• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, frays easily, awkward...

    I'm at my wits' end-- this is the 3rd time that I am replacing a power cord for my laptop, and that's after extending their lives with electric tape! The cords seem almost designed to fray quickly. Mine has frayed near the laptop connector just a year in.

    Apple, not everybody has a perfect workstation at home to keep the cord in their "optimal geometry." Apple, for $80 you should be providing quality cords that can withstand some curving now and again. That's part of the convenience of having a light laptop. Otherwise, Apple, you should certainly be replacing frayed cords for free.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frays in only 5 month.

    I had gotten this cord only 5 months ago, and now the end with the end to charge is cracking and starting to fray. In my mind, I wasn't being harsh on the cord, just normal use (plugging it in at my desk, sitting with it at the table, etc.) where you would think the integrity of the design will hold up. Now i have to keep wrapping it in electrical tape to keep from killing myself or spend ANOTHER $85 to get a replacement, its not like I already shoveled my money to them when I bought the darn computer!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak magnet bad design

    The magnet always disconnects. Especially if you are working with the laptop in your lap. If you sit it down on couch, it disconnects. If you move at all, it disconnects. The T design makes it easy to bump and disconnect.

    The good part, it does stay connected, if charging on a desk with no one near it.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at first, then overheated and frayed

    This power adapter worked for awhile, then it began to get EXTREMELY hot and now the cord is frayed and the wires are exposed.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Oh no! It broke :(

    I like the strength of the magnet because when anyone gets tangled in it, the cable doesn't take the entire laptop down. However, my cable ended up breaking near the power box after half a year of using it. Not the best design.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor construction

    Not really a big fan on what is happening to Apple products in the past 5 years. Specifically of this review of the MagSafe 2 85w power adapter I had two incidents. The first incident was the original adapter it came with my macbook pro shorting out within one year. Second would be the new adapter I had to buy after the short, the cord began to tear.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd MagSafe 2 Power Adapter showing wires to me

    Going to buy the 3rd MagSafe 2 Power Adapter in 3 years!
    Literally they work for 1.5 year before the rubber isolation cracking.

    Well, in fact the major disappointment is related to quality of all cables produced by Apple.

    The same case with lightning cables.

    The people which was near me in Apple Store suggested to buy (another licensed vendor) lightning cables (which are cheaper!!!) because of poor quality of Apple cables.

    Can you please share with 3rd party vendors license for producing of your MagSafe 2 Power Adapters? So, there will be at least a chance to have a good quality power adapter.

    Thanks in advance!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Short lifespan

    Bought in 2013, and lasted a year before the cord began to fray and connectivity was inconsistent. One of the few apple products that is not only poorly designed (what is this block design?) but also of poor quality. I am hoping the next generations is better.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Longevity Issues

    I'm willing to spend the extra money on Apple products because they are usually high quality items with beautiful design. This charger has not lived up to the standards I'm used to with this company. The sheathing was super thin and allowed for frayed wires to hang out. I would expect for this product to last more than 2 years as all of my other Apple products have (including earbuds and usb cables). Will have to purchase another even though I don't want to spend the money on a flawed product.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why, Apple? Why?

    With my 2010 White Unibody Macbook charger, I have never ONCE replaced it within the 4 years I've had it. I purchased my Macbook Pro 1 year ago and I am already having to purchase another $80 charger. This is absurd. Apple, PLEASE listen to your consumers and get your cords back to the quality that they were previously!

    As far as it doing its job, it charges my Macbook and does it well. Only complaint there is that the brick heats up quickly and gets me worried about placing it on certain surfaces. The extension cord is pretty durable.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Its a Okay Charger

    The reason for the 2 star is that this charger detaches way to easily and as far as the magnetic feature it doesnt always just connect, its a fairly durable charger and it charges pretty quickly but its the not the apple quality that is usually given with is company

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Function, Not Durable

    Like everyone else my cord frayed. This came with my first macbook ever and I treat it like my baby. Cord started to split open near the laptop and exposing wires. Patched it with tape, but it just happened more and got super sketchy to use because it looks dangerous. I think the little clip for coiling the cord gets too tight if the cord is hot. Still, it is a silly problem to have as I've never had a cord fray like that on me and I'v had several laptops. It also looks like the T tip is a backwards step from the L tip because it is ill suited for charging from the far side of the computer which just so happens to be the direction I always have to charge from.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible improvement

