• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Yet another frayed cable, need detachable cables!!

    I've had my macbook pro for 1 year. And 6 months in, the cable became so frayed at the magnetic connector that i had to wrap duct tape around it. This jerry-rigged solution worked for a few months, but last night it failed altogether, and the cable is so frayed that there's no hope of a home repair. Unfortunately the cable doesn't disconnect from the adapter for an easy/cheap replacement, I have to buy another SEVENTY NINE DOLLAR adapter just for a stupid cable repair. Come on apple! Please make a detachable cable so it can be a $5 replacement instead. Plus there will be one less perfectly good lithium battery decaying in a landfill.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    power cord shreds AGAIN

    I count on Apple for great functional design so the difficulty with the wiring to the magnetic head is frustrating. This is not a new or unknown problem--it has happened to me with other Macbooks, and here I am, once again.

    The wiring is vulnerable around the magnetic head. The wiring there takes a lot of twisting and turning, no matter how carefully it is handled. Because I anticipated this problem, I created a special casing for that join, and the power adapter has lasted longer than others. However, it is now almost toast, and I have to get a new one.

    My Macbook Pro is great, but the adapter needs the Applebrains to redesign this basic flaw. I agree with the other suggestions that a separate and replaceable wire would make it a lot easier and cheaper to repair. Apple, you're better than this.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Power Adapter = 2 months

    I am having to replace the power adapter after using it for only two months because the cable part near the magnet has apparently gotten kinky.

    It started with it sometimes not working, and now there's no way to get it to work.

    Overall I am quite disappointed.

    I would love to see a more environmentally friendly and better designed option in the near future.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disposable Power adapter basically

    Looks like I will be ordering my 3rd power cord for my Macbook Pro as the last 2 have had wires that eventually shorted out. Love the quality Mac products, disappointed in the quality of the power cords. Old edition of Mac laptop, I have had the same problem in the past.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No longer works after 8 months

    I love the magnetic plug but after only 8 months, the electrical wires inside the cable have broken and I have to buy a new one. And I mostly leave the plug in the same location. I'm not carrying it around or bending it. I've tried to be careful with it but it broke just the same. I think it needs to be re-engineered because it's a lot to shell out for a replacement.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    I have had my MCP for several years and I buy a new one of these at least once a year. It just stops working.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    works but not safe

    I just tripped over the cord and it sent my macbook pro off my desk, onto my chair, then slammed on the floor. Not cool. The older and looser magnetic charger owns.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs design tweak

    Here I am a year after purchasing my laptop and having to replace the power adapter. I love the magnetic feature but it the end that connects to the block that I have issues with. Currently I have duct tape around it so as to prevent a fire/exposure of inner wires. Why can't this end be attached in a different way that would eliminate / reduce wear? Apple is good about our environment in the design of its hardware, it's time to make this simple change saving our landfills from an abundance of these power adapters.

    124 of 127 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Design improvement required

    I like the magnet and angle design of the plug. Very cool. I realize the cable needs to be pliant otherwise it would come unplugged every time you fidget with the MBP in your lap. I get it, however, this cable is extremely thin. It's vulnerable. I'm not surprised other people have experienced problems with the cable. My kitten chewed through my cable last night and he's just a tiny little punk, not a big punk like my other cat. I realize it's not Apple's fault about the cat, however, this unit is in perfect working order save for a bite mark on the cable. This is where we need a design upgrade. The cable should plug into the base with a snug connection, that way we can purchase a replacement cable instead of the whole unit in case something happens to only the cable. The current design is like forcing us to throw the baby out with the bathwater. We should be able to keep the adapter and simply replace the cable. From there, it would be nice if we could buy different types of cables, a thicker cable, a different color perhaps. If it were affordable, I would just order a few of them to have on hand in case something happens. Apple, please consider this. It's wasteful and harmful to the environment to have to chuck the whole unit into a landfill just because of a frayed cable.

    237 of 252 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I am on my 3rd charger. They stop working too soon.

    1) if you are not SUPER careful---frayed wire and come apart at area closest to adapter, where I saw green sparks
    2)Have to jiggle or HOLD the wire to get it just right for the power to flow.
    3) even after GREAT CARE they just stop working for no apparent reason (except perhaps built in obsolescence)

    At $80 + a pop, they should last longer than 8 months. Apple should be ashamed of this rip-off.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My suggestion: buy a second one!

