• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm seriously considering switching from Mac to PC over their flimsy cords.

    Warning: If you actually travel to and from work/school with your Macbook Pro, be prepared to buy no less than two of these per year. If you for all intents and purposes keep your power adapter (and by extension, your laptop) confined to your house expect to purchase no less than one of these per year.

    As an architecture student, I went with a Mac purely due to allegiance as all the programs I need are primarily PC-based programs meaning I run everything via Parallels or Bootcamp and use the Mac side of things only really for mail, the web, Adobe, and video. If these power adapters aren't fixed in two years when I make my next computer purchase I will switch to PC as I will have had enough.

    Ten years should be more than enough time to learn how to make cords that are as long-lasting as your competitors. While I realize you are gaining money by doing this in the short-term, it doesn't take a genius to realize that you're losing customers in the long-term as well. When you're buying such a pricey computer in the first place you expect a certain amount of quality, something your cords, be it power adapters, iPhone chargers, and earbuds seriously lack.

    28 of 28 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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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook charger cable is a total liability. Thin, Frail, Unreliable.

    The thin cord which connects the computer to the round rectangular piece will fray at the connection to the rectangular box after little more than one year of normal wear and tear usage. Tried to use black electrical tape as a stop gap measure this time, but when the cord is inadvertently moved it will lose power. To make matters worse, my macbook pro needs a battery replacement too, so as soon as the cord has a power interruption, the computer dies and I lose all of my work :(

    Should I buy another brand new charger? Should I buy a new battery? Should I buy an entirely brand new computer from apple?

    This is my second macbook charger that bit the dust and while I have generally enjoyed good service from apple, there is no reason why I should have to buy 3 chargers for the same computer. I am in the market for a new computer right now and I can assure you that if apple has the same flimsy charger cables when it comes time to purchase, I will be switching back to PC. These thin white charging cords are a theme throughout the apple product line and they are of terrible design and inferior quality. How hard is it to make a cord with more substantial rubber shielding so they don't tear apart?


    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extortionate Replacement Cost

    Extremely disappointed that although I've taken good care of my Mac charger, it will cost me (a student) $130 to replace. Blatant profiteering and designed obsolescence on the part of the cheap and fragile cable.

    There is no reason for this to be so expensive.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Charger

    I have now replaced this charger 3 times for my current computer and three times for the previous MacBook Pro. The magconnection becomes loose and the wires become frayed and break. There has to be a better design. I have had the same problems with my iPhone and iPad connections. Please, PLEASE correct the design.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Never buying a macbook again, the charger keeps on breaking. My fifth charger just broke

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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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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another unhappy customer

    Same thing you will have heard thousands of times. These chargers are hopeless. The cable from the main block frays and ends up shorting because the design is appalling. It is not fit for purpose. When will something be done about this? I have had many laptops over the years and not a single one of them have I had to replace the charger on. But with the Mac- two in two years. And I am very careful with mine.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    As a poor student who relies on my macbook for EVERYTHING, having a weak link like this charger is ridiculous. A 5-year-old with a crayon could design a better charger. The current iteration is bulky, ugly, sickly and frail. I'm now on my 3rd charger (they break down approximately every 24-months regardless of how well you take care of them). Now I'm an extra $240 in the hole due to the ridiculous price of these poor chargers that probably cost $2 to mass manufacture. Thanks Apple, back to PC's for my next laptop.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not fit for purpose

    totally useless design, 3rd charger in 3 years of very light use... with/despite the multitude of lousy reviews you would think someone may be embarrassed into action... but on the other hand...

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Product!

    I bought this charger after my last one stopped working. After only a few months of using it the outer rubber coating that covers the wires started to rip. I have had to tape most of it up to keep it together. It's just getting gradually worse and has now started to heat up!

    Why can't apple produce a reliable charger that lasts more then a year!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Having to now buy my 3rd charger in a year and a half, every single one has the same issue, internal connections sever, rendering the charger useless, because my battery is also dead, its cheaper than paying £101 for a new battery! Come on apple, we have forked out enough money for the mabook...GIVE US A BREAK!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If I could rate below 1 star I would

    As a student I rely heavily on my MacBook to access homework, today my Mac was at 10% so I went to grab my power chord mid-way through an online timed exam and surprise, surprise my power chord just decides to stop working, so not only did my computer die halfway through my exam but this is my 3rd power chord! I am fairly gentle with my chords, but don't worry, they'll start to twist and fray in a matter of months regardless of how well you care for it. At this point I'm pretty convinced that Apple won't redesign this power adapter because it brings in more revenue when customers have to continuously repurchase this overpriced product, obviously we don't have a choice, either buy it or have a useless MacBook. Maybe you should start giving out free punch cards and the fourth one is free!? Thanks for all the help Apple....

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    On my third one

    Ridiculously priced especially when they twist on their own and rip apart. Extremely infuriating.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I agree with other posters. Between my wife and myself and adult daughter, all three of our adapters for our respective MacBook Pros have failed within the last 30 days. This is ridiculous, and the unit is overpriced. As advanced as Apple's products are, this is the one perpetual Achille's heel of what are otherwise excellent computers. I agree: Apple, do something about this problem. Make an adapter with a cable that won't become frayed at the transformer!

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Design

    Until I read the reviews, I thought it was just me being rough on cords. Am now on my 3rd adapter. They end up looking almost chewed up, independent of the care with which I treat them. Agree with others that Apple needs to change the design ASAP.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Now I am shopping for cord #4....YES, you heard me correctly: cord #4!! A person pays over 2000 for a computer, and you think APPLE can at least create a durable cord that lasts and gives a lifetime warranty!!

    Fix the problem APPLE!! The one star outweighs the other stars!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    just terrible

    Ofcourse it is the poorly made THIN CORD!

    I wish there was i way to get refund for this therrible product. I seriously don't want to pay 100 EUR (that is how much it costs in my country) to get another one, especilly having read these reviews. Obviously, there is a high possibility it will happen again.
    Fixing it is also not an option, so thank you Apple for overpriced product that has a lifespan of maximum 2 years!

    However i can't use my 2000 $ laptop without it, so yeah, FIX IT FOR FUTURE USERS AT LEAST!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The *one* Apple cable I have no complaints about

    I know I'm going to get a lot of "unhelpful" votes for this review, but this is my experience. I generally love Apple products but hate their cables. They do not last. Any of them. Except for my power cable. Over five years and still going strong. And no, it hasn't just been sitting in one place collecting dust. I've traveled the world with it. Squished it into my my backpack. Abused it. Plugged it into questionable voltage adapters when I forgot my Apple adapters. What finally killed it (and the reason why I'm even here reading these reviews)? Puppy teeth. I even repaired it once with Sugru and it kept working. Unfortunately, it didn't survive the last assault. I will now mourn its death and hope that the next cable lives until they get their adult teeth.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe power cords are just awful


    The cord that connect to the computer is SO thin that it pulled away from the transformer (white square in middle of cord) and is now frayed and irrepairable. It is horribly designed and extremely overpriced. Just ridiculous. 1-stars is too many, but there is no 0-star rating for revieiwng this poorly-designed product.

    lol...got "Some words in your review cannot be published. Please revise your review." on my first attempt, so had to revise!

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