• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    another $79 down the hole

    Apple prides itself on innovative and quality product design. The magnetic connection is great but it quickly frays right at the little lighted mag connector. I agree with JG, make the it easier to replace that cord instead or if that is not possible reinforce the thing. I am afraid to buy the cheaper e bay versions however this will be my 4th power adapter for a total of $316 plus tax and shipping. That $12 ebay model looks pretty good right now.

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Work with my 2008 MBP

    My MBP is from late summer 2008. I needed a new power adapter so bought one of these. Worked for 4 days and then stopped. Tried another of this new style and it would not work either. I went to the Apple store and they got the same result, but it charges fine with an old style adapter. The store has ordered an older style adapter for me. The store said they are seeing this issue occasionally.

    23 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine on 2007 Mac Book Pro

    The newer style adapter works just fine on my 2007 Mac Book Pro. The photograph is misleading. The connector is the same, it is just styled differently. My original power adapter last 3 years and only gave out to a voracious 14 month old teething baby. Otherwise I had not experienced any fraying or other problems mentioned in the reviews.

    21 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on my MBP 2007

    My charger went out on me after almost 3 years of working fine. I was kind of worried about this charger being compatible with my later MBP, but I've had no charging issues and it sits firmly in place. When purchased my MBP I also got the AppleCare Protection Plan so they replace my power adapter free of charge.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed power supply

    The power supply has a poorly designed strain relief that allows the wire to break apart at the base of the power supply. I have had my mac laptop for a little over a year, and the power supply is already shot. What is worse is that it seems the wire wrapping mechanism is designed to cause this particular problem. This should not happen, especially because I take very good care of my electronics. I had a clunky old Dell laptop for work for over three years and this problem never occurred with the dell power supply. Unfortunately I need to buy another one of these because I need to use my laptop.

    I have been a fan of Apple products for over a decade. They offer the best computing experience money can buy. Given how well the laptops are designed, this should NEVER happen.

    262 of 271 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why won't Apple fix these awful power cords?

    Well, the answer is clear. They are horribly overpriced at $80 and they break every 8 months or so. Clearly a goldmine for Apple.

    In the past 3 years, I've had one break near the magnetic end and one near the wall plug end. A third just mysteriously quit working, though it looks brand new. I am very careful with these cords, but it makes no difference.

    Also, they get dangerously hot.

    I had just talked my mom into switching from PC to Mac, but honestly now I might talk her back into a PC.

    I know these complaints are not new. Several reviews say the same thing. So when is Apple going to fix the problem? Or at least come up with a "Buy 3 Cords Get 1 Free" deal?

    719 of 746 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How can the power supply be such a bad product?

    I've had my MacBook Pro for about a year and I've already had 2 power supplies fail on me. One failed in that it no longer charges and the other failed in that it's wire unraveled from the base of the power supply. What's more, even when new, the wire wrapping mechanism is woefully substandard compared to the power supply that came with my prior computer, a Dell laptop. I had the Dell for 2.5+ years and never had one problem with the power supply. Plus the Dell cord wrapping mechanism made my Dell power supply a joy to use whereas I hate, hate, hate having to pack and unpack the Mac's power supply, especially when I need to carry the longer cord which simply Apple doesn't provide a wire wrapping mechanism for.

    Okay Apple, you can pour R&D into the iPad and iPhone 4.0 but you just pay no attention to the details like the power supply. Come on, pay a little attention so we can have a better day-to-day user experience with the thing. If it were a better product I wouldn't mind paying an extra $79 for a spare, especially if it didn't die after 6-9 months.

    333 of 356 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes for Unibody, No for older MBP's

    Own Early 2008 MBP and Late 2009 MBP.
    Works on the unibody, does not on my early 2008.
    The port on the new MacBooks are smaller and more shallow, this charger reflects this change and will not make contact with older ports found on non-unibody.
    Buyer beware, save yourself the hassle and find an 'I" MagSafe charger if you have a non-unibody.

