• 3.0 out of 5 stars


    So i know that I have had this charger for almost 3 years but I feel like a charger shouldn't tear or break and now I have to spend 80 bucks to get another one. I guess Apple should figure out a way to better design their chargers, and maybe use a different material to wrap the wires in the charger. I know that Apple is all about how things look but maybe they should start also thinking about the quality in the materials they use.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Buying yet another due to frayed cord

    As reviews say over and over, cord frays, these don't last, they're expensive for a disposable item.
    Compared to power adapters for other powerful laptops I've had these are exceptionally light and easy to carry, and the mag attachment is awesome. That's why some stars.

    Notice how "most useful" reviews shown are 5-star? How deceptive is that! Its like Apple wants us to hate them.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    I wonder if anyone else is having trouble with their 85W MagSafe Power Adapter overheating? Sometimes it doesn't get hot at all while charging, but most of the time it gets so hot I am afraid it will start a fire.

    It charges my MacBook Pro just fine, but I'm afraid to keep it plugged in.

    25 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    I didn't buy this as a seperate item, I'm just reviewing the one that came with my late fall 2011 mbp.

    The cord is fraying near the connector. I taped it up real ghetto like with electrical tape, and a week later the split just started again above the tape. so idk. It is clear that these won't hold up too well in the long term, and I don't know what the average life expectancy is of power adapters. I got a year and a half out of mine, now I must buy another. I'm not real happy about that. What would make me happy is if the DC out cord was interchangeable, just like the AC in. Then I could just buy a much cheaper cord to replace, instead a whole new adapter.

    3 stars for the ingenuity of the mag connector, knocking 2 off for the short lifespan.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord frays about the 18months in.

    You would think cord damage would be something of a non-issue when the cord easily detaches. However, due to the way it is designed, the cable bends severely right at the connector. This is due to the sharp change from stiff hard plastic to the soft rubberized cable; there's nothing to restrict the curve which imparts compression and tension forces, which, over time,will cause compromise in the sheathing. You would think that people as smart as apple would realize that semi-stiff rubber/plastic sheathing over the first inch or two of the cable to inhibit the degree of the curve and offer a more gradual and resistant to this issue.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but lacks durability

    The Apple 85w Megsafe power adapter looks good, better than many other chargers from other companies that are bulky. One thing i did not like about this power adapter is the the wires that wear and tear after only 11 months of constant usage. I am always on the move, so every time i have to fold the cable and wire of the adapter around the adapter's body in order to make it fit my bag-pack, but having been using it for 11 months only, i noticed a tear in the wire that connects to the charging port on the MBP. I was disappointed after using it for only a short while that it began to wear out a bit by bit. I hope that Apple ensures that their cables are more durable than only one year of use, because i noticed that the durability aspect of the cables and power adapters are lacking more emphasis. Other than that, everything is great :)

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excited yet cautious

    Just received my swanky, sleek power cord. Looks great, but am feeling cautious as to how long it will last. Why won't Apple make a cord that stands up to the basics of wear and tear such as other less durable laptops? I love my Macbook Pro but would love it even more if I did not have to look forward to replacing an essential power cord every 2 years.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Short a Life Span

    This charger is relatively small, attractive, and gets the job done. I like the magnetic plug - it has prevented many accidents where my laptop would have been dropped. But I can give it no more than 3 stars because its life span is about 1 year if you're lucky. The end that you plug into the computer is made of a flimsy rubbery plastic material that frays and comes apart after even gentle use. My laptop does very little traveling - it usually just sits at my desk or couch - but after just 9 months I was having to reinforce the adapter with electrical tape so that the wires weren't exposed. This is a huge problem with this power adapter, and I'm surprised that Apple hasn't come out with an improvement yet. I won't be paying 79.00 for Apple's, especially when I know it won't be lasting long anyway.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    your product I have promoted for so many years. until this latest disappointment. My power cord has frayed at the brick end no less while researching this product to see how much it would cost for a replacement. I find out that this has not only happened to me but to others as well. there was a post stating that if you were to put a magnet at both ends of the cord to disconnect the cord it would be helpful...
    seriously things like this make for a bad experience...

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes for older MacBook Pro's

    I have a 15" MacBook Pro 4,1 (early 2008), my original MagSafe Power Adapter lasted almost exactly 4 years of light use, meaning a couple hours a day, 3 or 4 days a week. I was concerned because one of the reviewers said this new MagSafe Power Adapter would not work with the older non unibody MacBook Pro, that is not correct. I just received my new MagSafe Power Adapter model A1343 and it plugs in just like the old one and is less obtrusive because of the "L" shape.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea but it still needs work

    I love the magnetic attachment, finally a way to plug your computer in without having to worry about warping the power connection and having to replace it. This cord does have one MAJOR drawback, the point where the cord from the computer attaches to the transformer frays in less than a year, if you use the clips attached to it to wrap up the cord when storing then it will last maybe 6 months. I have owned my MBP for less then a year and I am already on my second power cord. I like that it doesn't cost as much as the battery (which should last longer if you ask me) but spending $80 every six months is a waste of money, you have no choice unless you want to void your warranty by fixing yourself or buying an off brand power cord.
    MAKE SURE when storing or using you bend the cord at the transformer as little as possible to make it last longer, and never wrap it with the attached clips!

