• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why do all of Apple's cords FRAY

    I refuse to get the new macbook pro that doesn't have a magsafe adapter or any USB ports (but let's not go there)... my old macbook charger completely frayed on the brick end and now they want $80!! for a out of date charger?!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    cable problems

    How I use my cable: I plug it into the wall, and let it rest on the floor and table while my MBPr 2015 charges. When charged to 100, I detach it from my laptop. I only occasionally pack it for travel, and I take care to leave a loop at the ends where there could be stress on the cables when wound for travel. Should I be unplugging it from the wall receptacle every time I'm not using it to charge? Perhaps that is the problem here?

    I reinforce all my cables at the business ends with Sugru, as a preemptive strike. The Sugru at the adapter end of my thin cable has a crack running perpendicular to the cord, so that join now has two segments. Ok, still functioning. The Sugru at the MagSafe end is fine. But the cable itself split down the middle about 24in. from the adapter brick, exposing the shielding, so I covered it with electrical tape and started shopping. Perhaps there is an overheating problem.

    Still, I come here to find the cable situation is dreadful. Apple used to be the king of quality and when they made a design or engineering mistake, they fixed it. The preponderance of my many Apple devices over the decades has been easy and enjoyable to use, which seemed to set Apple above the crowd. Why is this design reputation not safeguarded as a corporate asset? Are you nuts?

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great when not broken...

    For most of the year, this charger is excessively reliable and quickly charges my MacBook. However, like most others, I am buying my 3rd power adapter in 5 years because they are fraying at the connection points that cannot be individually replaced. The cost of the charger for my MacBook is high, but I depend on this laptop for my work and cannot avoid getting a new charger when they break. It would be ideal for Apple to redesign this charger or lower the price for a cheap product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    'RUBBERISED CASING' OF CABLING BROKE DOWN & PEELED OFF ON 2 REPLACEMENTS!!!

    In common with others ... I would first state that: I LOVE my APPLE products and have done since 'going Apple' in the mid 1980s ... HOWEVER: whilst the MagSafe Power Adapters are a great improvement with the 'magnetised' little square connection to the MacBook itself ......... there would now seem to be an issue with the tendency of the wiring to 'coil in on itself' and the effect of heat .. or time ... or SOMEthing on the 'rubberised??' casing: because I have had to replace twice now because the casing has become discoloured and then disintegrated ... revealing the inner wiring ... and rendering it (them) unsafe and unusable :( It would be helpful if this problem would be addressed ... please ...... lovely people at Apple! (and as others point out replacement means replacing the WHOLE unit ... to wastage of un-necessary resources AND unnecessarily expensive replacement ..... it would be appreciated if you would address this matter too, please, Apple)

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not a good quality as we expect from apple

    I have now replaced this charger 3 times . the wires become frayed and break in less than one year of home normal use

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    make that two stars

    Guess I'll give the power adapter two stars. I've had the computer now for 5+ years. I love the computer because it is a real "work-horse," but the power adapter umm not so much. This will be number three for me. At least I haven't had to replace the adapter as often as other reviewers, hence giving my review the two stars.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple loyal to bad design (85W MagSafe)

    Just to update the reviews from 2014, the MagSafe adapter still has a very vulnerable cable design. I keep the cords straight at both ends and wrap the cable up carefully upon transport, but the body is just so clunky and the cord so rigid yet thin that the internal wiring gets frayed even without being run over by chairs, forced into awkward positions, and so forth. Laptops are made to be transportable. I feel as if I'm carrying a live infant around whose head I have to support just right. It's just too vulnerable at the connecting points. Interestingly, I never had this problem with the ancient iBook or Powerbook adapters.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2 Stars because it lasted so long

    I've had my Mac for almost 6 years now and my original adapter just died. It was a little weird because it got so hot it melted and came apart. I'm a little annoyed to learn these are so expensive but I need one so I'll have to buy it anyway...

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wire on power cord burns out from bending.

    This is such an obvious design flaw. It is amazing that Apple doesn't do anything about it. We have had more than one Power adapter go bad because the thin cord breaks where it meets the white block. Other electrical cords like this have an inch or two of soft rubber or plastic to help absorb the stress on the wire. I just took about two or three inches of 2" wide clear packing tape and wrapped it around the base of the wire where it meets the block. I can already see that the stress on the wire will be alleviated. This cost me basically nothing. No reason I should have to cobble together a fix like this to a high-end product that should have the solution built in from the beginning.

    Also doesn't always connect to computer without some wiggling back and forth to get connection light to come on.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cables are just too fragile

    Ended up in this review page because after my cable frayed, I held it together with tape. Thought it would do the trick for a while but now I'm getting a lot of static noise through the headphones jack when the power cable is plugged in.

