• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well for 4 Years

    I've owned my MacBook Pro 13" for almost exactly 4 years. The wire on the charger has started to fray for quite a while, but nothing too major until just a few weeks ago. A large, 2 inch hole in the covering of the wires developed. Other than that, it has been very good.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality Product

    I'm not sure about all the horrible reviews, but I got just over 5 years of use with my charger before it started to break and fray around the top. I move it between plugs all the time around my house and am not overly gentle with it. I don't think it's bad that I need to replace it after 5 years, especially after my previous PC computer needed replacement cords every 8 months.

    4 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Take the negative reviews with a grain of salt

    Honest reviewer here. I've been using my mid-2010 MBP for about five years now. Overall, a great experience. Now, about this charger... I have ALWAYS been aware that they are fragile and brittle, since I bought the computer new. I'm still using the original charger after five years. This computer goes everywhere with me. Home, work, transit, world traveling, etc. I've been conscious of not twisting the cable, bending it sharply, and store it loosely wound. With that said, it did begin to fray around 4 yrs, and I 'repaired' it with electrical tape. I'll admit, this much care probably should not be *required* of the owner. So I'll only rate it four stars. In fact, if I could, 3.5 stars would be more appropriate. However, I try to take great care of everything I own, every day. Based on my ownership and habits of care, the power adapter has met my expectation for its lifespan. If I have to replace it tomorrow, that's alright with me. I'm pleased enough that the entire computer has lasted this long. I may actually get another few years out of it, which is amazing to me.

    9 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Take care of them and they will last!

    I know a lot of people complain about the longevity and pricey-ness of these chargers, but I have had mine for almost 5 years now. If you compare that to any other laptop chargers it's pretty much the same. The way it is designed is for you to wrap the wire after first using the bunny hole technique so the wire doesn't bend then fray easily. I try to always put mine away when not being used. I just bought my new one today and plan on keeping it for more than 5 years. My older sister has had hers for almost 8 and has some electric tape where the wire started to fray (genius idea).

    9 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have two, never had a problem

    One for travel, one for my home office. About 4 years. They work fine, never given me a problem. Maybe I'm just super careful, but four years. So far.

    3 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Has been pretty sturdy...

    The cord from the adapter to the MagSafe connector is beginning to fray. I've had it for four years. It has taken lots of abuse but has held up pretty well.

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Take Care of It, and It Will Take Care of You

    I don't usually write reviews, but I was startled by the number of negative reviews I saw for a product which has proven to reliable for me.

    I've had my MacBookPro for 2 years and still have the original MagSafe cord that came with it. During that time, it has been toted around in laptop cases, switched between long and short lengths countless times, threaded under, around, and through a multitude of furniture legs, and traveled endless kilometres by bicycle, plane, and car. It still functions as well as the day it arrived on my doorstep: perfectly!

    Yesterday, I had my first problem with it: the casing on cord split. Underneath, the wires themselves were still in pristine condition. I taped it up with electrical tape, and came here to see what it would cost to replace it. Which is when I found the startling number of bad reviews and couldn't help but ask myself, "what exactly are these people doing to their cords?"

    I removed the one star for the short life of the cord casing, but as for the functionality of the cord itself, I couldn't be happier. Always transport your cord in your laptop case, keep it a safe distance from liquids, and don't toss it around like it's indestructible -- in other words, treat like the piece of electronic equipment that it is -- and it will serve you well for years to come.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality of build and design

    I like these series design and durability, because after almost 4 years of use, the quality of body and white color of the charger are still the same as the first day, this is what I love about Apple products.

    0 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubber jacket on cord?

    The electronic part of the power supply itself has given me no problems for the three of four years I have owned the 13 inch Mac. My only complaint with it is that the jacket of the cable that appears to be made of a natural rubber which breaks down when it is exposed to the oil found in some hand creams. The jacket is coming off the cable in chunks exposing the spiral shield. I am curently looking for some heat shrink tubing that will slide over the MagSafe connector and shrink down to cover the damages section of the cable.

    One possible suggestion would be to make the cord replaceable with connectors on both ends of the cable and the power supply module. One other review suggested using the MagSafe connector on the power supply and the Macintosh ends of the cable. This would work well.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not sure why people are having issues.

    I own several Apple power adapters for machines we own, and the only way that these power adapters "don't last" is when people mistreat them. I constantly see people unplugging these power adapters by pulling on the cord, and not the plug. I also constantly see people wrapping the cable tightly around the brick -- DO NOT DO THIS! Leave an inch of slack before you wrap up the power cord! Never in 3+ years of using these power adapters have I ever seen them fail as badly as what people have shown me. It's not a craftsmanship issue, it's just plain abuse and neglect. I see proof of neglect all the time, not just in Apple power adapters, but in PC notebook power adapters as well. Same type of failures. Also, people shouldn't be complaining about a $79 price tag when the Mac that they paid for was $1199. Come on, seriously? Do you people have a job, or something? The only thing I don't like about this power adapter is the little plug that connects to the brick. I will never use that thing. Otherwise, a perfectly fine AC adapter.

