• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    85W MagSafe Power Adaptor

    Dangerous - everyone I know with a MacBook Pro has a frayed cord at either or both ends of the slimmer cord part that goes between the 'box' and the laptop. The wire overheats, burns through the plastic, the plastic splits...even if you wrap it in electrical tape, it eventually burns through that, then the wires burn up and disintegrate! This is the first time I've written a review anywhere...just have to warn people about the danger and ridiculous design. I've read reviews of the same problem in the review section of this website from the present going back 6-7 years. I'm surprised there hasn't been a recall on this in favor of all the Apple users who have purchased the product, rather than the experience I had of walking in an Apple distributor store and being told it was my fault for not winding the cord correctly (me using computers for 30+ years (PC and Apple) having this problem only with this Apple cord)!

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not sure what all the fuss is about

    I have a 4.5 year old MBP and have 3 of these power adapters/cables. 2 for in the house and one on the road. I've NEVER had an issue with the cord fraying near the magentic connector. It's been hit, and kicked at the coffee house numerous times. The rubber collar is in great shape. What are you folks doing to yours that I am not??

    6 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe power Adapter and cord.

    Dear Apple,

    This is a poorly constructed product and very expensive to replace. The MagSafe power Adapter and cord would be better constructed if one had the option of disconnecting the cube from the cord when storing it. Both mine and my brother's have frayed; one close to the cube and the other, at the end which attaches to the computer.

    It would appear that this is an issue you are well aware of since others have complained about this on your review page. Or do you not read these reviews? I am unemployed and funds are practically nonexistent so spending $80 on this is a great hardship!!

    Please FIX this issue! Your computers as good as they are, aren't cheap so the least you can do is provide customers with accessories that last!!

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    one solution to faulty power supply design

    Like many of you, I've been deeply disappointed by Apple's continued sale of a power supply that breaks so easily...but too hooked on my MacBook Pro to stop buying them. I'm about to purchase my fourth power supply. The reliability of this problem is supported by the fact that another company markets a fix for it: the laptop charger protector for MacBook and PC, sold by a major on-line store I can't name here. Just learned about this from a friend who is another Mac user; he says he hasn't had to buy another power supply since he found this.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    i have now got to buy my second replacement of this product as the lead has over heated and the cable has split. the fact you have to buy the full unit instead of replace one part of the assembly makes this an expensive rip off

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I have to replace this charger annually

    I absolutely HATE Apple power adapters. I'm lucky if one will last a year before fraying and eventually breaking. For $80 you would expect it to last a few years. If I could give it 0 stars, I would.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Scratching my Head???

    I have had my MacBook Pro since 2011 when I purchased it new at my local Apple store.
    I had read reviews and noticed that the charger seemed to be a weak link in an otherwise much loved and admired piece of hardware!
    So when the chance to purchase a slightly used but otherwise in great shape magsafe charger I grabbed one and tucked it away waiting for what I assumed would be the inevitable failure of the unit that came with the laptop.
    Fast forward to 4/8/2017 and on a beautiful weekend my wife and I were doing a little spring cleaning and low and behold I found an Apple laptop charger wrapped up neatly still in the packaging it arrived in some 6 years ago!
    While I didn't spend that much for the "back-up " charger I bought, I think it may have cost $50, it turned out that $50 would have been better spent on something else!
    I am still using the original charger my cable never frayed like so many reviews said it would.
    I am pretty careful with my things especially when they cost as much as a fully loaded Apple pro laptop does but I can't think its, what, luck? Am I just so careful my charger made it this far with no issues?
    To see SO many negative reviews most complaining of the same or similar issues how did I manage to not destroy my charger by now?
    So as the title states I am scratching my head I don't think its unreasonable to take an extra 10 seconds and place my pinky near the base of the cable when I wrap it up to make sure I leave a small stress relief loop in the end of it.
    I always wrap the cable around the collapsible tabs built into the charger and then I toss it in my bag and away we go.
    Even my daughter with her MacBook Air that has now reached 4 or 5 years old, I forget which, has never had an issue and she is NOT careful but still no fraying no problem?
    While I am certain all the people that took the time to write a negative review truly have a problem I think its unfortunate that the, in my opinion, much larger group that has no problems at all don't take a moment to write a positive review so here is one for you Apple!

    Have a great day!!

    7 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed with quality

    I am now on my 3rd charger. they don't last very long. I was extra careful with my last one but it doesn't make any difference, they will break no matter what you do to keep them in one piece. The rubberized cord is the problem, it weakens over time and heat and it just breaks up rendering the unit useless.
    Do yourself a favor and don't buy it. I am myself switching all of my electronics from apple to generic PC, at least there I have options to choose from.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Magsafe AC Adapter dies at just 13 months old.

    Until today I had not looked at any reviews about the Magsafe Adapter as neither my wife nor I had a problem over the last year plus. Today however my wife's 13 month old Magsafe made a noise and died. Both ours were on the same circuit and mine is fine so I have to assume it was the Magsafe that failed in some way, not a power surge, etc. Great timing given the 1 year warranty period lapsed a month ago. Lousy timing given one of us has to travel in under 24 hours and the nearest Apple store is beyond reach and no delivery would get to us before the travel...

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    needs to be better

    As with others comments, I have needed to replace the charger once. The second one will be replaced when I have money to do so. I am happy to read others have had problems with fraying.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Same problem...

    Only problem is the cable snaps.. I recommend ebay as it is very cheap.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Power cord is horrible, this will be my 3rd replacement not worth $80

    Dear Apple,

    You guys seriously need to fix this power cord fraying issue! This is simply not acceptable, this will by my 3rd power adapter i go thru in less than a year, WOW! Never again will purchase any more Apple products until you guys get your *%$#@ together. I will be switching to Windows based machines till then.

    Not your friend,


    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I've purchased three

    Why can't they make these things last? My 2012 MacBook Pro has gone through three of these adapters. It's the same every time. The cable rots near the magnetic connector, first turning yellow and then cracking.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    its all wrong with this

    my second ORIGINAL power adapter just fried from inside, also blowing fuses in my apartment.
    it's nuts to make people pay 100 bucks for a power adapter that never lasts longer than 2 years.
    and we have no choice, because non original ones are even worse!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 cords down ordering a third

    All the power cords I have ever had have fallen apart over time. No amount of duct tape rubber cement can keep it together.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design

    The cord will quickly fray at the connector because of the poor design and will eventually have to be replaced. A power adapter, if well designed, should last indefinitely. If the plastic reinforcement at the connector extended an extra inch, the problem would most likely be solved.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still Terrible

    On my third or fourth power cord for my 2009 Macbook Pro. Don't want a new Macbook because they don't have MagSafe though.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    My wife and I have both had to replace the power adapter for our MacBook Pro 15" Retina Displays. Unfortunately, right after the warranty ran out. Manufacturing defect anyone?

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Absolutely poor performance for what has been considered to be a great company. Needs to find a solution for this fraying cord as well as break at the connection point.

    17 of 18 people found this useful