    1730 of 2233 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Short a Life Span

    This charger is relatively small, attractive, and gets the job done. I like the magnetic plug - it has prevented many accidents where my laptop would have been dropped. But I can give it no more than 3 stars because its life span is about 1 year if you're lucky. The end that you plug into the computer is made of a flimsy rubbery plastic material that frays and comes apart after even gentle use. My laptop does very little traveling - it usually just sits at my desk or couch - but after just 9 months I was having to reinforce the adapter with electrical tape so that the wires weren't exposed. This is a huge problem with this power adapter, and I'm surprised that Apple hasn't come out with an improvement yet. I won't be paying 79.00 for Apple's, especially when I know it won't be lasting long anyway.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it's great!

    The best part of the new power adapter is that the stiff metal end can direct your power cord away from peripherals using the other ports, minimizing tangles... awesome. Not sure how it will hold up to my heavy travel demands since I've only had it a week but I'm optimistic so far!

    3 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    too hot to the touch

    nice compact size. very compact like the size of my old 12" powerbook pro charger but this thing gets way too hot. I can not touch it. To packup the changer at the end of the doy or even after an hour or two of charging (laptop batteries were drained) I have to give the power brick a chance to cool down before touching to packup the unit in my bag. This needs to be addressed. It should not get this hot. Maybe 85watts is too much power from such a small form factor.

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    Here's a tip. Forget about using the wrap cleats. Use a white cable tie to hold down the cord against 1 side of the tranny, then you'll always wrap it in one direction which will stop the cracking/fraying issues. My follow up tranny has lasted 3 times the first with no signs of any issues. Works a treat. BB.

    Gotta say I'm not a fan of new connection. Takes some wrangling compared to the old block design. :(

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best...

    I personally think that it's quite nice looking and it looks more durable than the old MacBook MagSafe chargers. The only thing I am disappointed about is the fact that it doesn't work with the MacBook at all, only works with the MacBook Pro. If it worked wih the MacBook or they made the same design for the MacBook I would give it a higher rating.

    17 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Still could be better

    Apple has redesigned the magnetic plug into the computer to be a little bit more sturdy. But the other end of the DC line is still rather weak. The two connection points in the DC line always break after a year or so of regular use and less if its intense use, sometimes they can be fixed with electrical tape. I have had one begin to smolder. I now build up the ends near the connectors with electrical tape to make then more study and last longer when first using the power supply instead of waiting until they break.

    31 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Why should something as seemingly simple as a power cord be so clumsy to use? First, the base of the power cord is a huge box, and you have a short cord attached that magnetically links to your computer. The cord is so short, 99% of the time, I need to attach it to the much thicker extension cord that comes with it. The power box and cords take up so much space, I need a separate bag just to carry them. On top of all that, try to plug the power box into the wall outlet and it's a balancing act. If you tap it or tug the cord slightly, the box falls from the outlet.

    22 of 86 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    nice update for charger

    I have tried to get my wife to press down on the adaptor to release it from her
    MacBook Pro instead of pulling it out by the cord, like Apple instructs us to. But
    I learned what I think Apple already knows: It is hard to get people to read the instructions and harder yet for them to always follow instructions. The new design looks like it will solve this. To people that complain about price, my order
    was on late thursday evening, it was transfered to FedEx the same night and delivered by Saturday Noon, all for free! So I think you would have to subtract 15 or 20 dollars from the price, they just have great service.

    1 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The plug does not block any ports

    Hey NP from Singapore - turn the the plug around!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but not great for casing users and firewire/ethernet users....

    Using a casing makes it slightly tilted and easy to fall...and using ethernet and firewire will be hard coz this long thing blocks it...

    27 of 103 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rechargeable battery

    Buyers be aware of the poor craftsmanship of the 85W Mag Safe Power Adapter. Apple attempted to use a rubber material to reinforce the wiring so that it would not tear or fray, however after only a short while I am facing another $80.00 to replace the entire charging unit. This will make my third battery purchase in the past year and a half due to the poor quality of engineering and materials that Apple has put on the market. Please note that this does not include the 1st charger which was "given" to us since it was still under warranty.

    I hope this feedback is helpful in designing a better charger overall.

    32 of 74 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great but pricey

    The only time I had to replace mine was because my dog chewed the cord. I love having the long or short cord option. The MagSafe has saved me quite a few times and just makes me feel less worried that one of my kids will trip over it. I don't understand why it can't cost $20 to $40 less though.

    68 of 119 people found this useful