    One of these comes with the laptop you purchase. If your electric outlet is inconvenient to reach on a regular basis, then purchasing a second one would be ideal. That way you can leave one at the desk and one in the travel bag!

    4 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hadn’t planned on spending 80$ every year on power!

    This power adapter is even worst then the original version that came with my 2009 macbook pro! I had to replace mine since the wire eventually frayed with only minimal transportation (I use my laptop mainly as a desktop, so it doesn’t get carried around a lot).

    Now the wiring on the new power adapter seems even thinner then the previous model. It's almost as thin as the wire on the ipod usb charger (which in case you are wondering, will also eventually fray!).

    Apple has changed the magnet that goes into the computer, but that's it. Honestly, I am not even sure how this is an improvement since you have to pull even harder on the magnet to get it out now. I'm thinking this power adapter is also going to break in less then a year even though I'm being extra careful when I handle it. Bottom line, these laptop power adapters are horrible. Major design flaws, especially with the material the electrical wire is protected by. Thinking back on all the electronics I have ever bought, I have never had this problem with any of my power adapters. Yes, some adapters do eventually stop working because of an electrical shortage, but even the most meaningless gadgets still have better designed power supplies, made out of durable material. This should be a standard!

    I simply can’t understand how can a product be made so cheaply in 2010!? It doesn’t work and unfortunately people are still going to have to buy this adapter since they keep breaking.

    Horrible, simply horrible apple.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A comment for "horrible design" and "blocks the other ports"....

    Here's a suggestion......

    Turn....It.....Around!!!!!!! Problem solved!

    Love these power supplies. I've got two for my laptop (one I keep at home and one I carry with me) and I've never had a bit of trouble, and I love the new design.

    14 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horrible design!

    The very design of this most recent one makes it hard to use the other ports because it physically blocks them! I can't turn it the other way without taking off my case and having the adapter plug protruding out from the back in an awkward position. Such a bad design that I have been looking for old power adapters online. I have never had any problems with the previous design and have always been happy with it. Don't get this new one unless absolutely necessary.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Well its magnetic

    Gave out and is now humming a few months after my battery gave out... Barely been a year.... AND ITS 79 DOLLARS

    If Windows had Final Cut Pro Id never give these crooks another dime. Period.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design Again

    The new charger design is worse than the previous design, which was poor in the first place. The old design had such a thin wire that the utmost care had to be taken in supporting it unlike the Dell charger, which were supported by having a thick wire. Also, if one were to wrap it around the tabs on the side, there would be too much strain in the connection and cause further damage. Why would you provide them when it causes damage. I believe you want the product to fail so we buy another charger. Also, the most idiotic think is having the plug directly on the charger. The charger is enormous and can barely hold its weight. At least there is the extension cord, but should be default. The new charger, is even worse. You change the direction the wire comes out of the magsafe from sideways, which keeps out of the way, to along the side of the computer, which gets in the way all the time. If you try to move it out of the way, it introduces strain that damages it because it is such a weak wire. Again, this seems deliberate to get more of our money.

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Macbook Too!

    The new power adaptor is great. It is much slimmer than the last power adaptor both at the magsafe end and at the charging block. The 85W will step itself down if you use this on a macbook so it can be used on BOTH the macbook and macbook pro models. Buying this can give you a charger for both if you wish to budget or if you have both and do not wish to have the power adaptor be tied to a specific laptop. Overall a great product.

    12 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    KEEP YOUR RECIPT!!!! - bound to have problems

    As much as I love my mac book pro and apple itself, the 3rd charger I purchased barely lasted for 3 MONTHS and I was very dissapointed in it. Luckily though it was still under warranty and is being fixed at the moment, Lets hope the next one will allow for a longer time.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad design

    These new L-shaped connectors put even more strain on the laptop unless it faces the the direction of the power outlet. As a student who always has to move around and sometimes change outlets, I always have to unplug the adapter and face it the other way lest the magnetic end form a U shape and put the cord under stress. Also, this doesn't pop out from the port like before. It's almost an insult to call it a Magsafe. The few times already, people have tripped over my cord and good thing my laptop was near the centre of the table because the cord did not disconnect at all. It just jerked my laptop around on the table. The old cord connected perpendicularly to the laptop and had 90 degrees of freedom both ways, the new on sits right on the laptop and only disconnects under certain angles.

    62 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New Charger

    The new head is annoying. I am very disappointed that apple changed the design of the charger to this one. The old one was much better.

    16 of 22 people found this useful