• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The old design was much better!

    I'm on my third charger in 5 years. My previous two were both the 'T' shaped connector rather than the 'L' shaped connector found on the current model. I have a HUGE problem with the design of the new adapters, which is that they essentially undermine the entire purpose of the magsafe connector. With the 'T' connectors, if your cord got pulled or tripped over, it would harmlessly detach from the laptop, no matter what angle it was pulled from. When using a charger with an 'L' connector, if the cord is pulled from straight behind the laptop, the edge of the magnetic contact catches in it's port, and your laptop goes soaring off of whatever surface it was sitting on. Because of the way the cord is shaped, it rarely gets pulled from any other angle. This seems like a huge oversight to me. Wasn't the original point of these magnetic connectors to protect us from this sort of thing? I understand that the 'T' shaped connectors would fray over time, but this solution actually causes worse problems. These adapters need a serious redesign.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    I purchased this charger as a replacement for the original charger than came with my MAC because of the same problem. Fraying on the cords so significant that the charger stopped working. Certainly one would expect after spending what it cost to buy a MAC that the cord would be better built. Now charger #2 has done the exact same thing. MAC must fix this problem in a significant way!

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacing power supply.

    Purchased a replacement power adapter in October 2011 after the original one stopped working. It's March 2012 and the second one stopped working too! Kind of limited on how to supply power to my laptop, so I have to buy another one! I'm not too impressed!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    after a week, new cord already showing damage again

    I had to buy a new adapter because the cord was frayed down to the wire in several places. I am very gentle with my equipment. When I showed it to the tech in the store I was told it was "normal wear and tear" or that I must have damaged with a vacuum cleaner - I didn't. So I had to buy a new one for $ 80. Now the brand new cord already has a nick in the covering again! How is that possible?

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    apple quality control?

    Been with apple for a very long time. Replaced this within a year on a new macbook pro (out of warranty), replaced one on a macbook air last month (still on warranty) and internal speaker on wife's iPhone doesn't work (one year old and no abuse}. Seems apple has gotten to the point where advertising and revenues are more important than
    the product quality. Too bad!

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible! Read your reviews, Apple!

    Dear Apple, I've been a loyal customer for years and have had problems with the same thing over and over again... Your power cords. My iPhone cords have broken at the connecting point as well as my MacBook Pro 2010 power cord. At the connecting point at the power block where the plastic piece goes into the block, the cord has frayed and actually caused a fire. Now I'm being forced to buy another $80 replacement cord simply due to failure of the build? This is not the way to treat your customers. Change your cord design please! I never had an issue with my pc and trust me, I abused the thing. I've babied my cords and apple products due to the price that I paid for them, but being a college student, I have to pack up and carry it around quite often. Several times a day. We didn't pay a leg for the computer just to have our fingers chopped off for a cord. This is disgraceful. Please, please make these things more durable. I don't even have enough money to replace it so now I'm stuck using computers on campus (an hour away from home).

    Please read your reviews. I've not had another problem but this $80 monster (FOR A CORD?!) is hurting you. Your replacement cords have 1-2 stars out of 5. Does this make you happy?

    407 of 416 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New/Updated design WORKS GREAT and is extremely DURABLE!

    I have a mid-2008 MBP that I love! Never had any problems with the original power adapter (attached with the cord making a T shape from the MagSafe connector). There has been a recall for the original power adapters because they have been fraying, the new adapters (L shaped) work just as well and are a little more beefy at the connections, preventing them from fraying and is a little more flush to the body of the MBP.

    Take the previous reviews from others with a grain of salt, they are probably for the old design and/or wound the cords very tight causing extreme stress to the power cords. I am a graduate student and travel every weekend, my cords are constantly being wound up and unwound...no signs of deterioration or fray at all.

    It is safe to say that this is a great adapter and that Apple stands by their products 115%. From my experience, Apple will replace any product if one ever falls below their standards! Never doubted Apple for a minute, and never will... Thank you Apple!

    10 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Going for number 4

    I am now buying the fourth adapter in a little over three years. They keep breaking on me without any good reason.
    Really poor product and no alternative available.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst piece of garbage ever

    I signed up just to write this review. Today my fourth MagSafe charger stopped working for no reason what-so-ever. I bought this newest charger just 2 weeks ago for 80 euros. If you buy this product, this is the kind of life-span you can expect for your charger. Even the cheap knock-offs last much longer.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a reliable product

    This product should be made with higher gauge wire just for reliability purposes. I'm not on my third magsafe. My prior one laster a year and a month, even the original one that came with my macbook pro in 2008 laster 3 years, and thats the one with the class action lawsuit. It's only a matter of time before the new design results in a class action lawsuit.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Booooo!

