• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Four Years; Nothing Has Changed

    It’s been four years since I wrote a scathing review of this power adapter. In that time Apple has done nothing except change the magnetic connector from a straight in connection to the L-shaped connection. This may help some people, but for me only makes things worse, since my electrical outlet is to the side, not behind the laptop.

    This is poor design and engineering. The main stress on the cord is at the point where it connects to the laptop. The cord is inevitably going to fray and fail at this point. This then requires buying another $79 power adapter, when it could be a much cheaper cord replacement if Apple would just make the cord detachable at the power adapter. They’ve already done it at the electrical plug end, where the cord is beefy and doesn’t get much stress. Why is this concept so hard for Apple to understand? Obviously, they ignore user reviews, because the reviews say this product is a piece of feces.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big Apple fan, but this product is a joke.

    3rd charger in as many years.

    Spent over 3k on this laptop and I expect the highest quality for that price. It's supposed to be the reason we buy Apple.

    This charger has been a problem since it came out and I am disappointed Apple have done NOTHING to rectify it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Apple, I expect better than this!!!

    I really expect better from Apple. Is it really that difficult to make an adapter that will last longer than a year! This is my 3rd adapter and I've owned the computer just over 3 years. What's up with that? My husband has a Dell that's almost 12 years old (I hate Dell), but he's only replaced the adapter once!!!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another $90.00 2nd time in 3 years

    It seems that my cord has started to come apart, again, at the same place. Even though it’s a laptop it is mostly stationary at our house as we travel with our iPad.

    We’ve put electricians tape over top of damage in the hopes to keep it at the 1cm gap….but already the macbook is not gong full charge and it stuck at 95%. If it goes the typical way i suspect it will fray more, exposing more wire and eventually will not charge and will start to spark (green sparks last time)!.

    At $90.00 it sure would be nice that this were either rectified (it seems it’s not a unique problem) or that they would cover it for two years and then Apple could see they need to spend money on a better wire wrap for the magsafe!

    Is there another product, perhaps a generic one that anyone knows of?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really ????

    12-14 months and I'm out $80???? I agree with many other reviewers that comment on Apple being a Technically Superb company but cannot seem to master some of the simplest of requirements. Apple replaces the original power cord that came with the Mac Book Pro, (I received mine last year) and tonight it quits and I have to spend $80. Really????
    LF, Arlington, VA

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One star at most

    These cords are the worst things ever! I've been a macbook user for seven years now and am on my 4th charger cable purchase. I don't misuse these cables, but I do require them to travel with me in my laptop bag - as is usually the case with laptop computers. I would love to buy a cheap cable to replace this, but heaven forbid anything happened to my MacBook Pro that could cause apple to refuse to help me, so here I am, about to fork out another $80 on a power cable.

    With so many negative reviews, why doesn't apple actually fix this? My current cable is held together by electricians tape because I have been "dangerously" avoiding replacing the super expensive cable.

    This is a serious design flaw, and as it's not news to any of us, this should be fixed.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worse product Apple sells

    The material used in the sheathing is not up to par. I will never buy anything Apple again - they should have recalled, reengineered and replaced these for free. The material used in the outer sheathing fatigues no matter how careful you are with it. It won't take the torsional twist which is inevitable. It should have a rotating head. I go through one exactly every 12 months - I will not pay $100/year membership fee for the Apple magsafe adapter club. When I tried to get warranty they blamed me. I had a cheap $300 HP and the cord lasted forever.
    This is not a small thing - I'd get another brand if I were you - for the price they charge everything should work and they should take care of every problem properly. They know about the problem, don't improve it and keep selling garbage.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just another money-grab for Apple!