    Please bring back the original MagSafe! MagSafe 2 is an antidote to improvement! IT is horrible; while the original one stayed in, it was small and sleek, and the cord faced towards the back - huge help, this new one is bigger, sticks out too much, gets knocked out way to easy. The cord sticks straight out, which is not helping the issue. I have not had issues with fraying yet, but I ve only had a computer for a few months. If only MagSafe was compatible with the new Pro, I would use that instead.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple needs to use better cable materials

    Please improve the charger cable at least on the newer MacBook pros. The current cable is not good. The magnet works fine but the cable is fragile under normal use.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't Stay In

    I don't know why Apple can't leave well-enough alone. The older version of the MagSafe adapter was great. It had a low profile and sat very close to the body of the computer. This one sticks out 3cm from the side at 90 degrees. As a result, it catches on things and pulls out constantly. I frequently grab the computer with my right hand from the right side and place it onto a flat surface. If you do this, the cord hits the table and comes out, disconnecting the power. Is this really the work of an engineering team? This is the improved design they came up with? Where is Donald Trump when you need him? "You're Fired!!"

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Design review

    We use about 10 rMBPs (2012) at work and have yet to have a power supply failure. Many of these are used for field work, so they are not babied. I have also used mine at home as a true LAPtop for years. Overall, I love the Magsafe concept. The power port on most laptops is their Achilles' heel. That said, it is amazing how tone-deaf Apple is to their customers. It's actually been my primary issue with Apple as a company and one of the factors keeping me (and I suspect, many others) away from Apple products. That said, just in case anyone at Apple is listening at all (ha!).

    1. An "L" shaped magsafe connector seems an obvious choice. As pointed out, the added leverage of a straight connector will overcome even a very strong (for its size) magnet too easily.
    2. I've encountered the issue of heavy usage outracing the charger. A charger should be able to keep up with, if not outpace, a system at peak load.
    3. The many comments suggesting a design that allows for easy power supply -> computer CORD replacement is a ridiculously easy fix. (It is so ironic that the heavy-duty outlet->power adapter cord IS replaceable.) Since Apple is so determined to lock users in to their own power supply with proprietary/DRM methods, why not make the quality and modularity worth the fiefdom?

    This really does stink of a company abusing their customers rather than listening to them. But then again, given Apple's history and attitude, this is not surprising to me at all.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Same problem as everyone else

    Well, it’s been three years for me instead of 1.5 or two, but this adapter has finally had it. There have been breakages in the wire for some time, requiring a bit of fiddling before the charge light would come on, but now the insulation is coming off in three different places, including, as at least one other reviewer mentioned, right in the middle.

    By now I’ve actually been conditioned to expect dissatisfaction from Apple cables and adapters: a new device inevitably brings a slew of new adapters and dongles that aren’t compatible with what came before, nor with what will come after. Hopefully the USB-C that’s appearing in the new 12" Macbook heralds the end of at least some of this nonsense.

    At least I’m relatively confident now that whatever store I pop into will have a replacement in stock: Apple and their resellers must sell truckloads of these things.

    To give Apple a tiny bit of credit, sure, I’ve had to replace a bunch of faulty power adapters over the years. But before I switched from PC, I’d hardly manage to get a laptop to last more than a year or two. But Apple’s computers can actually last pretty well. My Dad’s still using a Powerbook G4 I bought more than 10 years ago.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank you all...

    I can say, without a doubt in my mind, that the reviews on the nature of this flawed accessory are not only spot-on accurate, helpful and warranted, but also the most entertaining comedic writing I have read since 'reviews' left for the "Three Wolves Howling Shirt" (Amazon). I was going to add to the stack of complaints about this POS cord (which just fell out), but the tears of laughter made my day... and just made the cord fall out again...

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not especially pleased

    My only complaint about the 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter is that the rubber insulation on the cable leading from the T-connection to the adapter "burns" off in just a few months, leaving the adapter's internal metal cable exposed and creating a potential fire hazard. A real drag, I must say!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing cable

    I travel every week for business and often am working solely from my Mac book. Despite all of the negatives regarding the magnet, I have no problem with it. The cable however is another story. It does not hold up to repeated rewinding for storage. For home use it would probably be fine but I wind and unwind 4-6 times a day and am waiting for the cable to just break off. Less of a concern but a related issue is that I developed a wear through spot mid cable. The only way that could have happened is from friction while in a padded laptop bag.
    Weak points like this are not worthy of such a good product as the Mac Book

    6 of 6 people found this useful