    Sorry to say it, but this product stinks. Perhaps apple feels we have no alternative?

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    40 months and I am an anomaly!

    Just had to replace my mag safe charger with this one after 40 months of good use. Apparently that is an incredible run! It's outrageous that three years is exceptional for a basic cable with a magnet on the end. For all the quality and craftsmanship of the computers, please stop making junk accessories to make them work.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Melting Around Prongs

    While I appreciate the magnet power cord, it is very inconvenient as well. I bought my power cord at the beginning of October and it is now March. My problem is, and this happened with my other power cord, is that my computer get's so hot that it melts the plastic (or whatever material used to surround the prongs) on the inside and now one of the prongs is buried underneath. This exact same thing is happening with the other three prongs that remain. It's upsetting that I bought the charger six months ago, and it is already malfunctioning. I love Apple but this "melting" is just ridiculous.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Travel Warning

    I travel extensively with a larger-than-normal amount of electronics ---all of which I take excellent care of. However this is now the second time that a Magsafe Power Adapter (85W) has had a problem with the narrow cord fraying and breaking at the point where it joins the tapered piece on the side of the adapter proper ---despite intentionally trying to "baby" it. I've been using Apple products since 1989, normally recommend them to others, and at first thought that the Magsafe adapter was the most clever design yet for a power adapter. However, although the magnetic connection has worked out okay, the point at which the narrow cord joins to the "power brick" is completely inadequate for real world travel.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ugh

    The power adapter that came with the MBP frayed and fell apart (I tried taping it with electrical tape, but because it frayed near the magnetic connection the tape didn't help). I bought a MagSafe Power Adapter for $79. By the look of its different design than the one that came with the MBP, I thought it would be fine. Not so much. This one actually was worse. Due to heat from the wires near the magnetic connector, the insulating wire covering burned and shredded into a strange gooey mess. Never saw anything like it. Now, I have to buy another one of these?

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ApparentIy 27 months makes my MagSafe a prizewinner!

    Well my MagSafe lasted 27 months and by looking at other reviews that makes it quite out of the ordinary. However I have treated it with kid gloves to make it last that long. Unfortunately it is not nearly long enough for a laptop power supply. I have had several laptops and dozens of other electronic devices over three decades that use similar external "brick" power supplies and have never had a single one go bad before the device it powered died. An excellent example of endurance is the power adaptor that came with my 2004 VAIO laptop. It has taken a beating over the years including a 5-foot drop onto tile that broke the case -- but it still works! It appears that Apple put so much confidence in the magnetic connection reducing the torsion and shear forces on the cable that they cut back on the standard strain reliefs others use so that mere normal movement back and forth will break the conductors at the connectors.
    I did give it 2 stars because it was an innovative design that was super easy to connect and disconnect, was smaller than most adaptors, and relatively light. I could not give it a better rating because 1) the skimpy stress relief reduces its "field life" and 2) the sparking when you plug it into the AC outlet (this happens on both the MagSafes we have) concerns me, startles the cat, and poses a potential fire hazard.
    One final tip, if you buy an extended warranty for your laptop, check to see if it covers the power adaptor.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm REALLY Beginning To Get Annoyed...

    Apple products used to have a guaranteed quality that made me want to buy every single item they made, but now, I'm hesitant to make the purchase if it has the Apple logo on it! What a sad, sad fall from the once-mighty producer.

    I've owned my MBP for almost a year and a half. I paid more than $3500 for it between the processor, screen and everything else, but now, I have to fork over ANOTHER $79 for something that is a mandatory accessory? In 2006, I bought a MacBook. Not Pro, just MB. THE CHARGER ON THAT IS STILL THE ORIGINAL ONE THAT CAME IN THE BOX. It has outlasted six years of abuse (literally -- I abused my MB) and is currently charging my newer MBP whose charger has died.

    Yeah, get your **** together, Apple. It's time.

    70 of 72 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This is getting expensive...

    Just in the past week I had to pay $150 for an out of warranty replacement on my iPhone and now this? $80 for a charger that barely lasted me a year. Where's the superior quality that apple takes pride in?

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it was working at night and stopped next morning

    I can't believe it! It's my second in 2 years, and it's not even like I bang the "crepe" out of it... just regular use!
    All I want is an accessory that will last as long as my computer, nothing else. Isn't it enough what I paid for the macbook pro itself?

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems

    These cords are really expensive, to be sure, but I have had mine for 3 years and have not had a problem with the cord fraying. Plus, I am a college student so am constantly moving my cord and have used it about a million times. Not sure why other people are having trouble with the cord, but I haven't had this issue, as I said, for 3 years of seriously frequent use.

    4 of 12 people found this useful