    Like everyone else mentioned, the only part that messes up and frays is the thin cord that attaches to the actual computer. It happened on my old Macbook, and I had to buy a new cord. Now it's happened again on my Macbook Pro from early '13, and I'm using my last 26% to write you this review SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND. 900 1 star reviews can't be wrong! Stop trying to take even MORE money from peoples pockets! This is a $2300 laptop! Surely you can fix the cords!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm ordering my third Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter

    I'm so unhappy for this adapter. My previous two adapters have the same problem. I wish Apple honor majority of their customers requests to make computer side of the connector replaceable. I also wish Apple will place lifetime warranty for all of their adapters. Seem like I'm spending $85 for every 6 or 7 months for Apple's fault. This is not fair. I wish they will get sues for this.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Product Design

    Dear Mr. Cook, I have been a proud Mac owner since the MacPlus days and my stepfather had your first generation Mac. I am on my second 17-inch MacBook Pro. I love the laptop. However, I do not love the Apple 85W MagSafe Adapter. Over the decade of MacBook Pro ownership, I have replaced my power adapter a total of 6 times. This is no small amount of money. Today, I discovered that my adapter is once again melting before my eyes at the transformer. I won't offer any suggestions on how to correct the problem since everyone else here has already done so and it appears that greed drives the Power Adapter design rather than simple, elegant, reliable functionality, which as you well know is the Hallmark of Apple. I am once again forced to spend $79.00 plus tax to purchase a Power Adapter that I know will fail within 2 years. If I had not been home when power cable began to melt, I am sure a fire would have started, which sadly your poorly designed greed driven Power Adapter would be the cause. Please fix the problem!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please make a better design

    I've had my MacBook Pro since 2010, and have had to buy four replacement power adapters in this time. That's ridiculous! I'm very careful not to put undue strain on on the cords, but they still end up fraying either at the brick or at the magnet. Why can't you at least create a design where we don't have to buy the entire brick when the cords fray.

    I love everything about my MacBook Pro, except the Power Adapter. I know you can do better...

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Like everyone else, wires fray too soon

    I've had to buy 2 of these previously and it is time for a new one. So wasteful, I was extremely careful about storing and using my second power cord because I wanted to prevent it from fraying like the previous. Well, that didn't matter. After a little over a year the wires frayed and now even rigged up w/ electrical tape it will not function...

    Thanks Apple, I'm so glad I get to give you another $80

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just went through my 3th in 3 years

    This is perfect I've already spent €180,- on chargers now about to make that €240,- it's totally ridiculous.

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    are you kidding me?

    so this is supposed to release from the unit when pulled? someone tripped over the cable, and it yanked the wire from the connecting end. no frays at all. this unit is not even one year old yet. poor design!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love Apple, hate this charger!

    Had my macbook for 3 years, it's perfect. However, i am about to go purchase my 3rd charger in 3 years, which is ridiculous at $80.

    Apple, don't you think it is time to embrace cradle to cradle producer responsibility?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    POOR, POOR DESIGN

    How can such an innovative company create such a poor substandard design for of all things....THE POWER CORD!!! I'm on number 4!!! They all fray in one of 2 areas the brick or the end. It doesn't matter how easy and safe I am with the cord, it frays!!! I'm tired of spending $80.00 for something that should at most cost $20.00!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    About to buy my 3rd charger...

    I bought my MacBook Pro about 4 years ago now and have had 2 chargers break in this time. The first charger I would use those cord holders that pop out of the adapter and wrap the cord so I figured bending it so much broke it. Well I didn't wrap my 2nd cord and was very careful with it but sure enough the wire wore out in the same place right next to the adapter after about a year. The annoying thing is I have an extra cord from the plug to the adapter from my last charger but since it broke in the same place I need the part from the adapter the the computer plug in. The fact that everyone seems to have this problem really surprises me that apple hasn't done anything about it. There are a lot of things I like about macs but I will probably need a new computer soon and most likely won't be buying a Mac.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed at the MOST INCONVENIENT TIME EVER.

    My macbook pro is at 50% and I have ten hours worth of homework to complete within the hour and 15 minutes before it dies. Thanks, Apple. Thanks a lot.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed MagSafe Power Adapter

    Why do they call this "SAFE" when it isn't? I had sparks coming from my connector. I am on my second charger. I agree with what others have said. Why not design this adapter so the magnetic cord disconnects from the main box? I can't keep buying new adapters for $80.00. Can you buy a new adapter without the power cord since it does disconnect?

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed Cord Like All The Rest

    Failed cord at transformer even though it has been moved only a few times from desk. Apple needs to fix this and make cord easily replaceable. Ridiculous (greed) to charge $79 for a replacement!

    7 of 7 people found this useful