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Design still kind of flawed

    I am on my third of these. The first one frayed where the cord entered the Magsafe connector. The second started failing a couple days ago, again a problem with the cord. It would only work in certain positions, again likely where the cord enters the Magsafe. Hopefully the third time's the charm with one of these.

    The flaw is the angle of the adapter. Having it flush with the computer is great for desktop use, not so much for laptop use.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it works and when it don't -- jiggle it, it might!

    This is my second 'L' adapter which I really like but this iteration has ended up with the same problem - no voltage at the pins! I can easily measure it on the old style adapter but can't can't even get a bump on the needle on this one. So it's that time...

    Yep, after reading the reviews I am going to tear into mine-- just the 'L' adapter end and fix it myself. I think I'm ready to roll the dice and take the chance believing that my formidible re-engineering and re-fabricating skills are up to it.

    If it wasn't 60 miles to the Apple Store, I might not risk it but time is money! Not to mention diesel is money too.

    Wish me luck and look for me on all the morning shows when I'm heralded as a true American hero!

    Or alternately, slinking into the Apple Store, tucked tail and coughing up the $79.00 for a new one. I'll probably wear a pair of the Groucho Marx glasses avec nose and bushy eye brows just to protect my dignity.

    Wish me luck.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I can't keep buying chargers and batteries

    The battery lasted 2years. The charger went sometime after then the new one it's been a year and it started sparking and browning then stripped away at the laptop area and around the block. Hopefully they cover this.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I find a weak connection over time.

    Suddenly warning me- reserve battery. Computer was on sleep it just ran down plugged in! Had since January- just started. Very temperamental,sometime perfect other times nothing. Apple-please do exchange-but we must receive perfect one in return. Sounds like problem never resolved from what I read here.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The DURABILITY in my opinion, should be better.

    I have two thoughts about the adapter. I like and dislike it. The adapter part of the charger is tearing yet the big power cord/extension part is fine. When I bought my MacBook Pro and all of the things that came with it about a year ago now, I really expected it to last a very long time. Now I can say that I played a part in the tearing of the product but nothing too major. Minor steps on the cord or constantly rolling the cord up may be the issue because I am a college student who is not stationary, I use my computer just about everywhere and my charger comes along with me. This product is not inexpensive, $80 is a nice chunk of change for a computer charger. I am not complaining about the price but the quality and durability of this charger should be a lot better, especially considering the fact that it is an Apple product.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good.

    I can't give the product more than three stars because it has started to get finicky here over the last couple of months. I purchased my MBP 17" last year and have had the original cord this long. It is still in good shape, but sometimes when attaching it to the MBP it doesn't connect to charge, and other times it is not readable until it is unattached and reattach. Other times I can wiggle it around and it will be recognized. I feel that this shouldn't be an issue, and it's happening more frequently. There isn't anything obstructing it from connecting properly, so that is not an issue and they are both clean. I just feel that this is too soon for it to be going downhill and possibly having to be replaced so soon.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Drop an Reboot time

    I recently purchase this to replace my frayed and broken charger. I have learned that it works fine as long as you never disconnect it. Every time my power cable is removed form the Mac I have to remove the battery and reinstall for the adapter to work again. I learned this the hard way. By taking the charge back to Apple store and telling them it defective. They plugged it into the new MAc there. It worked fine. I went home and tried but it failed. I took my Mac in and the removed the battery and resinstalled it. Then said this is a problem with the old Macbooks. Mine is a 15" Mac book Pro purchased about 2 yrs ago. I feel there should be a compatible product offered to work with my machine. I was able to twist my ground wire back together on the old adapter. It works fine with no issue. Connect, disconnect, then reconnect. Work every time, however on the new one drop battery and reboot every time the I disconnect the cable. What a pain.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Second charger and still working

    I have a Macbook pro 15" Mid 2012. The first charger that I had with this computer got damaged in a year; the cable broke near the plastic charger.
    The second charger that I bought (from Apple Reatiler in Colombia) is working until now, I think that the most important thing to do is not trying to bend the thin cable under any circumstance, this strategy worked for me, and I pack the charger in my bag without bending this cable.
    Besides of that, I think that Apple engineers must redesign the thin cable on newer models, because it's so fragile.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile Ingenuity

    The magnetic, reversible connection is great, but this will be the third one I've purchased because the other two died unexpectedly.

    6 of 7 people found this useful