the time. Well, think different.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    RIP Power Cord after Only 5 Months

    My AC adapter died only 5 months after I purchased my MBP. My husband is an electrian and determined that there was no power coming from the power adapter. Just so happens that I have a final paper due for a graduate class and now there is nothing I can do since power cord is dead and MBP won't turn on do I can work on my paper, which my professor doesn't excusel

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why not fix it?

    The charger on my MacBook pro never seems to work. I end up having to replace it once a year. How is it that a CHARGER with no battery element can "die." The charger to the first laptop I purchased in 2001 still works, all other chargers for other devices still work, yet for some reason a BRAND new Apple MacBook Charger produced in 2011 can't make it a year? It's bologna.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please fix this design flaw.

    Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (for 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro).

    I've given this product 1 star as I've just had to order a second replacement for the original that came with the machine. The first replacement lasted 13 months and has failed at the point at which the MagSafe cable connects to the power brick. This is despite very careful use. Come on Apple. This is £130 I have had to spend to continue to use my MacBook Pro. Poor to say the least.

    38 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design, lousy manufacturing

    On two of these I have had the white cord starting to peal off. One was exchanged under warranty, I am stuck with the other. A third one just died on me after 4 years. Come on Apple, get your act together !

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Number 3, here I come...

    The design is horrible. There is little to no structural integrity at the connection of the adapter body and the cord running to the computer. Today marks the day I buy my third power adapter for the same computer, because of this problem. The problem seems to lie in the sleeve of the cable. Over time, the sleeve tends to pull out of the coupler on the adapter body. The coupler is made much too small and not nearly as rigid as it should be.

    27 of 27 people found this useful