• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple over-engineering at its worst

    • Written by from Marina Del Rey

    I have bought 5 of these in my lifetime, only 2 are still safely operating. They don't stand up to normal life usage. There is a computer inside this power supply that adjusts the voltage upwards to increase the power output when it detects certain models of Apple of laptop and downwards for others. Looks to be about 16V-18V adjustment range. This is just stupid. Make a fixed output supply (like every other device maker on the planet) and sell it for $15 (like every other device maker). It would actually work, be easy to replace in remote parts of the world (if you happen to be on vacation or work trip), and withstand normal wear-and-tear. We've all already bought the computer, do you have to gouge us here too?

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adaptor is a danger to my family

    • Written by from KENOSHA

    So I am on my second charger in two years and am preparing to buy a third one. The first one overheated to the point of melting the wire. On the second one, it still heats up a lot and the wire has deteriorated at the connections on the adaptor side as well as the magnetic connection side. I have put electric tape on both ends but now it is starting to spark when connected to laptop. With the amount that my Macbook Pro cost, I would think that there would be a lifetime guarantee. Thank goodness that the first one went out before the first year warrantee was up. Please Apple, make a connector that lasts as long as the laptop.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for 6 months only

    • Written by from CORAL GABLES

    My charger just stopped working after six months. Terrible quality.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Last

    • Written by from Frankfort

    After about 2 years of use, the cord broke. At the point where the thin part attaches to the box, the rubber part ripped and the inside frayed. It works sometimes at very odd angles, but usually not at all. Problems began after the first year; the charge would be spotty, coming in and out. For costing $79.00, this is a horrible product. I did not expect to have to replace my charger so soon.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad product

    • Written by

    Unfortunately, there isn't really a choice, but I've had bad luck with the MagSafe2 interface. I have had 2 of the little adapters that allow you to use a MagSafe1 power adapter on a newer MagSafe2 Mac. Each went out in about 6 months of use. They just become very picky about exactly how they are oriented in the MagSafe 2 port on the Mac, and eventually, no matter how you start wiggling them, they don't charge your Mac.

    Now, my MagSafe2 adapter itself is flaky, and will intermittently not charge the computer. The cord itself is not damaged. It just gets so you have to align it just right in the port. Sometimes it charges, sometimes not.

    I know it isn't my Mac, because you switch to a different power cord, and it works 100% of the time.

    Something about the MagSafe magnetic connector goes bad. Whether it is corrosion, or little aluminum particles, or what I don't know. I have tried cleaning both the adapter and the port with alcohol-based wipes and compressed air.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Longevity Issues

    • Written by from Clovis

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine product

    • Written by from Olney

    no idea why so many negative reviews. I've got 2 (home & work) both vintage 2014, and they're fine.
    I wish the mag connector was stronger, tho. My biggest risk for disconnection comes from knocking the transformer over.

    0 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubber sheathing comes off

    • Written by from La Crescent

    The rubber sheathing around the smaller diameter cord is deteriorating and coming off. It is like some alien micro-organism is eating away at the rubber sheathing exposing wire shield around the cord. I fear it may only be time before nearly instantaneous disseminated intravascular coagulation sets in... or it could be horribly bad QA on the part of Apple on the material used as this is the second adapter I have had problems with.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I have to drop money on a new one every few months

    • Written by from Concord

    It's not that they don't stay in, or that they stay in when they shouldn't. It's that they fray. They always fray. I wrap electrical tape, but it only lasts so long. Really, it may even last longer than the original sheathing. And it's awfully expensive to be so predictably lousy!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a piece of junk!!!

    • Written by from San Jose

    Why the heck did you change the design Apple? The magsafe 1 was such an innovative and perfect design. Just redesigning for the sake of it makes no sense. This new magsafe 2 keeps coming off the laptop with the slightest pull... and really. Why the f&^* do we need a new charger. Now I can't borrow my friends and vice versa. Ridiculous. Do I have to give it one star?

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    cable and design totally stinks

    • Written by from rio rancho

    Apple must have some motivation why they lead in innovation and design on all fronts except the charger of their macs. Makes zero sense. I'm on my 2nd cord due to rubber splitting and wires fracturing.
    The magnet connector is just poorly designed. Only able to charge if mac is left alone flat on a table. I'd like to see tim cook keep the charger connected while seated at an airport waiting to board a flight..heck even just sitting on the couch. I love apple but this charging fail is pure garbage. They know millions of customers have this problem everyday but they ignore it but release a larger iPad I assume 4 or 5 guys who work at Pixar care about.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    broken cable...

