• 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.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What's with all the hate?

    My MagSafe charger on my MacBook 2010 lasted 6 years of heavy use before even taking damage (pulled the powerpoint end out at a bad angle, bent a prong) and the only issue before that was a weak magnetic connection on the computer's end (fixed, FYI). What's everyone else's problem? My mate had one too, and his was fine...

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    People are far too harsh - it's perfectly fine

    My original power adapter broke after three years of continuous use. I'm a heavy user of my Macbook Pro and so the charger got a lot of use also. Bought a replacement and it's absolutely fine. I don't expect things to last forever with such heavy use, and so would consider the Apple Power Adapter to be quite durable on all accounts. It goes without saying that the actual MagSafe feature is brilliant and has saved my Macbook Pro from a nasty fall on multiple occasions.

    6 of 26 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

    Thoroughly pleased

    There are a lot of bad reviews for this product and while I agree that some of Apples chargers do not last as long as they should, mine have lasted for a decent amount of time. I purchased my macbook pro in late 2010 so this charger has lasted me 5 years. Taking it to school and uni and now work aswell as on holiday interstate and overseas! It has a few war wounds that are my own fault and the white plastic has come apart around the charger head, but I think 5 years is a fair effort! Especially seeing how much use and travel it has done!

  • 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

    Finally redesigned plus extra warranty!

    So not a happy bunny as two of these frayed/broken but store supplied replacements with 3 year extended warranties thrown in. Apparently Apple have redesigned them back to the old T shape and are now issuing 3 year warranties as standard. Had to have the old L shape for my Macbook due to its age but at least I now have peace of mind and money in my pocket for a few years.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    its not that bad

    I saw the reviews and was shocked, i had to buy a new charger.. but my old one lasted me 5 years ! yes it had tape round it for the last 2 years so the weak points don't break but for heaven sake people its not that bad. Expensive is the only real issue here otherwise the new charger hopefully will last long again i use my laptop everyday so its not like i cant see when the weak points start to break again. But 5 years for one charger ? not to bad really.

    5 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as all that

    In my experience this charger has been pretty solid. I broke mine after a year of abuse (running it over with chairs, dropping it), bought a dodgy replacement that nearly set alight, then borrowed my friends 5 YEAR OLD charger for 4 months. Fair enough, they are delicate, but they really aren't as fragile as people seem to think. I also think 90% of problems on here stem from faulty SMC devices in the notebooks themselves- Mine went a bit haywire, but I reset it and it works fine- Minus the battery damage my Imitation charger caused :(

    4 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for new MacBooks, bad for old

    When my old MacBook charger eventually broke, I bought this as a replacement, however it didnt work properly and as a result had to buy a new MacBook in the end. It works great with that and this is 3 years after I got it, so overall I am very happy with it

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Durability and Longevity

    I've had my MacBook Pro since mid-2009. The original power adapter lasted until a week ago (about 3 years) and I subjected the cord to a lot. Taking extra care might have increased my adapter's longevity. I'd recommend purchasing a laptop-compatible bag with pockets to safely store the adapter and other accessories, something I didn't do. It has been the only thing to go on my computer in three years, and it was fairly cheap (about $80) to replace, so I can't really complain. In general, it serves its purpose and is reasonably durable.

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, But ...

    The adapter is great and I love it. But it gets scratched easily and the top of the cord near the mag safe gets broken easily! Not such great price tag, but its excepted from Apple.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafePower

    I got a 85w MagSafePower Adapter that came with my MacBook Pro have had it for 2 years no problem on my laptop almost 24/7 no pronlems other than it does seem to get hot.

    2 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A tip for power supply failures

    On a Friday over five years ago I went to the Apple store and purchased six MacBooks and a Mac Mini as an office file server. I went back to my office, passed them out and let my Windows IT person go. I told my staff two things. "Go home and learn how to use this over the weekend. We are converting to Apple on Monday. Second, DO NOT wrap the power cable around the supplied "wings" on the power adapter because you will eventually damage the cord. Simply wrap it in a circle around a few fingers and run the end of the connector through the middle of the loop." It's been five years and we just had our first adapter failure. So, that's my story. Don't use the foldout storage on the power adapters. People tend to wind them to tight and break the internal wires next to the adapter. This obviously isn't the only reason for an adapter failure, but I'd be willing to bet some people are causing their own problems. There is room for improvement in the adapter or you would be able to use the built-in storage without a problem. Oh, and if the green light on the adapter is on make sure it is not just the fact that you need to reset your battery. I've had to do this on two machines after a few years. Plug the adapter into another Mac (if available) and see if it works.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not cool...

    I bought this cord in August because my cousin's cat, ate through the original that I got when I bought my macbook in 2008. I read other reviews saying that the cord stopped working after a few months of them buying it and hoped that I would have better luck. I left my computer open and not plugged up for a few hours and when I went to plug it up, there was absolutly NO charge coming from the cord. My computer is still dead b/c I don't feel like dishing out another $83 for a new cord, but I really don't have a better option because thats what Apple feels like they should charge. There really isn't anything you can do, but this is horrible

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No Complaints

    I have been using Apple laptops for some years and with the first charger that came with my old white macbook I had a problem with, but since they have changed to the new design neither myself nor the wife has had an issue. What are people doing to bang them up and get them frayed.
    I take care of how I wrap the cord when I need to take my laptop with me so no complaints at all, but I guess it is still early. I have had my Pro since July '11 and my wife has only had her air for a month. So no problem but I guess this is to be continued.

    2 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter

    Got this adapter with my Late 2008 Macbook. It's keeping my MacBook alive for over 40 months now. Lately ,since about 1-2 weeks now, it sometimes won't connect properly with the MacBook. I just pull it out and back in and it works. Besides that awsome adapter.

    2 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted a long time!

    Contrary to many reviews, my adapter lasted 3.5 years. I often brought it with me, so it did not last merely due to underuse. Recently I noticed that it had frayed near where the cord leaves the adapter to plug into the laptop. Today, though, it stopped working entirely.

    It has served me very well, though! I hope the next one lasts just as long.

    5 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    this could be why their breaking..

    We are dealing with machines here! Of course it's going to break WHEN YOU DONT TAKE CARE OF IT. I've had my charger for over 2 years with no sign of a malfunction. I've made sure to take really good care of it, by not dropping it! leaving it in your car near direct sunlight, nor leaving it anywhere where it could be exposed to extreme low temperatures.

    This implement cannot protect itself, you have to care for it....
    It will not last if you treat it like loose change.

    but i will agree, they are expensive to replace! and should be lowered if you were to bring back one that did happen to break within the last 30 days.

    8 of 22 people found this useful