• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Design review

    • Written by from Columbia

    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.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Same problem as everyone else

    • Written by from Tootgarook

    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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank you all...

    • Written by from Chatham

    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...

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not especially pleased

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing cable

    • Written by from Coventry

    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

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very low power I suppose

    • Written by from Graz

    I recently realized, that everytime I use my Mac for "gaming" the battery discharges. I thought my adapter wasn't connected properly, but it wasn't the case. The scenario: Battery fully charged. Remaining time about 8hours. I plug the charger back and play Dota 2 for 6 hours. Exit dota and see the battery has only 80% of charge. The adapter is very hot. I think, the top of the line macs should have at least 100W Power Adapter. The Graphics, the CPU it consumes way more power than the Adapter is capable of "producing"

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Design

    • Written by from Lebanon

    Very annoying. Becomes unattached way too easily.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very delicate

    • Written by from Mount Laurel

    The thin cord that runs from your laptop to the charging brick has a very weak cord connecting it to the brick. The material around it tears easily exposing the thin cords which also sever soon after. I have gone through 2 of these and at a crazy $79.99 a piece it is getting ridiculously expensive. I expect better if I'm going to spend thousands on your computers.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug Retention Weak

    • Written by from Victoria

    I agree with those calling for stronger magnets on the charger's connector to the laptop. Current model is too weak. Care must be taken with the next chargers to not over compensate.
    All else works fine.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work as well as previous power adapters

    • Written by from Newark

    I've used the previous "L" and "T" adapters for years and never had an issue. This MagSafe 2 has a weak magnetic connection and falls out very easily. I also need to wiggle it quite a bit for it to start charging. If I didn't need it to power my new Macbook, I would just disregard it altogether. I've had it for just a few weeks and it already seems to be a worsening issue, so I plan to exchange it and hope the replacement works a lot better.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So disappointed, because of me or apple is getting worst

    • Written by from Ho Chi Minh City

    I been using my charger for 7 months, i used it all the time. The problem is wireless charging coat start to tearing, and also the tiny white thing that u could open and wrap you wireless charging it breaking, I don't know why. Because i did something wrong with my charger, or because i put my charger in my backpack or because apple is getting worst. I don't know

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointed

    • Written by from Sanford

    I love Apple products, and have had everything from a shuffle through a rMBP now. The one thing I can complain about is the chargers. I have only had my rMBP since May (now Dec.) and I just noticed that the cord is starting to split in the most random area! It really makes me mad, being a high school student and saving my money for this that it would break so easily. I take all precautions, and I am very careful with all my things.

    Sometimes the charger doesn't even start charging until I unplug and replug into the wall a couple times. It's very frustrating. Hope that Apple can fix this (and pretty much all their other chargers) so that we can enjoy our electronics more often!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Old Style worked the best

    • Written by from Edmond

    Why did you change the style of the charger? The old one had a stronger magnet along with the cord running more along the side of the laptop, this made it much tougher to fall off. Very disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love hate

    • Written by from Sherman Oaks

    I love that its magnetic and protects itself against trips etc. but I think the magnet should be stronger than it is maybe twice as strong?

    I don't like that the jacket material that covers the cord is utter garbage I'm on my 3-4th replacement from apple because after a few months the jacket begins to split near the connectors from I guess stress of some kind. Now I'm not what I consider a power user but I take my laptop around at least 2 times per week but for the most part unless I'm charging it near my couch where I'm usually using it the charger just sits near by so I don't understand how it can split from stress.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    broken and frayed connection

    • Written by from Toronto

    The part where the cable connection meets with the adapter has frayed and severed. This is a new cable. I'm not happy with having to shell out another $100 on an adapter in order to use my computer.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Is it suppose to burn up?

    • Written by from McDonough

    The magnet is not strong enough to maintain the connection, so any movement makes it disconnect from charging. Though that is minor compared to the most recent issue, in which I noticed that it was no longer charging my mac so upon picking up the block I immediately felt it was burning hot. After looking a little closer, I was able to see that the cable was brown and burnt, exposing the silver wire on the inside. A little terrifying!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter not lasting long enough

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I don't know if i am unlucky or bad lucked or what but i have had two adapters already the first that came with the MBP and another i bought for Christmas, and now I'm going for a 3rd one! the first one lasted a year the only problem was the end of the cable was disintegrating and didn't pull enough power because the wires were not touching properly but the second and i don't really know how this happened! it just burnt out, like really? honestly how will just burn out! i tried not to bend it as much to avoid from repeating what happened to my first charger and now this one just burns out! honestly its not like the adapter is really cheap that i can buy 100 of them! I'm a college student and the second one was my Christmas gift now i will have to pay this out of my own wallet. I love my MPB but i think apple has to do something about the charger because i can't keep affording to buy a new one every year.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 2 years

    • Written by from Orem

    I noticed a little black ring that started forming around one of the pins inside of the magnetic connector a few months ago. Now that there are two of those rings, the charger only gives enough charge to maintain charge while in-use, whereas before, it would charge rather quickly, even under heavy use.

    Sad day. This is as early of a malfunction from an Apple product as I've ever had, and this is the 11th Apple product I've purchased.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good heat protection, but the cable...

    • Written by from Forli

    Seriously, Apple should change the materials they use for their own cables, not only this but also all my iPhones start to become yellow and sworn near the connector after just a few months and then tear, stopping to work soon after. This never happened with any other brand of smartphones or notebooks and they are common cheap plastic. Apple's cables' rubber is RUBBISH falling in pieces.
    My 2nd star is only because they do have a good heat protection auto recovery, which saved me from an early replacement, but still their power supply get hotter than average.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Falls Out Way Too Easily

    • Written by from Roseville

    What can I say? As a charger, it charges my computer.

    However, it falls out way too easily. I'd be working on my computer while it's charging, and it would just disconnect if I move the computer a few centimeters.

    Definitely dissatisfied with this thinner MagSafe charger.

    2 of 4 people found this useful