    • Written by from QuerĂ©taro

    After only a year of normal use, the protective rubber of the cable broke, exposing the wires and quickly screwing up the charger... This charger, and many chargers Apple makes, slam right in the face of their quality values.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad adapter

    • Written by from Fairfax

    The first adapter that damaged before the lifetime of the computer. This is my first and probably my last APPLE product. The computer is good, but after the quality of this adapter I do not have many expectations for its lifetime. Same problem as the most of the readers, the thin cable damaged at the extremities and stop working.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I could read all these reviews

    • Written by from Lexington

    I agree with all these diasapointed customers: Feel like am stuck with a very expensive laptop, which I am okay with. However, even the replacement power adapter is not working any more. Does apple really expects their loyal customer to stick around if they keep handing them such a bad power adapters?

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe 2: Two Time Loser

    • Written by from Loveland

    I can't put into words how badly I hate this MagSafe 2 Power Adapter. the MagSafe 1 was great: it hugged the body of my MacBook Pro 13...never got in the way...was always attached to the laptop...was only a ¼ inch footprint...I forgot it was even there except for the occasional glance to check its status by the LED.

    Bought a new MacBook Pro 15 this summer, and the first time I sat in my chair...put the laptop on my lap...the adapter popped off. If I have to itch my foot? Off. Reach for my water? Off. Cat jumps up for some love? Off. Sneeze? Off. I'd LOVE to shove this thing in the designing engineer's ear, and all the bureaucrats following that put their hands on this and approved it. Not all of us use laptops on desks...we use them on LAPS! If I want this power supply to stay put I have to sit uncomfortably in my chair like I've got on a mini-skirt...and I'm not a mini-skirt kinda guy.

    So nobody thought about the possible negative ramifications from having a sleek ¼ inch device that hugs the machine to this growth that sticks out an inch at least...with the leverage of a stiff cord on top of that? Apple designers make sure you have to charge your phone 2 times a day because of tiny batteries...so you have an 'elegant' looking device...but they thought this mutant Lego thing hanging off the side of the machine was alright?

    You're slipping, Apple. The wonderful momentum Jobs left us with is rolling to a stop. I've had more software issues the last year than in the 10 years before that. I would rather stick screwdrivers in my eyes than deal with the bloated iTunes. Music? Give me a break: sudden WARP volume...waiting for music to load from the cloud...songs ending prematurely...icons reduced to sesame seed size. Playing games with accessing my ripped music...like if I can't find it I'm going to buy it again. Meticulously tagging photos just to search for them at a later date, and they're nowhere to be found. Updates that magically reset EVERY SETTING ON THE DEVICE! You aren't smart enough to make that -not- happen? All the things that led up to me leaving other non-Apple OS's are happening now. We don't want the latest and greatest you push out to satisfy your shareholders. We want something that WORKS!

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the worst of the worst in the world

    • Written by from North hollywood

    I would have given this charger a negative star If I could. It is basically a pain on a regular daily basis, it gets disconnected with every single move, and it gets worn out so quickly which makes you spend almost 90$ on this piece of junk. It is truly one of the worst charger in both quality and design in the world. I am sick of it.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless garbage

    • Written by from Vittinge

    My magsafe 2 85w adapter lasted a year. Then the cables plastic broke. Got a new one and it lasted 6 months. Today the second adapter short-cicuited and burnt a fuse in my house. I then switched to the old one with the broken plastic and it lasted 2 hours. Then it short-circuited as well.

    I cant believe that Apple delivers that kind of junk as part of a laptop that users pay 3000$ for.

    I've already had problems with the MBP as the retina broke, twice!! At a cost of 1000$ per replacement.

    Even though I like OS X this matter ticks me off to the point that I'm considering leaving the brand. And I have just switched and bought 4 Ipads for the family plus two phones. Not cheap. With windows atleast you dont expect quality. Now I simply feel cheated.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed Wires but Apple Quick To Replace

    • Written by from West Caldwell

    I think the MagSafe chargers are a great idea. I can't tell you how many times in college someone would carelessly kick my cord and all that moved was the charger. This has saved my laptop numerous times. I had a 2008 MBP for 5 years and never replaced the cord. I got the new retina MBP and within 2 years I finally frayed the cord. I have AppleCare and all I did was bring the busted charger in and boom new charger no charge. I thought Apple was very quick to help.

    To all the negative reviewers, when you wrap your cord don't wrap it too tight and the best thing to do is to create a loop from the base prior to wrapping it. Its hard to describe but LEAVE SOME SLACK in the cable and it won't fray!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke in less than an year

    • Written by from Hillsborough

    The chord wore out at the end connecting to the base. Poor quality and design.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacing yet another power adapter.

    • Written by from Grand Blanc

    Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed! Frayed!

    All they have to do is extend the protective shoe about to 3-4 inches and it would stop the cord from fraying. I am on my fifth cord that has frayed. Apple!! Come On Man!!


    14 of 14 people found this useful