    Obviously like many other people I'm very disappointed, this being my 2nd charger that meets this fate. Now I would understand and keep relatively quiet if the price of a replacement charger wouldn't be so high, but this is getting annoying.

    The way I see it, this cable is either fragile on purpose, or nobody is reading these reviews.

    There's no pride to get from the quality of one's product when a flaw this obvious is not being taken care of.

    Very disappointed.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor build on adapter connections generally

    Two things I'd love to see Apple improve...

    I believe I'm not the only one with this problem.

    Adapters are a product in constant daily use for most of us and its that little neck of the protective plastic that is the first to start to fray and inhibit connection. Not just on MacBooks but on all Apple power adapter devices I've the pleasure of using.

    It would be very helpful to have available adapter replacements for the computer inputs without the plug section, so just the section that connects to the computer. Most reviews, if not all complain about fraying, replacement is a hefty £65. I would be happy to pay for a replacement if it were less money and greater quality. As it stands I feel fleeced to spend this money as I do with replacement iphone chargers - too expensive for something that doesn't last well.

    Secondly please, your new fancy designed plugs are a devil to place in and pull out of wall sockets. Please consider improving, I feel like I need to wear rubber gloves to grip them without breaking nails.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Caught on fire

    I'm giving this product 2 stars over 1 because my adaptor is the original one I received with my macbook over 3 years ago, and it's held up rather well for 3 years. However, I had to replace it today because it caught on fire. Luckily I only got up to grab something across the room and was back quickly to put out the small fire that generated where the adaptor connects to the computer. Had I left my laptop charging when I left for work, who's to say what would have happened. I think Apple needs to consider a redesign on this product and perhaps lowering the price.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I was going to purchase one but then...

    $80 is a bit much for a power cord. Even though my cord just started coming apart recently, I surely did not expect to see the multitude of negative comments. Now I'm not sure. I guess I'll use it until I no longer have a choice to avoid getting sucked into the loop of poor power cords. The adapter itself is like new, just the casing of the wire came apart. I take extremely good care of my computer products almost obsessively so, its how I make my living. So This is not really acceptable from a company worth x billions of dollars. We need a new set of eyes on these reviews.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One small cord issue, so many unhappy people

    I have had my MacBook Pro 15" for a few years and i've LOVED it ever since! I'm one of the lucky ones who's power cord hasn't frayed on me for about 3 years, but now it's blown right out near where it connects to the computer. I'm with the other people here who ask to have the ability to replace the cord, not the entire power supply! It could be such an easy little fix, that would make so many of us happy! Sometimes it's the little things that people overlook, but make the biggest impact on a product. Please!!! Read these reviews and consider it! I wish I could attach a photo of my busted cord, but I might just mail it directly to you to see our frustrations, we all should, maybe they'll get the hint? Here in Canada I have to pay over $100 to replace mine. Not money I can exactly spend right now, but I have no choice.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    My MagSafe Power Adapter became dangerous!

    Like many of the other loyal Apple folks, my late 2008 Macbook Pro 15" power cord has completely stopped working. I had to buy a new one for $80.00 and while I understand it's older they should not die this way. I have taken extra good care of this older Macbook Pro and it's been amazing except for the power cord where it connects to the MagSafe wire. It is really not safe at all. It seems as if it could become a fire hazard and also it would be easy to fix with better quality wire! So I sadly join the crowd and ask Apple to repair and redesign the power cords and connectors so we can all love our Mac's 100%! Apple I really hope that you are listening!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Get it right Apple

    We have a MacBook Pro and it looks like I am going to have to buy a fourth charger for this. Two were replaced under warranty and I had to buy a third. This one still works -- somewhat. I have to constantly wiggle it around and get it just right in order for it to charge. I did not remember exactly the price of a new one. So, suffice it to say that I am quite displeased and had quite the sticker shock now when I have decided I need to buy a new one.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sadly not durable...

    The one that came with my 2011 MBA lasted until 2015...which is pretty good...apart from the fact that the PC laptops charging cables don't seem to have any problem for the same duration of time.

    Have to spend an additional 108SGD (?!) just to keep my Macbook functional.... X_X

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't complain to much

    I purchased my power supply in 2011 and it held up through a deployment and a 15 year old daughter. I agree could be a better design. Cord snapped at main power supply.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality for high price

    I've had to replace one of these due to the cable breaking apart from the connector.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord frayed out

    The bottom of my cord frayed and i had a short burn through the cable. I've had it a year and a half. I also had the clip that you're supposed to wind that cord around break after six months. This thing is expensive and should be more durable.

    5 of 5 people found this useful