    2 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    College kids need more durability

    1st charger lasted about 4 months when I first bought the MacPro. The second one lasted well, about 3 years. But, now I am on the third... and it barely lasted 3 months. It seems as the years go buy the quality deteriorates. A big hunk of your buyers are college students. And we are going to have the charger any and everywhere. That's life, Apple. And... as with most college kids, including myself. I'm sorry, but I am leaving you for eBay.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Charger

    I have had my MacBook 13in for 4+years(early2008) and my charger has only started to have issues sense Jan-2013. Though I am careful with my chords and do not wrap the chord around the plastic tabs on the brick. wrapping chords in that manner always shortens the life span of the chord.

    though I am purchasing a new one now and think they should not cost $80 dollars.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ive had no problem

    I read many of the other reviews and I really don't know what the others are experiencing. Ive had my original charger for almost 2 years and I have no fraying or damage whatsoever. Keep in mind, I have been VERY rough with it. It spends most times in my carpeted room but other times its being dragged down marble stairs and being moved from two different houses and being tripped over. The metal charger at the end is scratched a bit, but only from my own fault. Everything is intact and I have no overheating or charging problems. GOOD JOB APPLE.

    6 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Apples usual standard BUT

    Still pretty darn good charger in my opinion. I've owned 2 MacBooks and have gone through 3 chargers. One was chewed my dog, and the other was replaced by Apple care. The 3rd one broke, but that was my own fault. I think Apple would do themselves and their customers a favor by making the cord a little thicker, and perhaps stiffer where it connects to the computer and the box in the middle. However in my experience as long a you leave slack in the wire and make sure that they aren't bent to far for to long it should work perfectly.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    With Typical Use -- It'll Last You Years

    I don't think the average consumer who is happy with this adapter will decide to gush over it in an online review, but after seeing such a negative rating here, I have to disagree and provide my experience.

    I've used this adapter everyday in tons of places and while it looks really dirty and worn, it's always worked like a charm. Design wise -- it's a thing of beauty with the bulk of it near the connection point and the ability to wrap the cable and clever clip on piece to keep the loop together.

    I don't know how everyone else is using this adapter, and I'm sure there are always a few duds for one reason or another, but I'm super happy with durability here.

    People complain about a quick snap or a weak hold, but isn't that the whole point of the magsafe system?? -- To have a connection that's manageable (with one hand in the dark! ) while not strong enough that a trip over the adapter cable will send your macbook pro flying?

    4 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Power cords

    The power cord left plugged in the wall and not attached to the computer will burn out. I have had the same power cord for 4 years and nothing has ever happened to it. Try unplugging it from the wall and I think you will find these cords last!

    13 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good while it lasts

    I got this charger when I bought my Macbook Pro almost exactly two years ago. The charger never gave me any trouble until I tried to clean it. (It was very dirty, and I'm a little bit of a neat freak.) All I did was try to rub off some of the dirt from the chord near the part of the charger that goes into the computer with my finger. Apparently that was a huge mistake, because it rubbed the plastic off and left the wire exposed. I put some electrical tape on it to see if it'd hold up, and it worked for a couple of months until it just couldn't hold up anymore.

    Now that I need a new one, I can't decide if I'll go with this one or a generic charger. Both have pretty bad reviews, and Apple charges way too much. It's just a charger for goodness sake.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not amazing, but not awful.

    My original charger just crapped out, from 2008. That's four years of really hard abuse. I can't honestly say I expect ANY cable to last that many years of rugged abuse. All the people complaining of bad power adapters within a years use must not realize they replace them free of charge within the first year....

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine lasted 3 years

    Mine is just now starting to go. There appears to be a break near the magsafe connector and if the cable is jiggled wrong, the LED goes off.

    Honestly, I have been pretty rough on this. Several hard snags that yanked the magsafe connection away -- and I'm notorious for unplugging by pulling on the cable and not the plug itself.

    So, I can only think there was a bad batch of these since mine lasted with pretty harsh treatment. (I may just try to tape a think metal rod to it to keep it from bending - should do the trick.)

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good charger

    I have always noticed that people harp over chargers in general, since they seem to quit functioning so often for many folk, and these chargers are no exception. This isn't because the charger is poorly made, however. People simply do not understand that they have to treat cables very carefully. Bending them too forcefully will eventually cause the wires inside to fray and break, leaving you with; a malfunctioning charger. Take care of them and they pretty much last forever.

    My only problem with these is that, once again, the square adapters fall out of wall sockets too easily.

    17 of 25 people found this useful